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Wind, Feather and An Exhibition

Saw this today and thought you, Dear Readers, might like it too.

Walking into town this afternoon, my eye was caught by a pretty little feather on the path.

Redruth has been privileged to be hosting a remarkable exhibition by Ukrainian artist Evhen Bal ‘Artifacts of Zero’. These antiwar artworks are made of Russian shrapnel and spent munitions that Evhen collected near Severodonets, Mykolaiv and at the Kramatorsk Railway Station. ‘Zero’ refers to military slang – the forward position, closest to the enemy, of fighting units.  The exhibition is not beautiful in any conventional sense but talking to the artist and learning more about the war, the people, the community spirit, the grabbing hold of life was such a powerful and moving experience.  The following poster was up on the wall.

Slava Ukraine

 

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Reflections, Gig and Bunting

We parked on the quayside in Falmouth before going to a Femmes de la Mer gig which was on to mark the launch of their cd. The reflections in the harbour were lovely.

Femmes de la Mer

It was a brilliant evening, lovely harmonies, shanties and other songs with a feminist slant and, in the audience, Harry Glasson, the writer/composer of Cornwall My Home, regarded by many as the Cornish Anthem.

Beautiful sequinned bunting decorating the venue

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2022 in Cornwall, Falmouth, gigs, music, Postaday2022

 

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Peace and Charity Auction

Singing at the Zed Shed where this vision of peace greets us in the morning, is very soul restoring.

Choir this morning have recorded a short piece for the ShelterBox Auction. The top bidder for us will win an hour’s concert!   Here is a YouTube video for you of The Suitcase Singers singing Anne Glanville

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnXNwa5XTVA

When our Ukrainians were with us, I contacted Spotlight South West to encourage them to see the show and do interviews with the Hooligan Art Community. Here is the interview for you to see. It takes a while to load.

 

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Goodbye, Last Sunflower and A Song

Photo by Danylo, thank you!

Unloading all the luggage from the truck ready to catch the train

Our last Sunflower brought in from the garden

My choir sang ‘Love Will Carry Me’ and I put it here for our  Ukrainian friends, their families, their friends and their country.

It’s very quiet at our house tonight.  Bunker Cabaret will next be performed on October 14th at The Point in Eastleigh.

P.S. I up-dated yesterday’s post with some photos.

 

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International Day of Peace and Peggy Seeger

September 21st is the United Nations Day of Peace. You can read more about its origins and this year’s theme here.

End racism

 

One of Peggy Seeger’s songs that I love is, “How I long for Peace.”  I sing it loudly in the car and feel every word deeply.

I wish for peace for all of you and those you love, my Dear Readers.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2022 in music, Peace, photography, Postaday2022, singing

 

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Volunteering, Dahlias and Peggy Seeger

We’ve been out and it’s very late so please call back tomorrow for photos and words. 🙂

That was a very busy day. First we went to help paint the old Redruth Library which has been abandoned for sometime but is now undergoing change. It is to become a community space for The Writers’ Block, for creativity, for story telling and writing workshops, for drama and performance. A call was put out for volunteers to help paint the first story telling room so off we went. The pictures tell the start of the restoration of this room, preparation and starting to paint. I did work as well as taking photos! Permission was given for all photos to be shared.

Wonderful colour was to be found at the National Dahlia Collection where we went late afternoon.

The best was yet to come.  We went to St Ives to see the wonderful Peggy Seeger. What a woman she is, still performing at 87, still the fierce feminist and activist. She was supported by her singer songwriter son, Neil and their last song which she said was her goodbye to us all, was her beloved Ewan MacColl’s goodbye to her and his family, “The Joy of Living.” I suspect there were few dry eyes in the house.

I bought a tea towel from her ‘merch’ table – I already had the other stuff!

 

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Penryn River, Sails and A Wedding Present

Just before we started our singing this morning, I spent a few minutes looking along the river.

After singing this beauty came along.

A friend of the choir is getting married at the weekend but we can’t all be there so we sang ‘This Love Will Carry’ for him and his bride.  It starts with the sops, the altos come in , then the tenors (inc me) and lastly the basses until the whole choir is singing and sending love to the happy couple.

 

My Choirs Sang at The MInack!

Enjoy the gallery, photos taken by the lovely Mr S. Click on any photo for the caption and to enlarge. We all certainly enjoyed singing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Rowena Wade’s Minack Theatre.

 

Fathers’ Day and Shanty Festival

Such a delicious breakfast to mark Fathers’ Day as the lovely Mr S opened his stuff – Waffles with creme fraiche, maple syrup, strawberries and blueberries.  

Singing is always fun and the Shanty Festival enormous fun – today we sang in the wind and rain!

 

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Mist, Murdoch Day and Music

I woke very early this morning and could just make out the horse in the back field as it was standing in the mist.

It’s Murdoch Day in Redruth when the whole town turns out to celebrate William Murdoch, the talented mine engineer and inventor who lived in Redruth. His house was the first in the UK to be lit by gas lighting in 1792. He also built a steam-powered ‘car’ that he tested on the town roads.

And for your delectation……

 
 
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