Brenda and Geoff have just started a new piece of work, again alongside Professor Rachel Pain, now of Newcastle University.
Brenda and Rachel will be working with a group of women at My Sisters Place in Middlesbrough over a number of weeks, collecting stories and feelings about how women deal with the day to day problems of trauma.
Brenda will then be writing a new set of songs/pieces based on the results of the research and they will be recorded and arranged by Geoff for performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 16th August
The new song/film piece Giving Up the Ghosts has now been released on DVD, and the songs are available for download from this website. The 25 minute piece is the result of this years work into social haunting with Dr Geoff Bright of Manchester Metropolitan University, long with poet Andrew McMillan
The Ghostlabs were held in Horden, Seaham and Sunderland in Co Durham, and Rochdale (2) and Stoke on Trent in the North West. Brenda, Geoff and Carl met with groups of asylum-seekers and refugees, young people with mental health issues, a group of Pakistani ladies from WEA and groups from ex-mining and shipbuilding communities
Brenda has written 6 new song pieces which have been made into video ballads with films by Carl Joyce, performed by Ribbon Road
"I took the disc home and put it on the CD player and I've got to tell you something. I don't think I can remember a time when I was so completely engrossed, impressed, entranced, I do believe that this song is very special indeed - from the CD Roadside Dreams by Ribbon Road, the beautiful voice of Brenda Heslop - I just think this is simply amazing."
"Songwriter Brenda Heslop has a secret, and she will whisper it in your ear: but a shocking secret, and its effect on you is much greater than you expect from a whisper. True, Brenda's secrets are in song, but the effect of her quiet vocals and harmonies with husband Geoff whacks you in the lughole and makes you pay attention."
The Living Tradition
Join our mailing list.