Carlisle Pageant Parade – come and sing!


Hi! Would you like to join a small group of singers and drummers heading up the Carlisle Pageant Parade this Saturday? The pageant features fantastic life-size puppets of unsung Cumbrian women made by Prism Arts.
I am looking for people to sing a short verse in unison (folk style) and a call and echo groove (protest/gospel style). All easy to learn and pitched low as we will need to sing loud to be heard. We need a few people to belt out the tune and then there are opportunities for others to harmonise.
I am attaching mp3s, words and scores. If you don’t have time to learn the tune but would like to help out by singing the groove or adding a bit of percussion that would be wonderful – numbers will make it much more powerful.
There will be a chance for a sing through beforehand at 1pm outside Civic Centre when we meet up before the 2pm parade.
As the parade moves on we will alternate the two sections with drumming grooves and a horn motif.
Do please come and join in if you can – all ages welcome! Suitable for toddlers and babies in buggies! This is about communal singing as part of a celebration rather than a performance so all singers and (“non”) singers welcome.
I’ve set the music to words are taken from a poem written by Susanna Blamire, one of the “Unsung Women” who was known as “The Muse of Cumberland”.
If you are interested can you get in touch asap?
If enough people ask for it I can organise an evening rehearsal this week.
Looking forward to it!
Cheers, Jilly

Blues and Beyond


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Saturday 5th May 2-6pm
You can enrol through the Sage.

Carol Book

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Will Michael Jazz Education Award

BlueJam was awarded a diploma along with three Music Hubs from around the UK last week. Jilly shown here receiving it!
This is a real boost for the work being done by all the organisations promoting youth jazz in Cumbria and for the Music Hub’s commitment to a viable and innovative jazz development programme.
Congratulations to everyone!

Penrith Improv Choir songwriting session Nov 2017

Tonight there was a small group of 4 – we had been working on vocal dexterity last week and this week I had just done a skill swap with Catherine Ashcroft who is a lovely whistle player so I thought I would use the whistle and the way it sounds on a jig with some rolls and cuts and move that onto the voice. We then took a 14C secular carol and sang it to the jig then Ruth improvised a new tune. We then moved that into different time signatures and worked out a chord structure. We ended up going over time we got so engrossed. I will put the tune up in vocal union – it is beautiful – thanks Ruth!