From left to right: Nat Brookes, Beth Gifford, George Sansome, Sophie Crawford, Lisa Heywood
Last week, I had the pleasure of playing for the Queer Ceilidh Dance Party at Cecil Sharp House.
The event was organised by Queer Folk, a fledgling organisation amplifying LGBTQIA+ performers and history. The audience was the most diverse I have ever seen at C#, and they were a fabulously enthusiastic, appreciative and respectful bunch! We had 130 punters in, so I have no doubt that EFDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society) will be begging George and Sophie of Queer Folk, to come back and host another queer ceilidh dance party. This week they have a residency at the Sage Gateshead and they are working with some incredible musicians including Holly Clarke. Follow Queer Folk on Facebook to be kept in the loop about the exciting things that they're planning for the future.
New string quartet arrangements every other friday
Starting this Friday. every two weeks I will be publishing an arrangement for string quartets, ideal for wedding and function bands. Each arrangement will be of famous ballad or track released by a female presenting artist in the '90s or '00s. I'm kicking things off with Love Story by Taylor Swift on the 4th and I'll be following it up with Teenage Dream by Katy Perry on the 18th of March. If you can't wait until Friday, you can check out my arrangements from last year on Sheet Music Plus I would especially recommend checking out my arrangements of Secrets and Skyfall. I'll be doing a more in depth blog on my arrangements in the near future, so come back for that.
Lastly, it is less than a month before I will be sitting in Josh Clarke's studio recording my debut album. I am working with three absolutely brilliant musicians and I can't wait to share what we've been working on with the world! If you want updates please like my (pretty new) Facebook Page
You can check out my contribution to the Queer Online Folk Festival QOFF: Concert Showcase. Or better yet watch the whole showcase which also features George and Sophie of Queer Folk. The quality this year is exceptional throughout.