A Summary of 2017-2018

Another fantastic year for us, new memebers to teach us, new events to learn from, and tons of new songs to play with. Welcoming Tigga Goode on vocals, and Katie Harris in percussion, also Amanda’s beautiful baby boy Eden. Barry introduced his handmade Giant Gong, and Girish met the Queen at a Buckingham Palace tea party for his contributions towards the sommunity, we expect to see her playing Tabla any time soon.

Starting with The Night of the Thin Veil, an interfaith festive event at St Laurence Church in Stroud, we celebrated the Celtic new year, Diwali, All Souls, Samhain, & full moon, with food, music, and a mesmerising light installation.

Our next big event was in celebration of St Patrick at our usual Trinity Rooms Venue, giving us an excuse to try out some new progressive celtic material, and wear green.

During spring we played at a series of mini events; Hawkwood Open Day, Gloucester Cathedral FestivAll, and Solidarity with Samos at Star Anise Cafe.  Each event enique in its significance took us to new exciting venues, and out of our comfort zones.  Teaching us more about ourselves as a band, and how our music reaches out in connotation with matters importnt to us, and the wider communities.

In the build up to the Sacred Music Fesitval we began work with musician, and composer Matthew Heyse-Moore to create two new pieces of specially composed unifying chants expressing the message of Peace and Unity.  Matthew’s creation weaved phrases from varoius religions and traditions with our backing music, joined by singers from Stroud’s varoius choirs, and other musicians perfroming at the festival.  Together we opened the festival with intent, and bought the evening to a close with the audiance joining in, fading to medative silence.  Matthew will hopefully be working with us in the coming year to develop our music and bring some exciting new ideas into the fold.

We’ll be taking a break for summer but will be back in the Autumn ready for another year of fun, music and some really exciting projects.

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Hawkwood Open Day, May 2018

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Stroud Sacred Music Festival 2017

Many thanks to all those who came and supported and enjoyed the Stroud Sacred Music Festival 2017.  We had a fantastic time playing on Friday night, attending many of the exciting workshops on the Saturday and dancing through the night or sitting in awe of the many wonderful musicians.  Here are some of the highlights…

Stroud Sacred Music Festival 2017

 

Open Heart

Thank you all those who came along to support the food bank fundraiser event Open Heart: A creative community celebration of three great festivals. It was a fantastic, diverse, warm and welcoming space to behold, and we raised over £700.00! Here are some of the lovely pictures & SNJ article.

https://www.facebook.com/events/488227404899410/permalink/497184440670373/

http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/communitynews/15189816.St_Laurence_Church_Opens_It___s_Heart_/

For more information on the future of St Lawrence Church click here https://www.facebook.com/stlaurencefuture/?fref=ts

 

Sacred Music Festival

Wow, what a wonderful event it was! Looking forward to next year already with some wonderful acts and events already booked, including the usual song and dance with us! Here are some highlights!

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Bhakti, Faith and Sacred Music

We’ve had a busy few months so far in 2016 playing at several really exciting and varied festivals and venues.

Firstly our regular night at the Trinity Rooms, Stroud in February was fantastic fun and a great way to dance off the dreary feeling of winter brining in the light for the year ahead.  Thanks to all the stall holders and food makers for coming along and making the evening so special.

In March we had the squeezed into the Passage to India, Nailsworth to support the Nailsworth Refugee Action fundraising event with some live music in return for some popadoms, sabzi, samosas and interesting talks by well known speakers.

Following on we had a great time playing a the Christian Arts Festival, Cheltenham in a spacious lecture theatre with Paul and Fiona, giving our new sound guru Steve a chance to try out his rig of speakers, desks and lights.

Also in May, we put in an appearance at the UK Bhakti Gathering at Osho leela in Dorset.  Some of us stayed for the weekend, camping out through the frosty night and enjoying some incredibly talented Bhakti musicians and singers over the immersive 3 day festival.  Such an inspirational and enjoyable weekend with new bhajans by Tim Chalice, the serenely beautiful vocals of Sivani Mata, fire and energy from the Babaji Temple singers and much much more….

Most recently though the fundraiser last night for the Sacred Music Festival in July was an absolute blast.  A fantastic warm up of Taize chanting and animated beatboxing and gospel singing from the wonderful Jean Paul Wabotai really got us all going in the sublime ambiance for St Laurence church, Stroud.

Join us again on Friday 1st July for the opening of the Sacred Music Festival where we’ll be supporting the Ganda Boys back from their recent trip to LA to spread the word of the Forgotten People!

 

UK Bhakti Gathering

Martin, Jo & Katie providing music for Dances of Universal Peace at the UK Bhakti Gathering 2016

 

Raga Babas in Concert

Performing at the Christian Arts Festival, Cheltenham

 

Jean Paul Wabotai

Jean Paul Wabotai in St Laurance Church, Stroud

 

Sacred Music Festival

A big thank you to all those who came along to the Sacred Music Festival, it was an absolute success. In particular extra special thanks goes to Ragged Moon recording studios, Satori Creative, Girish Patel, Rev. Simon Howell and all the wonderful musicians and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it such a fantastic day.

Raga Babas - Sacred Music Festival

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