Fri 16th Oct concert features songs written for the Mayflower sailing 400 years ago, inspired by Bookcrossing book

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Hello everyone! Just writing to let everyone know that thanks to the kindness of bookcrosser Deltic, I was able to read a book that explained the situation in which the Separatists found themselves in England before they went to live in Holland, prior to their subsequent departure on the Mayflower Ship. Here is the book: https://bit.ly/3lLALQt

It turned out to be very well written and very informative. And I then passed it on to a musician who expressed interest, at the start of this year, in writing a cycle of songs for the 400th anniversary of the ship's sailing. I live in Rotherhithe, just SE of Tower Bridge, from where the ship set out. The musician like me found the book very interesting (he has yet to write a journal!) and supplemented by further reading about the actual journey, he and his duo partner have created some wonderful music which will be performed for the first time here on Friday 16th October. We will have an audience present. We will also be LIVESTREAMING (with luck...!) So everybody here can watch it.

If you are on facebook, then here is the event for the livestream: https://bit.ly/370UfMO

If you are not on facebook, you can watch it on my website - link in my profile.

Here is a trailer: https://bit.ly/36HkS9f

Thank you Bookcrossing community - you have helped me venture into the realm of commissioning music, albeit without a budget and with a lot of good will from all sides!

You can read a nice article about it in my local paper here: https://bit.ly/3nxZyck

 

That looks really interesting! Although I expect the indigenous peoples would take exception to the statement that "we won't cause any trouble"!

I'm not on Facebook but will watch it on your website once you have the link up.

 

That looks really interesting! Although I expect the indigenous peoples would take exception to the statement that "we won't cause any trouble"!

I'm not on Facebook but will watch it on your website once you have the link up.

Yes of course... the hint of irony I think can be felt in the song... I think back in the day it will have been true that none was intended, though alas fate was to have it another way. We will be having an American actor reading between the songs, to set the scene, and his father as it happens was native American, because he was adopted. His brother is an expert on the topic. I would LOOOOVE to have music from the Wampanoag people and a whole focus on that, but as it is this has all been put together without any budget at all. The musicians are focusing on the Mayflower passengers but it is with the story of migration around the world, native rhythms and roots in mind that I approach the whole topic - as this is one part of many aspects.

Anyway, I do hope a few bookcrossers might watch... Who has the facebook page? I would, with their agreement, be happy to crosspost the concert onto the bookcrossing page there.

And yes, the link should go live on my page at 7.45pm with music from 8pm in the UK. I think there's a 6 hour difference with the East Coast in North America.

 

Very cool indeed!

 

Hi everybody!!

Maybe a few of you tried to watch the livestream? I'm sorry to say that although the livestream worked, we failed to get it onto my website, and also on facebook it didn't pop up in the place we intended. Nor did it have perfect sound....

BUT we have now put on the sound that it SHOULD have had on the day and edited it only ever so slightly. The first half is dedicated to the Mayflower and much inspired by the Bookcrossing book Deltic sent me. The cellist has yet to write a journal but I am working on that...

We streamed the improved version on Thursday night and it is still available to watch, on my website, on Facebook and on Youtube. http://bit.ly/1WZfz9j

 

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