"It was always those with little else to carry who carried the songs" 
Moya Cannon, from her poem 'Carrying the Songs'

I am a freelance artist and creative practitioner using songwriting as a way to connect with and empower people. I work with people on the margins of society, whose voices are often ignored. 

I want my work to amplify working class voices. I especially love to work with those who have never written a song before. Songs are great vehicles for exploring topics like history, place and identity. I approach sessions with a sense of joy, adventure and playfulness. The songs we write are often performed, sometimes recorded or played in galleries and museums.  

"This is truly a folk musician of the 21st Century, who helps ordinary folk to sing their lives - and to be heard in all their beauty." 
Phil Davenport, Director, Zweilbelfish CIC

My work has been commissioned by prominent arts organisations, national museums and charities. Those I've worked with include  The National Justice Museum, The People's History Museum, Wordsworth Museum, Bury Art Museum, Touchstones Rochdale, Streetwise Opera, Invisible Cities, Back on Track, The Booth Centre, TIPP, Irene Taylor Trust, Carers UK, Age Exchange. 

If you would like to commission me to work on a project please contact me

Songwriting Projects

Ingenuity (2023) 
Songwriting workshops and recorded performances
Commission : The National Justice Museum

These songs form part of the 'Ingenuity' exhibition - an exploration of ingenious creativity by people living in prison. Men at HMP Buckley Hall handled and considered a selection of historic objects from the museum's collection. Songs were written from scratch and performed within a matter of a few hours, during intense creative sessions.


Refuge from the Ravens (2023) 
Songwriting workshops and recordings 
Commission : Zweilbelfish CIC working with The Wordsworth, Grasmere ; Back on Track and Invisible Cities, Manchester; Bury Art Museum 

These songs sit alongside poems and soundscapes as part of a 21st century rewrite of Lyrical Ballads (1798) by William Wordsworth. Over 100 people affected by homelessness were involved in creating the work and you can hear their voices within the recordings.

Linking Schools (2023) 
Songwriting Workshops
Commission : Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale

Songwriting workshops with 36 schools across Rochdale. Over 1000 children responded in song to artworks from the exhibition 'A Tall Order'. Part of a creative programme exploring the themes of 'identity' and 'belonging'. 

The Book of Ours (2022) 
A song cycle
Commission : arthur + martha CIC working with The Booth Centre & John Rylands Library, Manchester

This project made a medieval-style illuminated manuscript, describing the lives, hopes and dreams of people who have experienced homelessness

Accompanying the manuscript a song-cycle of hymns and chants. The songs celebrate a wide cross-section of individual lives, lives that don’t appear in history books.