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I'm your host, Michael Fry and on this show I'll be discussing this beautiful stuff called Music; what is it, what is its role in the world, how do we relate to it and why?
Through my 38 year career in commercial music, community music and inclusive arts, I have made a great network of amazing people to interview and share their stories, thoughts and their work with you. Of course, I'm sure that this network will grow and I will be chatting with people who I've never met before and become inspired by their stories.
Music is one of the greatest activities on Earth and so much more than just commercial music in all of its forms and genres. Music is fundamental to being Human and this is why I'm here. To talk about that.
Inclusion and access to music is what I am extremely passionate about and I want to explore this in depth. Wellness is also a theme that runs through this podcast as it is such an amazing byproduct of engaging with music.
And I really hope that you will get involved too by suggesting topics and guests and help to grow our community organically. You may even have that great story that needs to be shared. I want this to be our show, where Everyone is Music.
Thanks for being here.Keep in touch through the links below,
Michael
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Eternal Guitars


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Everyone is Music Michael Fry

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I'm your host, Michael Fry and on this show I'll be discussing this beautiful stuff called Music; what is it, what is its role in the world, how do we relate to it and why?
Through my 38 year career in commercial music, community music and inclusive arts, I have made a great network of amazing people to interview and share their stories, thoughts and their work with you. Of course, I'm sure that this network will grow and I will be chatting with people who I've never met before and become inspired by their stories.
Music is one of the greatest activities on Earth and so much more than just commercial music in all of its forms and genres. Music is fundamental to being Human and this is why I'm here. To talk about that.
Inclusion and access to music is what I am extremely passionate about and I want to explore this in depth. Wellness is also a theme that runs through this podcast as it is such an amazing byproduct of engaging with music.
And I really hope that you will get involved too by suggesting topics and guests and help to grow our community organically. You may even have that great story that needs to be shared. I want this to be our show, where Everyone is Music.
Thanks for being here.Keep in touch through the links below,
Michael
click here for links
Eternal Guitars


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    Ep 15 John Kelly

    Ep 15 John Kelly

    Great to be back this week with another wonderful interview.
    This week I am talking with John Kelly. John is a musician, singer, actor, activist and much more besides.
    I first met John at The Orpheus Centre, Richard Stilgoe's residential creative hub for young adults with disabilities.
    John was program coordinator and I was running music technology sessions in the main.
    John has had an amazing career to date, working as a youth worker, music educator, actor - John toured the Ian Dury show "Reasons to be cheerful" in the Dury role.
    John made a surprise appearance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony, singing the sometime controversial "Spasticus Autisticus", Dury's banned anthem to equality.
    John talks passionately about the Social Model of Disability as opposed to the Medical Model. Some fascinating insights come from this including John's childhood exposure to Music Therapy as his only access to music.
    John talks about his role in shaping the National Plan for Music with a greater emphasis on both technology and mixed inclusive approaches.
    We talk about the development of the "Kellycaster", John's bespoke guitar/software system that was developed with Drake Music.
    John talks about wanting to address the expectations of disabled people in education and greater diversity.
    John has an album out soon and his new single, 'Which side are you on?' is out now, is challenging, beautiful and you really should listen and download!
    John Kelly's Linktree
    "Which side are you on?" - John's new single
    Eternal Guitars
    My Links

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    Something had to give

    Something had to give

    This week I suffered overwhelm. Too many deadlines converging on the same week. End of term deluge! Something had to give and i promised that I would never compromise on editing and content on this show. Hence no show!
    Next week an amazing conversation with the wonderful John Kelly.
    See you there!

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    Ep 13 Leon Clowes

    Ep 13 Leon Clowes

    Welcome to episode 13.
    This week I am in conversation with Leon Clowes, a transdisciplinary artist. Using autoethnography, self-compassion and Brechtian techniques, Leon's creative practice is informed by lived trauma.
    This is a very honest conversation and I can only thank Leon for the integrity and openness that takes place.
    Our conversation begins at Drake Music, where we met in 1995 and quickly moves into addiction, growing up queer in the 80's against the backdrop of AIDS and then family trauma. Leon maintains perspective and humour throughout and it is a real testament to his creative practice and the formalising of this through his creative practice research PhD.
    I really believe that this is a very important conversation and although difficult at times, Leon's unwavering belief in the creative process is, ultimately, uplifting.
    Leon has just won a commission - The British Music Collection's LGBTQ+ Composers Open Call which is due to premiere in September 2022.
    Leon's Website
    Soundcloud
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Commission details
    Eternal Guitars
    My Links

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    Ep 12 Emma Hughes

    Ep 12 Emma Hughes

    Welcome to episode 12.
    This week my guest is Emma Hughes. Emma is the choir coordinator and director at Soundabout (Listen to Ep 7 with Clare Cook) and was instrumental in developing their work and delivery over Zoom during the Pandemic Lockdowns. Emma talks about the organic growth of her roles at Soundabout and particularly choir leading and setting up the tech.
    When I first contacted Emma, she was out on tour and I finally got to ask her where, what, with whom.
    Emma reveals that for the past 11 years she has been the live Bass player for Kate Nash and had been on tour with Kate in Germany. The portfolio career model is truly alive and very well. Emma talks about how she got the gig with Kate whilst an undergraduate studying performance and writing her dissertation on Music Therapy whilst on tour. Through working as a TA in SEN schools, Emma's interest in this area grew and she began to build her music practice over the ensuing years.
    Emma talks about the upcoming program at Soundabout and then we talk about Emma's journey into community music, the organic nature of this. We talk about music in society and how as working practitioners we begin to unpick formal training and develop new ways of thinking, playing and teaching through our work. Emma touches upon Christopher Small's idea of 'Musicking' and how all of the people surrounding music, the bar staff, the venue, the ticket seller, for example, all play a role in the activity of making music. I'm sure we can all resonate with this idea.
    As this episode goes out, Emma is on her way to Glastonbury Festival to perform 2 shows with Sam Brookes.
    I look forward to catching up with Emma in the months to come as I'm sure that her career in music will only continue to be a fascinating one.
    Soundabout
    Kate Nash Touring Life
    Sam Brookes
    Eternal Guitars
    All My Links

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    Ep 11 Rachael Perrin and Soundcastle

    Ep 11 Rachael Perrin and Soundcastle

    This week I am talking with Rachael Perrin from Soundcastle.
    Soundcastle are an amazing community music organisation, running sustained programs in community spaces, some of which are very discreet and 'Hidden'. Rachael describes this so well for us. Musical Beacons is a program for vulnerable families, often young women with children escaping from abusive situations.
    People's Music is a program all about adult mental health recovery. Soundcastle's work is often in gaps in current provision and is all about mental health and wellbeing.
    We discuss the challenges of attracting funding when much of your work, by its very nature, must remain invisible.
    Rachael tells us about The Soundcastle Community, an online space for community musicians to connect with other but also offering extensive training programs. Rachael describes this as a kind of online Arts centre.
    Soundcastle also work in sector development, consulting on inclusive practice and lots of training provision, including Mental Health First Aid.
    It was great to hear about Rachael's own journey into community music and her passion for the work.
    I was so impressed by our conversation and I raise a glass to Soundcastle's commitment to transparency in all that they do. Happily sharing their business model and all that they have gone through to get to where they are now. True community spirit.
    Soundcastle website
    The Soundcastle Community
    Soundcasle LinkedIn
    All other social media use @SoundcastleTeam
    Eternal Guitars
    My Links

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    EP 10 Me, Myself and I

    EP 10 Me, Myself and I

    Welcome to episode 10.
    This week it's me. I wanted to take a pause to reflect on the last 9 episodes but also to say something about my journey.
    Talking with guests about their journeys always makes me reflect upon my own and in this short episode I talk about responsibility and awareness of intimacy in our work. Music is emotionally powerful at times and relationships are built through participation.
    I also briefly talk about my journey through drugs and rehab and discovering community music and my subsequent interest in wellbeing.
    I will be dropping some bonus episodes on wellbeing and I hope that you will benefit from these.
    Thanks as always for being with me and please do get in touch and share your stories.
    Michael
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