We’re delighted to welcoming Boo and Darden back to Halsway following a great week last year. Participants will cover meter, melody, lyrics, chords… every aspect of a song. Let us give you the tools to allow your inspiration to be realised. But why What Next? It is important to us what you take with you from the week. In recent years attendees to Boo’s courses have gone on to wonderful things. Albums have been made, tours toured, songs covered. In one-to-ones we will help you realise any ambitions you have for your writing. Experience has shown us that giving a writer a sense of focus can be transformative.
“The master songwriter turns some of his best material on himself.” The Word (Boo Hewerdine)
Boo is the hugely talented and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose cult band The Bible still excites passion in DJs and other music lovers, despite disbanding in the early nineties. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters. He is one of the busiest gigging musicians around, playing upwards of 200 live shows every year. Sometimes referred to as ‘a musician’s musician’, his songs have been covered by over 50 other artists. These include Eddi Reader (who recorded Boo’s Ivor Novello Award nominated song Patience of Angels), kd lang, Natalie Imbruglia, Hepburn, Marti Pellow, Swan Dive and Suggs. www.boohewerdine.net
Darden Smith is an Austin-based singer-songwriter with fourteen critically acclaimed albums to his name and a touring and writing schedule that sees him across the US and Europe exploring new and innovative ways to use the craft of songwriting. Smith founded the ‘Be An Artist’ programme nearly a decade ago, and his seminars to encourage students to explore their own creativity and interests have reached more than 15k students across the USA and Western Europe. His albums weave together rock, pop, country, folk and American influences with the musical roots of his home state of Texas. http://www.dardensmith.com
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