The Bedford Songbook is a celebration of local artists and musicians brought together to create a book that recognises our exceptional local talent. All the songs contained in the book have been written and illustrated by Bedford folk.
The Bedford Songbook recognises and embraces the folk values of arts and culture that are generated by and belong to us. This is a small sample of the musicians and artists who contribute to the living, thriving arts in our town of Bedford.
Illustrated by The Circus of Illustration members and hand bound, this book of 9 original songs has been pared down to allow fellow musicians to take them and make them their own.
The songs have been transcribed and edited by Roger Illingworth.
With only 100 copies produced, this remarkable collection of 9 songs was launched in melodic style in November 2015. This creative showcase saw the book’s songwriters performing unique versions of each other’s songs with the Bedford Community Arts Choir performing choral versions of the Song Book arranged by Roger Illingworth. The event also provided a chance to see Bedford’s elusive ‘Lone Morris’ in an exclusive guest performance.
” Worthy work carries with it the hope of pleasure in rest,
the hope of the pleasure in our using what it makes,
and the hope of pleasure in our creative skill.”
The musicians and artists paired together are;
Rebecca de Winter and Emily Ross
Betty Frances and Kristian Purcell
Martyn Shouler and Simon Abbott
Christian Webb and Kristina Bullen
The Cover Illustration is by Marisa Straccia.
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