As part of the Give Voice Retreat week, we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown will be giving a leaders concert alongside and their fabulous all-singing team that includes Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell and Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer.
Tom and Barbara Brown: Hosts for the weekend. Grounded in the living tradition of the West Country, these two have a long history of encouraging and enthusing amateur and new performers to share songs and singing, and creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to do it.
Bonny Sartin: Bonny, the voice of The Yetties, has years of experience in singing and entertaining an audience. There is little he cannot impart about confidence, presentation, and approaches to songs and singing – but his knowledge extends way beyond that – to song collectors, square riggers and Halsway ghosts!
Janet Russell: As well as being a member of the renowned Sisters Unlimited and JigJawand, of course, her solo career, Janet also runs not one, but three community choirs, so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to the voice!
Jim Mageean: Widely known and respected internationally as ‘Shanty Jim’, his knowledge and skill goes far beyond shanties and maritime songs – into songs of the North East and singing with other performers. Jim has also been a tutor on the Folk Music degree course at Newcastle University.
Marianne McAleer: A delightful London-Irish singer and interpreter of traditional Irish song, Marianne’s enthusiasm in infectious. She is a multi-award winner at the All-Britain and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil and is now a judge for singing and traditional style.
Jeff Wesley: Jeff is what has become known as a ‘source singer’. A retired Northamptonshire farmer, Jeff’s repertoire runs from the sublime to the ridiculous – from old ballads to modern ditties. He gleans any song that appeals to him, irrespective of origin, and makes the song his own with a laid-back and captivating style!