May and June
Roots into reverence pilgrimage including words from pilgrim Joseph and some of the evenings music sharing from the church), a festival recording with a Maya Angelou poem from the bbc introducing stage at The Great Estate festival and a bit more on the Catholic Worker Asylum seeker Farm project where i’ll be on July the 1st for their fundraiser festival.
With organising friends Beth Thomas and Jess Stein, and musician friends Kareem Ghandour and Michiel De Koning we joined a bunch of ‘pilgrims’ for a day of walking and evening of singing and music with a church sleepover at Firle, near Brighton.
Roots into Reverence begun at Beth’s time on the Spiritual ecology programme at St Ethelbergers aims to bring people in touch with the spirit of contemplation and celebration with a day of walking; with silence, songs and sharings followed by an evening event – this time a sound ‘journey’ themed on the seasons –
here is a little of it – if you would like to hear the full piece i’d be happy to send it through.
Thanks to those who put money into our refugee places sponsorship that made it possible for those with a refugee background to attend..
Ugandan activist and writer Joseph, involved with refugee work in England for some years, came and has blessed me with these words to share (: ) thank you dear Joseph)
a few amongst many beautiful stories and laughter Joseph brought us 😊. As did everyone , beautiful day. More pilgrimages planned for the future.
Thanks to BBC Introducing for this – and giving some airtime on the Southwest Introducing shows – Lay Down from their stage at the Great Estate Festival. And thanks to o to Drakey and team on the sound (pictured here at soundcheck – such an easy nice experience)
I mention Maya Angelou’s ‘A Brave and Startling Truth’ – heres what I read later on –
We, this people, on a small planet
Traveling through space
past stars, across suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth
And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms
I’m releasing something …
After around a year of making some recordings, I’m putting together the album of songs Going to be a few months – meanwhile (in the next few weeks I’ll make a before album 4 track ep available through the Bandcamp community.
Ahead of that I have put up ‘Be Still’ there -please download and an donation you wish to make (with no obligation) will go towards my recording and travels
Lastly a short film about The Catholic worker Farm, I’ll be there on July 1st (Sunday morning) as part of their annual fundraising music festival to lead some singing. I found this film so touching – tickets are still available – its in Watford.