Dusk: Video – Greenwich Caroline Watsham Sundown

Caroline Watsham sings Sundown at Greenwich for Dusk

Dusk: Video – Greenwich – Light Another Candle For You

The magnificent 3 Bucket Jones teach the audience their part, then sing their lovely boppy-sad song Light Another Candle for You. Perfectly capturing the ambivalence many of us feel at this time of year.

you can buy the single on Bandcamp, search 3 Bucket Jones

or get one from us in our crowd fund for Noon, BEFORE 20th Nov 2018!


DUSK: the Complete 12 site programme


The Complete Programme

All events BSL interpreted

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Ellon, Aberdeenshire 17:07-17:54
Better Read Books, 18 Ythan Terrace Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 9LJ
Online: https://www.facebook.com/intuitivemusicaberdeen/

Hosts: Euan Kelly and Bill Kelly
Performers: Haworth Hodgkinson and Catriona Yule
BSL Interpreter: Bruce Cameron

Alex Reece Abbott, MacFarquhar’s Bed
Patrick Gale, Sleep Tight

Intuitive Music Aberdeen: Intuitive music based upon the Winter Solstice mode from Haworth Hodgkinson’s Dundee Ambient

Mandy Macdonald, Gloaming
Joy Howard, Factory
Jane Aldous, After the Sun, Before the Stars
Eileen Carney Hulme, Blue Hour
Alice Tarbuck, Decoration of a Fermented Season
Alison Lock, Crow Haibun
Sue Johnson, The Shortest Day
Michelle Penn, End of Ramadan

Inverness 17:15-18:02
Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA
Online: https://www.facebook.com/groups/239056849510849/

Hosts: Phil Baarda and Sherry Morris
Performers: Amy Hasson and Alexander Donaldson

Jane Aldous, After the Sun, Before the Stars
Eileen Carney Hulme, Blue Hour
Alice Tarbuck, Decoration Of A Fermented Season

Pippa Gladhill, In-Between Dog
Sherry Morris, Granda’s Plan
Alex Reece Abbott, MacFarquhar’s Bed
Lucy Grace, Breadcrumbs

James Bryce, Dusk Song
Ed Bentley, Dusk In The Gers

Greenwich 17:16-17:57
West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN
Online: https://www.facebook.com/SolsticeShorts2014/

Host : Silas Hawkins
Performers: Math Jones, Grace Cookey-Gam
BSL interpreter: Rob Chalk

Kirsty Fox, They Said there were Pirates
Math Jones, Yes, Twilight

K Wise, Tempus Erat
John Richardson, all this
Laila Sumpton, Starling Time
Lisa Kelly, Match Girl
Martyn Crucefix, Summers Ended in Sweetness

3 Bucket Jones, Light Another Candle for You
Caroline Watsham, Sundown

Nottingham 17:17-17:59
Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH
Online: https://www.facebook.com/NottmWritersStudio/

Performers: Susie Hennessy, Jay Bradley
BSL Interpreter: Elvire Roberts

Sue Birchenough, Roost
Kelly Davis, Calling Them In
Katy Lee, Red Coat, Wolf, etc
Stevie Krayer, Sleeping Out

David Mathews, Flick’ring Shadows
Penny Pepper, Wolf’s Head
Lucy Grace, Breadcrumbs
Kirsty Fox, They Said there were Pirates

Carlisle 17:18-18:02
Foxes Cafe Lounge, 18 Abbey Street, Carlisle Cumbria, CA3 8TX
Online: https://www.facebook.com/groups/851852114905954/

Host: Nell Dunn
Performers: Ben Brinicombe, Kelly Davis
BSL Interpreter: Karen Edmondson

Rob Walton, Words On Paper
Samuel Wright, Here

Lindsay Reid, Summer Evening
Kelly Davis, Calling Them In
Katie Evans, 16:30
Joy Howard, Factory

Nicola Reid, Witching Hour
John Chambers, Balcony

Rossendale, Lancashire 17:19-18:02
The Whitaker Museum & Arts Centre, Haslingden Road, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 6RE
Online: https://www.facebook.com/whitakermuseum/

Host:  Carl Bell
Performers: Tony Curry, Carl Bell, Neil Bell
BSL Interpreter: Amanda Owen

Aziz Dixon, Calligraphy of Starlings
Alison Lock, Crow Haibun

Kirsty Fox, They Said there were Pirates
Lucy Grace, Breadcrumbs
Rosalind Stopps, One Two Three, One Two Three
Samuel Wright, Here

Sarah Grundy, Night & Day

Lancaster 17:20-18:03
The Print Room Café, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Online: https://www.facebook.com/northwestliterarysalon/

Host: Yvonne Felton-Battle
Performers: Mary Hooton, Leo Atkin, Marian Cox
BSL Interpreter: Carol Kyle

Joy Howard, Factory
John Bevan, Afterglow

David Hartley, Daylight Savings
Rob Schofield, Four Beaches
Rosalind Stopps, One Two Three, One Two Three

Birmingham 17:21-18:03
The Goose, 561 Bristol Rd, Birmingham, B29 6AF
Online: https://www.facebook.com/unbrokencocoon/

Host: Adam Elmi
Performers: Sam Arrowsmith and James Bryhan
BSL Interpreter: Emma Dunleavey-Dale

Nigel Hutchinson, Some Times a Black Cloud
Sue Johnson, The Shortest Day

Sherry Morris, Granda’s Plan
Fiona Salter, On The Evening Train

Brandon Sheils, Dusk


Bristol 17:27-18:07
The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill, near Bath, BA1 9AF
Online: https://www.facebook.com/thebarebonescollective/

Performers: Paul Deaton, Elizabeth Parker, Corinne Harragin
BSL Interpreter Paul Mancini

Paul Deaton, Brunel’s Bridge
Elizabeth Parker, Dhusarah

Helen Slavin, At Sky’s Edge
Sherry Morris, Granda’s Plan

Ichi, Magic Hour
Anna Kissell, Oh, The Dark!

Holyhead, 17:30-18:12
Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, Ynys Mon, LL65 1TE
Online: https://www.facebook.com/ucheldre.holyhead/

Host: Ness Owen
Performers: Nicholas McGaughey, Karen Ankers, Trefor Stockwell
BSL Interpreter: ffranses Wharton-Faraut

Katerina Watson, Threshold
Cath Bore, The Dusk Runner

Jill Sharp, The Dogs of Delhi
Ness Owen, Female Blackbird Sings (in Welsh and English)
Jeremy Dixon, Driving to Blackpool to Visit My Sister
Nicholas McGaughey, Magic Hour
Stevie Krayer, Sleeping Out
Carl Griffin, Sea’s Wedding

Fiona & Gorwel Owen, Releasing Birds and Y Gwydd

Warkleigh 17:33-18:14
Courage Copse Creatives, Warkleigh, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9DD
Online: https://www.facebook.com/Courage.Copse.Creatives/

Performers: Katy Lee and Lisa Schneidau
BSL Interpreter: David Wolfenden

Nigel Hutchinson, Some Times a Black Cloud
Kelly Davis, Calling Them In
Gabrielle Choo, Sundown Breath
Katy Lee, Red Coat, Wolf etc

Pippa Gladhill, In-Between Dog
Cath Bore, Dusk Runner
Katerina Watson, Threshold
Jackie Taylor, Cape Cornwall

Tom Norden Crepuscule
Sharon Lazibyrd After Dark There’s Sun and Time Has Its Own Song

Redruth 17:40-18:20
The Writers’ Block, The Merlin Building, Cornwall College,
Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3RD
Online: https://www.facebook.com/TheStoryRepublic/

Performers: The Story Republicans
BSL Interpreter: Debbie Harvey

Alannah Egan, I Am Dusk
Roselle Angwin, The Standstill
Bridie Toft, Arrival

David Hartley, Daylight Savings
Patrick Gale, Sleep Tight

The Farewell Shanty, collected by Merv Vincent
Dusk is Dark, poem by Andrew Lanyon, set to music by Katie Kirk

Inverness Playwrights

Intuitive Music Aberdeen

Bare Bones Collective

Dusk Songster: Sharon Lazibyrd

Sharon Lazibyrd is a talented, original and award winning singer- songwriter who writes striking, ethereal and melodic songs. Her songs are influenced by musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk. She has performed across the UK and in Ireland including Glastonbury Festival winning the South West Music Awards Best Folk Act of 2013 with her duo Lazibyrd. She has recorded a session for Bob Harris, included in the FATEA showcase sessions and invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential. Her music has been played by BBC Radio 6 Music as part of the BBC Introducing Mixtape as well as on over 50 folk and indie shows worldwide. She is BBC Introducing Artist of the week in Jan 2018 on Georgey Tonight which goes out nationwide across the BBC network. She performs on ukulele and violin.

“I love her gorgeous folk” Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music
“A voice that can really deliver the core of the narrative” Neil King FATEA magazine “Messages that need to be heard…beautifully put together” Steve Clarke Cuillin FM

Sharon is performing two songs for Dusk at Warkleigh, After the Dark there’s Sun, and Time has its Own Song

Dusk Songster: Nicola Reed

Nicola Reed has been a singer forever, a musician for a while and is still learning to be a poet.

She has played in folk clubs and festivals all over northern England and has been so lucky to have worked with people she considers to be wonderful poets and musicians and knows to be friends.

Nicola has performed support sessions for musicians such as Steeleye Span, Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader and produced an album called Westward Turning with Fellside Records in 2001, with her friend and wonderful fretless bass player Mike France.

Lately she has been writing as much poetry as songs and performs regularly at Carlisle Speakeasy.

Nicola’s song for DUSK, Witching Hour willl be performed at Carlisle, and is about that time just before it is dark when shapes shift and you are filled with a wonderful energy and desire to ‘run wild through the fields’.

Dusk Songster: James Bryce

James Bryce wears two hats. As composer/songwriter and actor.

His music emcompasses children’s songs and music for BBC Radio and Cbeebies, for radio drama, music for theatre,  orchestra, chamber groups and choirs.  He was the composer of the musical “Whisky Kisses”, Pitlochry’s showcase production in 2014. His songs, which he performs as a singer-songwriter, range from jazzish to MOR to musical hallish to rockish to folkish to just plain daft. He has released two albums.





James’ song for Dusk, Dusk Song, will be performed at Inverness on 21st December.


Dusk Songster: John Chambers

John Chambers is a published poet and musician who has seen angels at Grunne Point, been held at gun point, sings for lost causes, writes because he has to, films because he wants to and holds the tattered garment of human rights across an increasingly denuded England.

John is a part of the Patchwork Opera a group of writers, musicians and visual artists who believe that the diverse is ordinary and the ordinary is magical.

John’s song for Dusk, Balcony will be performed at Carlisle on 21st December.

Dusk Songster: Caroline Watsham


Caroline Watsham is a keen musical saw player and dabbler in songwriting and poetry.  She has plied her blade at many events and festivals ranging from Oxfordshire to Paris and Vienna (via a fleeting appearance on BGT in 2014!).   Her songs are based on a framework of personal experience, weaving in elements from an eclectic variety of sources. She can be found on Facebook under her pages Caroline the Musical Saw Lady and Caroline’s Songbook.

Carolyn’s song for Dusk, Sundown, will be performed at Greenwich, at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018

Shoreham WordFest: Liberty & Protest videos

We had a lot of fun at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham for Shoreham WordFest on Thursday, lovely crowd, great acoustic and though we say it ourselves, some marvellous poems, stories and songs.

Poems by Bernie Howley, Elinor BrooksBrian Johnstone, Jeremy Dixon, Kate Foley and Andrew McCallum; read Carrie Cohen, Elinor Brooks and Greg Page

Stories by Carolyn Eden, Cherry Potts and Liam Hogan read by themselves.

Songs by Sydney Carter, Ali Burns, Albert Nyathi, George Loveless/ Joe Stead and  James Oppenheim; arranged by Melanie Harrold messed around with and sung by a small subset of Vocal Chords Choir, (Cherry Potts, Alix Adams, Bea Jackson, Caroline Dunton, Denise Mueller-Brown and Maria Kirby)

The Privilege of Departure, or Dover Bound, But Delayed by Bernie Howley, read by Carrie Cohen.




Singing We Raise the Watchword Liberty in full with the audience

The second half – stories, and a certain amount of difficulty with the camera cutting out.

Carolyn Eden:

Cherry Potts:

Liam Hogan:

Here’s some feedback from the audience on what they liked (you can hear them joining in on some of the songs)

Well constructed programme, the segues from music into poetry and back again, the variety of interpretations given to the theme of liberty. Bread and Roses, Free White Towel and the promise of a free badge!

Here is an interesting evening, full of fun, wisdom and wit. Hear some moving poems/ stories from those from the past and present combined with our essential liberties.

I love being read to. A very mixed programme which really stimulated my mind and imagination.


variety – the spice of life

I enjoyed the flow of the first half

Loved the storytelling

Singing – chance to join in

Celebrating freedom – and keeping socialist history alive – good songs poems and stories too!

Witty and original writing. Very lively material, good singing.

Dusk Important update for writers (and others)

Ok! Writers! Pay attention! (Not a writer? Scoot down to the end, there’s info for you there!)

We are widening the call out for Solstice Shorts Dusk. You can now offer us previously published work (for performance only). This means we won’t consider previously published work for the book, but will consider it for performance at one of the following places on 21st December as it gets dark:

Ellon (nr Aberdeen)
Holyhead (Anglesey)
Warkleigh (near Barnstaple)

SUBMIT HERE deadline 5th November but you’d make us deliriously happy if you sent something SOONER.

Musicians we are after songs for the peformances too, same submission link

Everyone else!! If you think this is a lovely idea and want to get behind it, PLEASE go to our crowd fund (TODAY, it expires tomorrow!) we have lot of lovely items, hand-crafted and otherwise on offer, and you’ve missed your chance at the cake already! We still have quite a way to go!