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Songwriting Workshop (+ Winter Hearth Acoustic Concert)

Songwriting Workshop (+ Winter Hearth Acoustic Concert)

With Emil Thompson

Sunday 16th December 2018

10am – 4pm*
Centre for Stewardship, Stables Workshop.

*with Concert 4-6pm

Songwriting Workshop: ‘Song-in-a-Day’ (and Winter Hearth Acoustic Concert)
with Emil Thompson
please contact Emil Max Thompson to book – via Facebook messenger or email: or phone/text 07583 452 717.
Bring an instrument if you have one.
No previous writing or musical experience necessary. During this one-day workshop Emil will take you through the process of writing a song – looking at every part of the process from finding initial inspiration to choosing the right musical voicings and building an effective structure.
Other areas to explore will include:
simple but effective recording techniques,
solo and collaborative approaches,
words of wisdom from well-known songwriters,
publishing platforms and songbooks.
The real aim of this workshop is to demystify the process of songwriting whilst offering you the tools to improve your musical confidence and create new works which you can then hopefully share with the world!
You will explore individual songwriting approaches, but uniquely we will work together to complete a new song – a ‘Song-in-a-Day’! This will culminate in an informal sharing event – The Winter Hearth Acoustic Concert: 4-6pm, at the Centre for Stewardship (Stables Workshop space). Participants will be encouraged to perform, sharing with friends our work of the day – as well as any other songs you would like to share. There will be other invited musical guests performing, so you will also have a chance to sit back and relax!
Emil Thompson is an artist and musician now based in Fife, one half of musical duo The Yonderlees –
He is currently working on a PhD looking at rural Scottish grassroots music collectives, with Newcastle University.
Emil explains how his work in songwriting came about:
“My great-grandfather Patrick (P.P.) Bell was a well-known entertainer in Dundee between 1895 and 1943. The recent discovery of a songbook compiled by his son Hugh Wilson Bell sparked a trail of research and discovery into the life and times of my musical ancestor, which in turn resulted in an extensive archive project which contributed to my Masters degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.”
You can read more about the P.P. Bell songbook project here:
Another of Emil’s projects is Back Stories. He wrote songs and created a songbook based on headlines in the Dundee Courier, which he took specifically on the 19th day of every month for a year:

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