We are delighted to launch our new musical project Fleet Reflections which will run for the next nine months until the end of March 2018. The project is supported by the Regional Arts Fund and is run in partnership and with support from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.
At its heart is the Fleet Valley. The Fleet Valley is a designated National Scenic Area - one of three in southwest Scotland. Together with the Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve at the top of the valley, this area in all its guises defines the subject of the project - its natural beauty - from the high moorlands to the shore, from its wooded valley and farms, to the historic town of Gatehouse of Fleet. And also its history, the people who live there, both now and in the past, but with their connections to the landscape or its stories to the fore.
The project will provide aspiring songwriters with the opportunity to attend workshops, song surgeries and ad hoc gatherings; to access a closed online community to support work in progress; and to hopefully produce works that can be performed and recorded in due course.
We welcome both novice songwriters and experienced writers or performers. Participants are welcome to submit work entirely independently if they wish, or to take advantage of the events we will organise. We also welcome poets and writers who prefer working with words. Although we say ‘songwriting’, and the workshops will focus on this, we would love to have poems or written material.
We would also like to see the project develop collaborations, perhaps between poet and musician. We would welcome submissions of for example a lyric which can be picked up by a musician for development into a song, or soundscapes to back a piece of writing, or even a short film … options are endless. The emphasis is on the creativity - having fun, trying something different, and being challenged by the focus of the project - the Fleet Valley.
If you would like to take part, register online so that we can sign you up and keep in touch. Alternatively pop into the Mill or give us a call. The emphasis for us is on providing a friendly and supportive community for creating musical works - if you have ever fancied having a go, here’s your opportunity. We would love to hear from you.