Yemen

I wrote these two short pieces in 2019, to be sung outside the last arms fair at the Excel Centre in London. I hoped that they would rapidly become obsolete; historical notes to a shameful episode in British history. However, despite the U.S announcing they will no longer sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, the UK […]

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The Wonderful World of Invertebrates

A light-hearted look, through song, at some of the amazing insects and other invertebrates who have been on the earth so much longer than humans   Now on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi10A3P6itY&t=

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No Reason to Come Down

Another collaboration with Helena Paul, put together for the Knighton Literary Festival on line. Poetry and musical improvisation, musings on life in its many forms Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YDb1p4Bi8U  

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Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

It is 75 years since the total destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Despite the efforts of governments and millions of concerned people across the world, the nuclear clock is as close to midnight as it was in the Cold War. Yet the UK still refuses to get rid of Trident and sign up to the […]

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Earth Our Home, a piece for Lightnight 2020

Lockdown scuppered the Liverpool Lightnight Festival this year but not all is lost. Here, in two parts, is a selection of poetry and music, recorded by myself and Helena Paul, another co-founder of Footloose. This material would have formed part of our live performance. All artwork by Helena. Earth Our Home Part 1 Earth Our […]

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Body percussion for children and families

If you want something different to do at home, here are some rhythm exercises using hands, feet and face, for children and families. Have a listen and then experiment with your own ideas.

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Vocal improvisation ideas

Here are some ideas you can try out at home when you feel bored. The great thing about doing it in isolation is you don’t need to worry about getting embarrassed and wondering what other people think! Body percussion /music – rubbing hands Different hand claps Hands tapping face Thighs and feet Vocalisations 1 Vocalisations […]

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Insect sounds

Insects hear in many different ways, with many different parts of the body. I don’t know how one cricket sounds to another, but suspect it is nothing like the sounds we hear. Here’s some recorded cricket calls, vastly slowed down, so the rhythms can be picked out by human ears.

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Defenders of the Forests

Paulo Paulino Guajajra, in Brazil, and Liviu Pop, in Romania, are the most recent forest rangers to have been murdered trying to protect the forests they loved. Many others have been killed, attacked or threatened – for being  guardians, protecting the earth. This lament is for all the ancient forests in the world, and all […]

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