The musical and artistic talents which abound in and around Bedford have come together to create the town’s first illustrated songbook.
The Bedford Song Book features the work of nine song-writers and nine artists and was launched with live performances of the music at the Harpur Suite.
The project is backed by Bedford Creative Arts, which, inspired by the artistic community, wanted Bedford to have a record of the skill, professionalism and talent that exists in their community.
A spokeswoman said: “The book recognises and embraces the folk values of arts and culture that are generated by and belong to us.”
The launch party saw the 30-member Bedford Arts Choir join the song-writers and musicians to perform each other’s tunes, with a special appearance by Bedford’s lone morris dancer, The Vulgar Morris.
The musicians and artists paired together are;
Rebecca de Winter and Emily Ross
Betty Frances and Kristian Purcell
Jack Sharp and Scarlett Tierney
Johnny Parry and Katie Allen
Grubby Mitts (Andy Holden)and Katie Allen
Martyn Shouler and Simon Abbott
Simon Gutteridge and Assim Heetun
Davy Willis and David Litchfield
Christian Webb and Kristina Bullen
The Cover Illustration was created by Marisa Straccia
Illustrator Kristina Bullen said: “Using music as a stimulus was a really exciting way of working and the end result is beautiful.”
Musicians Jack Sharp and Simon Gutteridge, who each wrote songs for the book, added: “The book and concert are fantastically inclusive...It’s such a great legacy”.
A limited edition of all songs and illustrations costs £30, from www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk/index.php/bedford-song-book/ or in store at The Music Centre, Rogan Books, The Higgins.
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