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Jennifer Bell songs in the House

FreddyHeadey 22 Feb 16 - 06:20 PM
Leadfingers 23 Feb 16 - 05:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Jennifer Bell songs in the House
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 22 Feb 16 - 06:20 PM

Jennifer Bell writing songs in and about the Houses of Parliament

Is this today's folk music?

Michael Rosen & Laura Wright hear about Mouthpiece, a project in which composer Jennifer Bell has been given access to interview people from the Speaker to the barista about their working lives in the Houses of Parliament. She's then created songs from their words to show the human side of life there, and to reflect on the ways in which Parliament voices the country. 
There is a tradition of using verbatim speech in music, and Michael compares Jennifer's work to the Radio Ballads of Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker, in particular Singing The Fishing.
Producer Beth O'Dea
More information about Jennifer Bell's work can be found on her website,

BBC R4 Word of Mouth - Mouthpiece: Turning the Spoken Word into Songs 

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Subject: RE: Jennifer Bell songs in the House
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Feb 16 - 05:11 AM

Clever stuff , but not what I wold want to sing

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