Wirral Earth Fest….worth going over the water for!


Wirral Earth Fest Announces Musical Line Up for Festival in West Kirby 12 & 13 September

The second Wirral Earth Fest returns for some good green fun on September 12th for an evening time launch and continues on September 13th with a day of music, food & drink, workshops, children’s activities and more besides. With two weeks to go until the festival takes place it’s time to announce the music based content of the festival, following a very successful first year in 2013.
The festival will launch on the evening of September 12th with the premiere performance of a specially commissioned multi-media musical performance for the festival from Operation Lightfoot. The composition, entitled Midgard, will feature special guest vocalist Kaya Herstad-Carney and noted Liverpool based experimental artist Silent Cities among others and will set the festival off in just the right spirit. Be sure not to miss it!  
Inspired by the Hogback Stone, located inside the venue for the performance, St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby, it will be a must see for those with an interest in  the local history of the Wirral and West Kirby’s natural surrounds.  Luke Moore of Operation Lightfoot said: “I am very excited to be composing a new musical work especially for the launch of Wirral Earth Fest this year.  When I initially visited St Bridget’s church, I was fascinated by the story behind the Hogback burial stone on display there and it became a jumping off point for the rest of the process.  The piece’s title is ‘Midgard’, which was one of nine worlds in Viking mythology and the only one in which humans lived.  I can’t give too much away, but the piece will use the space within the church in a particularly interesting way.”
The main festival day on the 13th September will feature two stages and showcase a selection of local and Merseyside based artists over the course of the day. Artists set to feature include award winning Liverpool based singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft (Best solo artist in the Liverpool Musicians Awards 2014), Jo Bywater (FATEA Awards winner for Best EP in 2013), experimental artist Silent Cities, the very unique one man band of Kenny & the Energy and many more artists.
Returning artists include Jim Pearson, Creaky Bones, Herringbone John and Shindig. There will also be another chance to catch Midgard inside the beautiful setting of St Bridget’s Church.
Full list of confirmed artists:
Shindig, Ellipses, Steve Khan, Vernon Fuller, Ukulele Fantastics, The Kirk Owls, Jim Pearson ,Coast, Herringbone John, Katie McLoughlin, Creaky Bones, Thom Morecroft, Jo Bywater and Kenny &The Energy with more to be announced over social media closer to the festival.
As with last year, our host for the day will be John Gorman (The Scaffold) with some surprise appearances to be revealed on the day of the festival.
Wirral Earth Fest will take place over Friday 12th evening and Saturday 13th September over St Bridget’s Church and fields from 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the festival is free. With an estimated 3000 visitors in the first year of the festival in 2013, this year’s festival looks to be an excellent chance to enjoy music and much more on a perfect family day out.

Building Bridges of Dialogue In Old Krakow.


The old saying about working hard and partying hard has never been more true this summer, as for the past few months I’ve been heavily engaged with cultural developments in Eastern Europe, teaching and lecturing.

As you know, through media coverage, Poland is on the edge of a somewhat unstable environment, an environment I have extremely close ties with, so I am particularly interested in the political developments in that area.

Last week, I was working with the Centre for Political Thought and the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre at Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and in one of the oldest university’s in Europe, founded in 1364.

Lectures were taken in the Collegium Maius, the oldest university building; renovated with the original elegant arcaded courtyard overlooked by the clock which plays Gaudeamus Igiture every other hour with little figures trooping out in Medieval attire.

The course was a superb programme of classroom and fieldtrip exploration of Polish history with the attraction of trips to Shindler’s Factory, Krakow sight-seeing, Auschwitz tour, Nowa Huta, Kazimierz Old Jewish Quarter,the medieval monasteries and churches of the area along with lunch and dinner at historic cellar eateries and moored riverside cruise launches, with late evening entertainment at your leisure. Anybody that has visited Krakow will know exactly what I mean about the late evenings!

The university work throughout the week, involved and immersed you in discussion with some aspects of media work.
This was a unique opportunity to meet the representatives of Polish science and culture and develop an understanding of the recent history of Poland and its position among other European countries with the added bonus of experiencing Krakow’s unique atmosphere and its city sights.

This course was free of charge; the cost of accommodation, meals, flights, and programme costs, all covered by the organisers.

This would be a fantastic course for teachers of history, tutors academics of social sciences and primary/secondary teachers.
If you are interested in applying, then you need to be a full-time or part-time teacher at a recognised British educational institution, with the ability to write a letter of application outlining your interests and how you would cascade the information and experience to others.

This is a chance in a lifetime course with first rate lecturers.

In a cosmopolitan society like ours with data showing Polish as the second language in our country, this is a great opportunity to add that little bit more to your II World War lesson, or Holocaust assembly PSHE work or even religious education.
Think about the experience you would gain in such a programme.
I will be posting more information on this exciting experience in the near future.

Music! Music! Music! All You Need is………….


With the International Music Festival and Beatles Week -26th August, it’s all happening in Liverpool….so, hold tight for this musical adventure over the next few weeks.

The Liverpool International Festival has grown from the Mathew Street Music Festival and developed into the city’s biggest music event showpiece, an event that is now embedded in the musical cosmos of life here at the end of summer.

Festival artists this year include Shaggy, Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds complete with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Festival can be followed at various Liverpool locations but, see http://www.limfestival.com

The Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing at Sefton Park on Friday 23rd August with chief conductor Vasily Petrenko performing, so book your tickets now for this one with some outstanding music pieces from the masters.

Not to be missed on the 24th August will be the return of “In My Life” at the Royal Court for one night only, with the talented Mark McGann reprising his portrayal of John Lennon along with the Swedish Beatles tribute band Pepperland. This is a performance not to be missed for Lennon fans especially. Mark certainly plays the maddeningly complex artist with voice spot on and he even looks like his character. All this is part of the International Beatle Week celebrations! Royal Court 08707871866

From the 20th-26th Liverpool will be a buzz of Beatle excitement as various locations celebrate the music of the most famous pop group the world has ever known. http://www.beatlesinternational.com

Don’t miss out on some of the fantastic musical experiences this summer.
Have a brilliant musical event hopping time, chasing the sound cloud and reviving special memories in and around Liverpool’s superb venues.


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