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Sea Folk Sing Workshops 2019 @ Sheerness East Working Mens Club

6th August 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Aged 55 and over?

Come to the Sea Folk Sing workshops to co-write new folk songs about North Kent. These will be performed in public spaces later in the year by a community choir, which you can also join.


What is it?

The Sea Folk Sing workshops run for 9-weeks and are part of a wider project that aims to improve the wellbeing of older people through singing, storytelling and song.

In these fascinating workshops, participants will get the chance to explore local history, diverse heritage and folklore, drawing on stories related to the North Kent coast. They will develop creative skills in songwriting, poetry, lyrics, singing and storytelling, working with professional musicians.

The sessions will be informal with the emphasis on having fun. There is no need to have any previous experience of music or history. We will provide all equipment and materials.


Suitable for:

The workshop is tailored for people aged 55+ but are open to anyone aged 16 and over.



Accessible toilet: Yes

Autism-friendly dedicated session: No

Car parking onsite: Yes, free.

Disabled parking: No

Guide dogs welcomed: Yes

Hearing loop: No

Level access: Yes

Wheelchair access: Yes

Wifi available: Yes, The Cloud (free sign up required)



The workshop is free.


How to book:

You can send an email to seafolksing@ideastest.co.uk or call Ideas Test on 07713 865955.


Who will be leading the workshops?

Debbie Sowter, Choral Director is an experienced choral animateur from Rochester, and the founder of Together Talking Music specialising in voice therapy and inclusive arts projects, including work with Chickenshed Inclusive Theatre Company.

Bob Carling, Music Leader is a folk musician and songwriter from Gillingham, who plays guitar in the Acoustic Architects and is Co-Director of the Hopping Down folk group and Oast House Community Choir.

Anil Sebastian, Songwriter is an established singer, producer and composer based in Folkestone, who founded the London Contemporary Voices Choir and has collaborated with Imogen Heap, Sam Smith and Alt-J.

Lucky Moyo, Songwriter is an experienced community musician, dancer and songwriter in Sittingbourne, a founding member of Zimbabwean group Black Umfolosi and has performed with Peter Gabriel and Jimmy Cliff.

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds, Songwriters are a critically-acclaimed folk duo from Sussex, whose collaborations include working with Shirley Collins, Orbital and Justin Currie. Paul is the principle songwriter of cult folk band The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Mona Whitton, Event Artist is an artist, author and illustrator from Medway, who is behind the published children’s book series Twit and Twoo, and delivers Art and Design Technology courses at Rivermead Inclusive Trust.


Who is Sea Folk Sing managed by?

Ideas Test have commissioned  SparkedEcho CIC to produce the Sea Folk Sing project.

It is funded by Arts Council England, The Baring Foundation, Optivio, Kent County Council and Involving Medway.


Illustration: Greg Stobbs www.squirlart.org



Sheerness East Working Mens Club
Halfway, Isle of Sheppey
Kent., ME12 3BZ
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