Friday 20th September saw the launch of an exhibition which is the culmination of weeks of hard work by HARNESSING CREATIVITY project participants… Wendy Jack was delighted to be chosen from a diverse range of high calibre ‘Creatives’ to participate in a flagship Arts Project for the Northwest of Ireland. Over these past few months she has been working within two separate creative teams to produce two very different proposals aimed at bringing economic benefits to Tyrone through artistic endeavours:
The Caledonian Range = Proposal for an Artist Residence and Film Centre in The Sperrins Mountains. As part of this exhibit Wendy Jack wrote and produced an original soundtrack for a film about the Sperrins and how this proposal could best fit within that inspiring landscape.
Go Gallivant = Proposal for an Interactive Book aimed at Children and Families. The team initially carried out some local research on potential characters, story-lines and locations leading to some sample animations. Wendy Jack then created a theme tune to fit the style and ethos of the proposed ‘book’. Wendy also took this opportunity to dabble in a little bit of ‘voice acting’ to bring one of the characters to life for the exhibition.
Both proposals are currently on display in The Dock (theatre & exhibition space) Carrick-On-Shannon. The plan is for the exhibition to tour the Island of Ireland in due course… with the next stop being in The Dublin Civic Offices from 6th December 2013.
The original music created by Wendy for this project will be released in due course… WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
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Wendy Jack has been invited as Ben’s Special Guest for his Dungannon concert… It promises to be a lovely evening of story and song.
A Bit about Ben:
Ben Sands lives in Newry, County Down, close to the mountains and the sea and not far from the small farm where he and his six siblings grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.
He sings songs – mostly his own. He writes songs – about life and love and the ways of the world. Some are whimsical, some are sad and some are very humorous indeed. In between he tells stories, some of which are true!
He plays quite a few instruments as well – guitar, banjo, mandolin, whistles, keyboards, and fiddle – he has even been known to wrestle a tune from the uilleann pipes.
Ben has been touring and recording with his sister Anne and brothers Tommy and Colum since the late 1960s.
“The Sands Family” (www.sandsfamilyfolk.com) have recently released their 16th album – “Keep on Singing” ; made countless television appearances; performed extensively in Ireland, UK, Europe, Canada and USA (including Carnegie Hall); shared microphones with such “folk luminaries” as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Harry Belafonte and Arlo Guthrie ……..
These days the members of the “Family” still greatly enjoy getting together for special tours and festival appearances but are more likely to be found scattered far and wide, pursuing very successful solo careers. Like brothers Tommy and Colum, Ben has taken to the song writing with a natural ease and his songs are finding their way into many repertoires and recording studios.
To date, Ben has released four solo albums, most recently the highly acclaimed “Take My Love WIth You”, (Spring Records, 2010). The title track was written for and sung to Ben’s daughter Kellie on her wedding day.
‘Fairies’ is my musical adaptation of a well known poem (‘The Fairies’) by Ulster poet William Allingham. Generations of Irish & British children first learned at least the first few lines during their early school years… Please help me to spread the word of my song and together we can breathe new life into Allingham’s work which is now over 150 years old. For example, it would be great if you could give a thumbs up, leave a comment and then share the youtube video with your friends). You can download the track using the button below. Thank-you for your support.