SONGS FROM THE HEART OF THE MINING INSTITUTE
As of the end of October 2014 I’m really delighted to announce the commencement of ‘The Seam’ – a song writing residency project based at The North Of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Seam will involve a songwriting expedition to ‘mine’ the Institute’s resources and search for inspiration and lyricism amongst it’s many archives and collections. Locally known as The Mining Institute and situated next to Newcastle Central Station in the heart of the city, it’s buildings are a treasure trove of historical articles, maps, pamphlets, books, reports and much more relating to the extractive industries. The aim will be for me to produce 10-12 songs for an album to be recorded in January 2015, with a 7 date concert tour in the Spring of 2015.
The building itself (as you can see above) is a beautiful example of grand Victorian architecture and the atmosphere really does lend itself to song writing. The ghosts and whispers of many famous engineers/pioneers of the Industrial Revolution walk these halls and I look forward to drawing out a body of work that represents a snapshot of all that the collections have to offer.
The Seam has been supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Mining Institute is open to the public and all visitors and enquiries are welcome.
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