Poppyland Songs;Life On A Cliff Edge
I was inspired by a collection of journals written by my great great Aunt Kit (Christobel Hood) who lived in the house I grew up in in Sidestrand, North Norfolk. She had interviewed her neighbours and gathered lyrics, poems, stories and local lore from pre WW1 North Norfolk. These journals inspired me to compose music using words from her journals as well as other stories that I grew up with like Black Shuck and tales of smugglers.
In 2021 I was extremely grateful to receive a grant from Arts Council England in order to continue this project. Picking up where Kit left off and speaking to the current residents of North Norfolk about their lives here over 100 years later. l gathered testimony with which I composed more songs and music. Poppyland songs has become a celebration of Life On A Cliff Edge in North Norfolk.
The gentleman Kit interviewed the most was an elderly labourer, at least 80 in 1912. He passed on many stories and songs that without Kit's journals would have been completly lost to time. This is the heart of Poppyland Songs, although in this day and age we record EVERYTHING I wanted to create something beautiful and meaningful, a musical tapestry that tells the stories of those who have lived and died in Poppyland.
I am always interest to hear more stories from North Norfolk so if you have something to share then get in touch either via my contact page or on Facebook or Instagram. If you see me in the street or busking on my violin in Cromer, then come and speak to me.
Some of the songs from Poppyland Songs are available to purchase via the shop and will soon be availble to stream on all major platforms. I also created a notebook programme which contains all the lyrics with photos and bits of history- you can purchase this from the shop. Coming soon you will be able to purchase a copy of the programme with a CD of the album.