My Words Our Songs is the first Hull Women’s Music Network project – and it’s brilliant. Led by Ysabelle Wombwell and Warren Records, it started with two creative writing workshops which Christina Lewis and I led together for a fabulous group of young women – who astounded us with their superb writing. Here are some of them at the launch tonight…
Next up, the pieces were transformed into songs by established musicians – women from various parts of the UK, including a house band from Hull. The songs have all been recorded and are ready to be released on a Warren Records CD. It was great to work with Ysabelle, Emma Fee and Emily Moulton, I love the lyrics and songs. Tonight’s launch at Furley & Co. was testament to the fabulous talent of so many creative women in Hull. The CD will be available soon from Warren Records, I’m excited about it!
Rich took this gallery of photographs, click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…
Press Feature: Women’s Music in the Spotlight
My Words Our Songs is the first project to be unveiled by Warren Records as part of the city’s new Hull Women’s Music Network, offering creative writing workshops for young women which will culminate in the release of an album of new songs and a performance by women musicians.
The Hull Women’s Music Network aims to put the spotlight on women in music in the city, bringing together women who work in music – musicians, events managers, producers, tour managers, designers, promoters, and stage managers to support, celebrate, and inspire.
The project will see two creative writing workshops for young women who will work with experienced tutors and writers to create pieces of creative writing. These may be stories, poems and lyrics written with the aim that they will be created into songs. The young women’s words will then be passed to experienced musicians and artists, to take away and write into a song.
Women’s Network Coordinator Ysabelle Wombwell explained, “The workshops are for any young women who would like to write a song but don’t know where to start, can’t play an instrument, or only sing in the shower.”
A purpose built band of women made up of local established musicians who will record three songs from these writings. A further seven pieces of writing will be chosen by a selection of professional songwriters and musicians who will develop seven more songs creating a CD which will be launched at a live event at the end of July.
“This is a great opportunity for young women to have some fun with creative writing and to explore the link between creative writing and music. If you would like to hear your words transformed into song, this is for you.”
The creative writing workshops are free of charge and are for young women aged 14 – 25. They will take place on Thursday and Friday June 2nd and 3rd 1 pm – 5pm at The Warren, Queens Dock Chambers, Hull.
Warren Records Organiser Stewart Baxter said, “We are delighted that PRS is supporting our Women’s Music Project, and are excited to get it going. Some fabulous young musicians use our studio at The Warren and we want to help bridge the gender gap in music especially when it comes to our city’s local festivals.”
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