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2015 onwards……

Well – it has been too long since I updated this page!!!! ……… So – what have I been up to?

There has been much time dedicated to the ongoing development of the Music in Healthcare work alongside Nick Cutts, Richard Kensington, Oli Matthews and four Apprentices – exciting blogs about our musical activities and latest information about our current work can be found at: www.opusmusic.org

So, in March 2014, I joined a new trio line-up – Moirai (www.moiraitrio.co.uk) enjoying making music with Jo Freya and Melanie Biggs.  Since then we have had many lovely gigs together and have recorded our first album with WildGoose Records : www.wildgoose.co.ukMOIRAI.

Cupola had a fabulous year last year working as the trio, in collaboration with Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham in the project “Tale of Ale”, with Lucy Ward in Cupola:Ward and DanceCupola were very busy on the dance circuit at festivals and clubs across the country.

And 2015 seems set to be just as wonderful.  We are looking forward to releasing our new Cupola album – title still to be confirmed….. but we have a great run of gigs to launch the album from end of April onwards……

Doug and I are very busy planning our next recording also and getting ready for gigging in the Summer and touring later in the year in Canada – exciting!!

For my solo work, I have continued writing new material with my latest song “Gathering Round” featuring on Cupola’s new album, and three new jigs being performed for Stone Monkey Sword dancers at DERT in April 2015.

Lots to look forward to…… see you somewhere along the way……

Summer 2012 onwards:

Well it certainly has been a fabulous Summer – and a brilliantly busy one!

Cupola have been over to Ontario, Canada twice in August: the first time to play at the Millrace and Goderich festivals, then again towards the end of the month to perform in Toronto and play and dance with Pecsaetan Morris at the Toronto Morris Ale – a fabulous weekend!

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In between times, we were home in UK visiting White Horse and Towersey Festivals to perfrom, and I popped up to Whitby Folk Week to sing “Oh How that Valley did Change” in the final of the John Birmingham Cup …… didn’t win, but that’s not the point!!

….then Bromyard…….and on to Derby Folk Festival with Cupola…….

FOLK3D have just had a splendid weekend at the Derby Folk Festival and I managed lots of new compositions in dance tunes and a brand new song about Rolls Royce – possibly the first folk song about the company to date??!!  A sneak preview of the lyrics:

High Flyers

By Sarah Matthews

I can fly high

I’ll take you up and soar to the edge of the sky

I can find sunshine on a dark cloudy day

Up through the turmoil

I’ll take you far far away

I’ll take you far far away

In the heart of the Midlands, a meeting of minds

A meld of creative and financial kinds

From the land to the sky machines they took flight

The pride of Derby so bright

Spools within spools around bearings turn

With temperatures higher than each part will burn

The whole being greater than the sum of its parts

The fire, the power, the heart

There came a dark time with our land under threat

We rallied our troops, the navy was set

The guttural growl of the Merlin up high

Brought victory up in the sky

So the world has moved on, it’s a much smaller place

And life seems to fly past at such a fast pace

What once was a dream is reality sent

The Conway, Olympus, the Trent

Anyway – on to more Autumnal things – lots to go at locally with DanceCupola playing for DEDA’s public ceilidh this Sat 20th Oct and many more to take us through the winter to the New Year……..including my album launch bash on Sun 11th Nov…..see new post flyer……chow!

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