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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 live in Lancaster and work in Lancaster & Morecambe CAMHS as a senior clinical psychologist, and across Greater Manchester managing the new Arts, Culture and Mental Health programme with GM i-THRIVE, part of the national transformation of children's services. This blog began to help record and share my 2017 Churchill Travelling Fellowship, following a research role at Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University. My work in the field of arts and well-being came about in many converging ways. As a child I was interested in emotional well-being, and worked in mental health research as a graduate. I began clinical psychology training in 2010, and for my thesis studied the role of creativity in bipolar disorder, because of the known links, and partly due to my own experiences of engaging creatively to manage extremes of mood throughout my 20s. 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.

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