An English City Garden

Spring rises from the frozen ashes of the winter, a green haze begins to appear on the bushes and trees, the council have collected the fly-tipping and the little birds continue to visit us.

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Yet the trees on Chamberlain Avenue still await their fate. I can only imagine an Ent has been turned by the council and has been quietly herding the trees into their cage to await their fate. I hope they survive as a feature for the new development but the recent reports of the netting of hedgerows and trees and even the sandbanks of Norfolk suggest the council and developers may not have nature’s best interests at heart.

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Lichfield Arts Festival of Folk Song Writing Competition 2019

I entered the Lichfield Arts Festival of Folk (L2F) song writing competition last year, submitting ‘Say Goodbye To Me Gently’ and ‘I Remember’. They have a very active music calendar and I attended a few gigs and concerts such as 3 Daft Monkeys (the night they had a stage invader), Roving Crows (the night it snowed and we barely made it home) and Emily Smith when I was living in the area.

I didn’t make the short list of the competition so I didn’t get the opportunity to perform in the finals at the event. I did however get some nice feedback from the judges who said they were “particularly impressed“ with ‘I Remember’.

I have entered again this year, submitting ‘Chamberlain Road’ and ‘Something’s Changing’, so finger’s crossed for this year.

 

 


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We’ve Seen It All

I recently submitted a duologue to Harpers Titchy Theatre for inclusion in the Penkhull Mystery Plays. I wrote it a few years ago, back in 2016, in a bar in Dublin one night over a glass over wine or two. I had only performed it once at Food for Thoughts in Gloucester and had dragged Dave Dunwell into performing it with me. I think it went well.

Fast forward to 31st March 2019 and I’m sitting in the audience at the pop-up Harpers Titchy Theatre in Penkhull village hall and I’m more nervous than I have ever been when performing anything myself. I had let the duologue fly free and now it was all grown up and being performed without me.

It was great, the actors were great, I loved it. If you want to see it for yourself then the next performance will be on Saturday 13th July 2019 at the Penkhull Mystery Plays.

We’ve Seen It All – A Duologue

 


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Clipped Wings

The weather has turned a little colder here in Stoke-on-Trent, it’s raining outside and I’ve been practicing a new picking technique from a book I picked up in a charity shop a few weeks ago.

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Everyone else in the Folk world seems to have a variety of picking methods available to them. I’ve watched the likes of Martyn Joseph and Chris Wood effortlessly using a whole range of different methods. This book looks like a great introduction to this new world.

The one I have been practicing is the ‘thumb pluck variation in 4/4’ which goes like this:

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I’m sure I will get the hang of it very soon, at the moment concentrating on playing the right chords, singing the right words and using the new picking style is quite tricky, especially on this song ‘Clipped Wings’ as I’m still finalising the words on it and haven’t learnt it all yet:

 

 


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There’s an eclectic mix of posts on here, from writing and poetry to banjos and guitars, art, photography and computing, so feel free to dive in and have a look around,

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James