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The Big Busk, Lancaster

Big Busk

Just a quick Post about this upcoming event!

Lancaster is a city of quite astonishing musicality! The city enjoys Lancaster Music Festival every October, now in it’s 9th year with over 200 acts across 40+ venues.

On Easter Saturday, a group of local musicians will gather in Market Square at 1.00pm to participate in an inclusive community arts event, The Big Busk.

For the last few weeks a group have met in Lancaster Library for preparatory sessions. The Big Busk Team are calling musicians and singers of all abilities to get involved and provide a musical interlude to Lancaster’s town centre, “for the craic.” All are welcome to come along to last preparatory session next Tuesday 11th April.

The songs we will be performing are:

  1. Bob Marley: Three Little Birds
  2. The Beatles: Little Help From My Friends
  3. Jimmie Davies: You Are My Sunshine

Lyrics and chords will be provided on flipcharts on the day!

Big Busk Practice.jpg

I'm a British clinical psychologist with a research background. I manage the Greater Manchester i-THRIVE Arts, Culture and Mental Health Programme, part of the national transformation of children's services. I also have an NHS clinical role in Lancaster and Morecambe working with children, young people and families (CAMHS). I began this blog in 2017 to record a WCMT Travelling Fellowship, from a research role at Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University. I began clinical psychology training (DCLinPsy, Lancaster) in 2010, and studied the role of creativity in bipolar disorder, because of the known links, and partly due to my own experiences of creatively managing extremes of mood in adolescence and throughout my 20s. I have worked in several university psychology research departments including Manchester University in suicide prevention, the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University (notable for service user expertise), and on the Dementia & Imagination research programme.

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