As well as song writing and occasional gigging, I have the privilege to play regular daytime solo sessions in dementia units, and rest homes, experiencing first hand the wonderful effect that music has, on the folks that I sing to.
My aim is to communicate encouragement, joy and fun through the music, and especially with these sessions, I try to 'tap in' to individuals, and bring songs which may trigger a precious memory or two. Armed with percussion instruments, guitar, (sometimes piano), and an ever increasing song list, I'm loving every minute of this particular daytime music venture, finding great reward in the wonderful smiles and responses from the old folks!
Have just been in the studio again with producer Dave Draper, at Tower Studios, Pershore, recording a real upbeat song of encouragement, called 'Not a day goes by'.
Hopefully will soon get it uploaded onto the digital platforms, and maybe even get a nice video to go with it!
Fri 29th Sep - Macmillan Coffee Morning, Audley Offices, Great Malvern 10.30am Sat 30th Sep - the Great Malvern Hotel 9pm (Black Pears Country Blues Band)
AIRPLAY ON BBC Hereford & Worcester
These are my songs which have been picked as tracks
of the week on BBC Hereford & Worcester, over the last year or so - featured by their 'Introducing' programme.....exciting to have heard them played several times a day for the week that they were featured!
**All my songs are available on all the major music download and streaming sites worldwide......so please look me up!**
'THE BLACK PEARS'
Photo by Julie-Anne Goode
It's already been over a year since I joined forces with the brilliantly talented Ben Church, to form our little country blues n folk band, and it's taken this long for the boys to decide what we wanna be called. So, because of their love for real ale (I'm always the taxi driver on our gigs!) we've chosen THE BLACK PEARS.... as it's the name of a locally brewed beer here in Malvern.! Also, we've been absolutely thrilled to welcome our newest member, the fab Keith Baker, on drums, whose tasteful and sensitive playing perfectly completes our sound!
So if you enjoy a bit of foot tapping country bluesy tunes and ballads, then please get in touch.......we cover songs from Dylan, JJ Cale, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder and many others.
Ben Church on acoustic/slide/electric guitar, harmonica & vocals, Gareth Sampson on bass, myself on acoustic & vocals, and Keith Baker on percussion and drums.
We don't take up too much space, and play at a comfortable noise level!!
.......or you can just book little ol' me, with my guitar or piano..... singing a mixture of classic covers, with a few of my originals thrown into the mix....
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or the contact Carol page. x
(Photos by Julie-Anne Goode)