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 year's work into social haunting with Manchester Metropolitan University
The Ghostlabs were held in Horden, Seaham, and probably Sunderland in Co Durham, and Rochdale (2) and Stoke on Trentin the North West.
Brenda has written 6 new song pieces which have been made into 'video ballads' with films by Carl Joyce, performed by Ribbon Road
The CD/DVD contains 10 songs from Brenda and (on the DVD) 10 films by young North East photographer Carl Joyce.
'Our Streets Are Numbered' is the result of Brenda, Geoff and Carl's time as Artists in Residence in Durham University Geography Dept. in 2016 researching life in ex-colliery streets in Horden, Co. Durham.
In this ex-mining area it is easy to see the results of lack of investment coupled with the government housing policies over the years. They are called The Numbered Streets because they have no names, just numbered from 1 - 13, 14th Street is the cemetery.
"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."
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