Transition BH Music Evening with Alex Roberts at the Green House Hotel
Sunday 22 Jan 2012
Around 40 of us gathered at the Green House Hotel, thanks to Gwyn for organising the evening, Olivia O’Sullivan and her team at the Green House for hosting us (for free), and most of all, Alex Roberts for entertaining us (also giving his time for free), and then leading us in participative music. You can find Alex music at www.alexrobertsmusic.com
Gwyn introduced the session that rather than ‘taking’, we should all be giving of our time, and Alex exemplified this. Alex confessed to be a bit nervous – getting a whole bunch of adults to do participative music, which he normally does for groups of children or youths.
This snipped was from the soundcheck
He threw into the song introductions of time he spent in India, studying music, nearly a year spent in a tipi on a farmers campsite on the Purbecks, working the land and composing music, but he seems to have drawn inspiration from a wide variety of musical traditions and cultures from across the world.
After a brief set, including a poem set to music and played on his wedding present (a bouzouki brought back from Athens), and a tune on a steel hawiian guitar made in Christchurch, we were all led in deep breathing, making shared vocalisations that north american Indian tribes might use to make sound together. And then drumming. I caught a short clip (apologies, it is a bit dark, and now I find a bit big to fit onto this site !). So that’s too much to do tonight.
Andrew Hope, from the transition group made some quick sketches.
An entertaining and sociable evening for folk involved in Transition from across the BH area.
If you missed Alex, or want to catch him again, I have just noticed he is playing at the Bournemouth Folk Club Sun 4th March.