Great Music Festivals 2016

Hi all, thanks for coming along to read al about great music festivals in 2016 , I’ll also mention if my band Skyeladder are playing :0)


North East Wales Diversity Festival – UK

Another great festival that we’ve recently heard about is the NE Wales Diversity Festival. On Saturday 30th April 2016 Connahs Quay, Deeside, Flintshire .


Carfest North & South – UK
Delighted to say that this great festival is on again for 2016, hosted by Chris Evans from Radio 2 with all proceeds to BBCs Children in Need. North will be the 29 – 31st July  Bolesworth Castle Cheshire and the South is 26 – 28th August Laverstoke Park Farm  Hampshire .  Skyeladder where lucky enough to play the Wigwam stage in 2015 so heres to hoping we get selected again for 2016 :0)





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Pauline Black – the art of the songwriter

Copyright – Jane Britton FThe Secret Art of Songwritingebruary 2012

I’ve always been intrigued with the art of song writing, its like any talent really, you can either do it or you cant?

Some people can write melodies but struggle with lyrics, like myself. Personally, I can do the melody no problem, can I write lyrics? – nope they turn into cheese. Very similar to the rather famous and fabulous Elton John:0), don’t you think! . To others, or as one of my piano pupils eloquently said recently “its just too F-ing hard”

Then you get the super talented, were the art of song writing is like breathing, the whole process comes so easily , its effortless, these people have to write, otherwise they’ll implode.

We mere mortals, meanwhile, stand in absolute awe (whilst quietly cursing them ).
“Well, I mean, how the hell can they create something with such amazing beauty out of the horrors that we see in our day to day society”.

Everybody’s ultimate dream is to come up with a catchy tune that you have in your head at night, wake up with it in the morning and hum subconsciously throughout the day until somebody tells you to SHUT UP. That’s when you know that you have a hit.

As part of my research I interviewed four different songwriters, all unique in their own way, yet there were commonalities in the way they wrote. Thing’s that inspired them, and their urgent and, absolute need to push the song out of their system, like a new born baby.

Pauline Black from “The Selector”
Paul Britton from “Skye Ladder”
Emma Gillespie from “Emmas Imagination”
Laura Vall from “The Controversy”

See more of the interview here –

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