Here's a lo-fi video we've made of my demo of a brand new Deep Cabaret song. It's called Queens Guide and it's based on an article about The Westmorland Gazette published last year about Cedric Robinson.
For those who don't know Cedric was the Queen's Guide to the Sands. He retired earlier this year after 56 years devoted to leading walks across the quicksands and hidden rivers of Morecambe Bay.
The article quotes Cedric describing his experience of the changing Bay. I went out last Friday to plan the route and test the sand.' he begins. Which sounded like the beginning of an English folk song to me. The rest just fell into place. Ariff. A chorus. Brand new traditional song of climate change emerges.
It so happens that there's a new book out celebrating Cedric's life . The author and Cedric were at Waterstones in Lancaster Thursday 20th June.
Despite Cedric's uncertainty it seems he has been able to hand his knowledge on. The Cross Bay walks continue. Indeed 3 days after the Waterstones event there was a chance to be guided across and raise money for More Music at the same time. More Music is the wonderful community music organisation that operates from the hothouse in Morecambe. Details here.