Improvise, explore your voice, and make your own digital instrument with Candy Verney, Rod Paton and Ed Devane
26th – 29th of April 2019
If you enjoy using your voice, and are up for some vocal adventures, then this weekend is for you. Sing, improvise, inspirational harmony songs. Make your own digital musical instrument. And seriously enjoy yourself!
Led by Candy Verney with guest teacher Rod Paton, and Ed Devane, unique instrument maker extraordinaire
Sing Friday evening and Saturday. We will be joined on Sunday by Ed Devane, who will guide us in making our own original musical instrument.
The weekend will culminate with a one off exploratory event in a special acoustic space nearby, using our voices as well as our instruments.
There’ll also be time to immerse yourself in the deep peace of Donegal’s stunningly beautiful landscape
Course starts: 5pm Friday 26th April, Finishes: 10am Mon 29th April
-Accommodation for three nights
-Meals – Breakfast three days, Lunch three days, Dinner 2 nights
-Harmony Singing tuition
What’s not included?
-Transport to and from the Song House. Guests will be expected to make their own way to the house. Full directions and transport options will be given.
-Any snack food outside of the three meals provided.
-One evening dinner which will be a group outing to a local restaurant.
– €10 for costs for electronic musical instrument
About Your Hosts
Rod Paton, DPhil is the founder of the Lifemusic method and training programme and author of Lifemusic – Connecting People to Time. He is an experienced and versatile workshop leader whose expertise covers many aspects of song from traditional and classical roots through to blues, jazz, Eastern European, Scandinavian and Mongolian influences. Born in Wales he has worked as a horn player, composer, writer, music therapist and academic and now lives partly in Brecon and partly in Brno, capital of Moravia.
“Attending the Lifemusic training was so enjoyable, enriching, relaxing, exciting, experiential and moving. It was what real learning is and should be. (SS, musician and teacher)
“Participants are enabled to be themselves and to experience their own depth of feeling and to express that within the music.”
Candy Verney’s passion is to inspire and create, through singing, a sense of harmony which gives an experience beyond the ordinary. She has been building singing communities in different ways all her working life. She created and developed 6 community choirs in and around Bath for 20 years. She runs Community Choir Leader Trainings, seeding singing groups throughout UK and Germany. She initiated and directed The Trowbridge Song project, celebrating diversity through sharing traditional music, in a rural town in Wiltshire. She is now director of The Song House, a retreat centre in Co. Donegal, NW Ireland, where she also runs singing holidays and trainings. Recently she has collaborated with Lindsey Williams and together they have written a series of songs for choirs that are a joy to sing, whose lyrics inspire and comment on modern life: Songs for Life
“Hugely recommend- if you love singing and cannot get enough, come Singing on the Wild Side”. PB 2018
“Candy is a superb voice coach, the atmosphere was spot-on, truly delightful” MD 2017
Ed Devane is a sound artist, instrument designer and educator based in Donegal. With a background in electronic music production and improvisation, Ed’s search for unique sounds has led him down the winding paths of digital design and fabrication. Ed works regularly as a workshop facilitator and installation artist, with the collaborative production of sound by participants and the public defining features of his output.
The Sound Walker is a new musical instrument that features a battery operated sound synthesis circuit, a speaker and an LED. There are two controls on the unit. It is operated by pulling the trigger. The instrument is designed to be used in groups, while walking through architectural space. The timbre and behaviour of the sound can be reprogrammed to suit the requirements of the workshop. Here is a video from the first public outing of the project in Derry last month.