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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 senior clinical psychologist in NHS Children’s services (CAMHS), and in 2018 was appointed to manage the new and innovative Arts and Mental Health Innovation programme, part of the wider transformation of children's services, the national THRIVE Programme. This blog began to support my 2017 Churchill Travelling Fellowship, following a research role at Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University. I have worked in several university psychology research departments including the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University, notable for its service user involvement, and on the Dementia & Imagination research programme. My research has explored links between arts, health and well-being and I have shared this work in a variety of forums and to diverse audiences.

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