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  • Sun

    Crafting the Song For the Politics: Political Song-writing workshop

    10.30 am - 4.45 pmJohn Lewis Community Hub Level 4, Grand Central, Birmingham B2 4AU

    A full day session in the centre of Birmingham for anyone who wants to come along with the aim of trying to write songs about the times. If anything is for sure it's that there's plenty to write about! Just bring yourself and writing implements, traditional or electronic.

    Don't be put off if you've never done it before. I always find that it's like starting again every time. It's a mighty democratising process in which all of us remain equal. And once you begin, it's hard to stop.

    So let's ask a few questions and then write some songs, or at the very least let's make a good start on something that we can each work up later

    What makes a good political song?
    What are the burning issues we want to sing about?

    Participants might wish to work individually, in pairs or small groups –- the
    aim being to write as much as we can, in togetherness and solidarity, to
    produce singable pieces at the end of the day, perhaps using some good old
    tunes as templates.

    The focus of the workshop is on stimulating people's confidence in their own abilities, to see
    themselves as writers, as commentators on what's happening in the world all around, and rather than being passively overwhelmed, to begin to make active and positive responses, to raise consciousness and to re-kindle belief in the possibility of change.

    Fetch your instrument if you use one. If you don't then it doesn't matter. Some of the finest political songs have been words set to music by others.

    We'll all be knackered by the end but hopefully heartwarmed by what we've produced and heard from each other.


    Tickets £30 from wegottickets.com,
    £20 from Sing Political sessions

    Presented by the Trad Arts Team