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More Music

More Music in Morecambe is a community music organisation with its own building in the centre of Morecambe. It provides training, performances and opportunities for people to take part in a range of music genres, with a special emphasis on combating social exclusion and on culturally diverse music. We fund the organisation to deliver its programme of high class education and training classes, workshops and community projects that involve ethnically diverse communities, young people and people that, traditionally have not had access to music.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £105,000
  • 2013-2014: £107,415
  • 2014-2015: £110,208

Video feed

Song 24 - It's Goodbye From The Mount

A developed reprise of the opening song with reflections on the 24 hours of songmaking.

Song 23 - We’re gonna build a pier

We had visitors to help us write this song about the pier – it became an ironic beach boys style rock n roll number that wrote itself from the information they presented in photos. This song has the potential to grow!

Song 22 Lost and found

Back to colleague at Hong Kong University where I was to visit to work in October on an event that had the theme of “Lost and Found”. Their boss Chi Chung was in Honolulu so this naturally ended up on Ukelele.

Song 21 My eyes are like dried up raisins

Matt Fenton commissioned the first residency and when approached to give a theme for a song for himself this time it was to be around the exhaustion and overkill of being in Edinburgh for the Fringe. We asked him and other people what shows he had been to (might have been to) and a tired blues appeared!

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Song 20

“After some deliberation, Adam has come up with the theme 'A day in the life of a boot'. He said if you can get Henry VIII somewhere in there, that would be cool, and he imagines it to be fast and a mixture of silly and serious! Hannah asked if you could get a crazy key change in.” This was the request and it makes it an easy job when such a specific set of ideas are there. This was for Jenny Henley and kids in south London (the final ISME contact) and included a sad moment (requested) for composer friend Hugh in Torquay.

Song 19 - Our Brand New Tune

Alicia (another ISME contact) lives in Munich and her kids wanted the song to include "Der Mond its aufgegangen" and to feature a frog and a tiger and to be lovelorn and heartbroken in feeling! It became a great dawn breaking Cheer Up song – you can here the wind outside in the recording and the slight hysteria that was obviously beginning to kick in!

Song 18

A random impro reading the days paper over sound ideas made from the sampled sounds of the clock in the tower developed by the Field Sound Collective and sent back to us for a middle of the night moment.

Song 16 - A Song Calling for Respect

To my friends in Vancouver who requested a song calling for respect for the First Nation people whose land is being threatened. We continually asked questions of them over the hour until finally the song emerged as an angry reggae groove.

Song 15 oh nimida

An international collaboration created this song for Naomi in Sydney working with Andrew in HK and Makoto in Kyoto – each contributing either words or chords. An amazing sense of working together over an hour. Naomi was another of my ISME friends and this rather sad love song started with a picture she sent us on FB of a signboard saying STOP on a boulder by the sea. I asked Makoto what he thought and he said – “lot’s of tears, saying stop tears become the sea but I don’t know why she is cryng, I don't know why she says stop” I asked for her name and he said Namida. When he came back from work he said this to us “I listened to Namida! It is also wonderful and touching. I am so moved by your music. Thank you very much! lots of love from Kyoto xxx”

Song 14 - From the Seas of Fleetwood

“Could you make a song for my new project music by 1010 people” said composer Makoto Nomura in Kyoto. A musician who inspires me with his originality and play with music. As we made the song we talked on FB with questions like “please name 2 Japanese fish” and we used his score for the piece as a starting point. Inspired also by the sound of guzheng (chinese harp) and lovely flute playing by Matt.

Song 10 - 'Three sisters'

One of the regulars to Matt’s residency over 4 weeks was Joan, a singer and uke player who runs FUN (Fylde Ukelele Network). This was one of her daughters birthdays so we scheduled her song for a time when they all 3 be able to connect and listen – Bermuda Fleetwood Ocean Shore (Aus). FUN came along too so while I wrote words with Joan, Matt put a sequence together with the players and then we fitted it all together. A great moment and her singing was tops. Apparently ALL the daughters cried!

Song 9 small leaving, distand, Time, Returning

This was another ISME connection to a teacher in a school in Harlem who runs what sounds like an awesome samba programmes that connects with the whole school. Over 2 nights out in Salvador and an afternoon at a workshop we became good friends and he sent 4 words to inspire a song. “Leaving, Distant, Time, Returning” One of the potential groups to collaborate locally was the Blackpool Samba band called, Poco Loco – set up originally by More Music many years ago and now run by Stan. When they confirmed for the 9pm slot I told Dana that was his moment! We improvised a 4 part piece based on those words and wrote a short ‘verse’. He said this after the song on FB “Loved it!!! Time!!!! Thanks to everyone. I have been watching all day. Really cool event. Congratulations and can't for the next hour.”

song 8 'for my wife'

Each time I have done this event I have written a song for my wife, Kathryn, and this was her slot. However, this time it became for my 3 (4) daughters as well. Manuela’s boyfriend in Belfast said make a song about baking bread (he was in the kitchen at the time), we had just been to see Rosie in Edinburgh and she had made us scones, Eve was just heading back to uni in Canterbury and our extra daughter, Jules, was just settling into a new job in northern Ghana. The lyric flowed and became a little sexy for kathryn’s bit as a great little reggae tune developed. ‘There are women in my life, who make it all worthwhile Yes the women in my life, daughters, friends and especially my wife’

Song 6 left coast

Very early on I became fascinated by thinking about all the left coasts around the world – a great mind boggling concept. We talked about it with people like local musician, Ruth, and started to make a list in advance of the event. She came in for this hour and we had a great time developing the list and looking for things we might have in common. ‘We’ve all got beaches, wet sand, rock pools, sea shells, fish and beach huts We all like to walk and take in the view, dream about lovers, families and friends We worry about money, pets, employment, the world, deadlines and food We hope for health, well being and friendship for everyone living on the Left Coast Shore’

Song 5 - Before the summer

I met Lee in Brazil, a professor at a university near Toronto and promised him a song. He sent an email with some information which made the making much easier. He listened in with his students on the day !

Song 3 - The View of the Summertime Sky

The live stream went into a spin so we set Adele to write some words inspired by what she could see while we sorted it out. We then made a simple improvised song in 5 minutes!

Song 2 - Jamming on the Mount

With Fylde poet-in-residence Adele, this shares our experience of being artists working in communities and having to work to demand! ‘When you’re juggling time, your life doesn’t rhyme And the poems they want are simply a crime’

Song 1 - Shout out

An opening shout out lists places, people we will work with and opens the event

Song 4 : 2 becomes 3

For Louiza and Joe and Mimi Houria Rabouhi Moulton Born 10.04 on January 5th 2015 I wrote this in August "My son and his partner are having a baby soon and I wanted to write something that celebrated that but wasn’t too soppy. He is a swimmer, she is a singer and the details of the lyric grew from this. The tune came from using the Appalachian dulcimer as a starting point and the song became a simple wish for the future “2 becomes 3”

Song 9 - Leaving, Distant, Time, Returning

This was another ISME connection to a teacher in a school in Harlem who runs what sounds like an awesome samba programmes that connects with the whole school. Over 2 nights out in Salvador and an afternoon at a workshop we became good friends and he sent 4 words to inspire a song. “Leaving, Distant, Time, Returning” One of the potential groups to collaborate locally was the Blackpool Samba band called, Poco Loco – set up originally by More Music many years ago and now run by Stan. When they confirmed for the 9pm slot I told Dana that was his moment! We improvised a 4 part piece based on those words and wrote a short ‘verse’. He said this after the song on FB “Loved it!!! Time!!!! Thanks to everyone. I have been watching all day. Really cool event. Congratulations and can't for the next hour.”

Song 13

A song made in August for Mok Chiuyu of CCCD using at the end a lyric by poet Adrian Mitchell from START AGAIN. Music by Pete Moser and Mathew Robinson

More Music - Who We Are And What We Do

This is a promotional video about More Music, marking 20 years of the community music organisation. This film gives an overview of what More Music does and features interviews with founder Pete Moser, Development Director Kathryn MacDonald and our music leaders, plus people who have participated in our sessions. Find out more about More Music at our website www.moremusic.org.uk Film produced and directed by Rachel Meyrick www.rachelmeyrick.com.

Stages Live & Unplugged 25 October 2013

Young people from More Music's Stages and Friday Night Project performing at the Hothouse for a special unplugged gig. Performers included FNP Voices, Beth Jones, Jack Williams & Sam Clifford, To The Point, Charlie Galloway, Keely Baughan and Brendan Cleary. Find out more about More Music at www.moremusic.org.uk

Alasdair Roberts Trio with Folk to Folk - Riddle Me This (Live at the Hothouse, Morecambe 16/3/13)

Alasdair Roberts Trio performing Riddle Me This with the Folk to Folk community group, live at More Music's Hothouse on 16 March 2013. This gig was part of the More Music Presents strand of events, which has also include gigs by Moulettes, Ian Shaw and Roddy Woomble. is a music and education charity based at the Hothouse in Morecambe, with 20 years' experience of delivering workshops, training, performances and festivals across the district, region and beyond. More Music seeks to build confidence and spirit in individuals and communities through the arts, especially music. www.moremusic.org.uk

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13-17
Devonshire Road

Morecambe
LA3 1QT

54.064411, -2.87943

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