“Come Along & Join Us…”
Time flies. It doesn’t seem a whole year since the excitement was building around the first Viva Musica! event at The Fuse, and the panics were beginning to set in about whether or not everything would be ready, and whether the event would work. By this time last year Miguel and I had put in around 7 months of effort in terms of the planning, and countless others had added their contributions and pledges of support, from technical to catering, from music rehearsal to decorating the place. That was an ‘invitation only’ event. This year we have two events, one at Levenshulme Old Library on 13thMay and a second at Todmorden Unitarian Church on 20thMay. This year’s events are for all.
Viva Musica! events are all inclusive, irrespective of age or ability. Inclusiveness is really important to us. You make a record and then it’s done. You do a gig, and then it’s done. There has to be something more to offer than just a record, or just a performance, no matter how good the end result. Records and gigs create memories but they do not sustain dreams. Some who attend Viva Musica! are not aware they have a skill, some get the opportunity to play an instrument they may never have played before, some simply have a love of playing music. So bring along your instruments and your voices. That is what Viva Musica! is all about.
So what do the events entail?
There are two parts to a Viva Musica! event:
- An afternoon music workshop that is free to all.
- An evening gig by a number of collaborative performers
The afternoon session is all about empowering people to play music. It comprises a brief introduction followed immediately by a talk about a specific instrument, a song writing journey, or music experience. An open jam session (or several different sessions) follows where a musician will lead the jam and everyone else just joins in. You don’t have to worry about ability because it’s the taking part that counts. The event is finished off by a second short talk and brief performance.
The evening session comprises several gigs by independent recording artistes, with all the proceeds going to the community facility that hosts Viva Musica! The artistes themselves can sell their CDs and merchandise, but also benefit from video recordings of their performances to use as and how they wish.
Viva Musica! builds confidence, and last year’s event is proof of that:
Matt Steady from Leicester who plays violin, bass and Uilleann Pipes on my recordings went on to support Under A Banner from Wolverhampton at a Midlands gig. UAB did a rare acoustic gig at The Fuse and have done a number since. Matt also recorded with both me and The Lewinskies who are over from Nova Scotia to join us again this year. Emma Perry and Kate Ferris were brave enough to do their first acoustic gig for last year’s event and recently recorded their first song, a cover of Green Light by Lorde. Emma and Kate also support my music, and recorded for The Lewinskies. The Lewinskies meanwhile have added their magic to my recordings and will be adding more during this year’s mini-tour. I have recorded for my son Duncan Reed, and he has added vocals to my latest album. Kieran Heaney adds original and innovative guitar sounds to my recordings and has also recently recorded an instrumental piece. Who knows what can happen from here!
This year we introduce Sam Jefferson to our collaboration. Sam is a super talented folk-blues guitarist who helped us out last October when Duncan had to step out of a series of gigs. He has already recorded on Matt’s Echoes of Albion album, and will no doubt contribute to other recording projects within the group. The collaboration needs new blood if it is going to continue to grow, and we are delighted to have him on board.
That was last year. This is this! This year we introduce Sam Jefferson to our collaboration. Sam is a super talented folk-blues guitarist who helped us out last October when Duncan had to step out of a series of gigs. He has already recorded on Matt’s Echoes of Albion album, and will no doubt contribute to other recording projects within the group. The collaboration needs new blood if it is going to continue to grow, and we are really pleased to have him on board.
Where to find us:
The ticket links for the Viva Musica! evening gigs on workshop days are as follows:
Levenshulme Old Library, Sunday 13th May 7-10pm: http://fatso.ma/rY7A
Todmorden Unitairan Church, Sunday 20th May 7-10pm: http://bit.ly/2HI1pp8
Otherwise, please keep looking in at the Waldeaux ‘Gigs’ page and you will find a list of where to find me, some of us, all of us, or some of them playing live. Please go along and give them your support. “Come along & join us…”