Mining, Music and Words : April

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

The second instalment of our complementary events bringing the 'In Our Own Words' exhibition to life was well supported and enjoyed.

Expertly hosted by Ali Bullivent and the Imba Basi Band.

The day started with a free 'Digging Deep for Poetry!' Workshop with performance poet Matt Abbott of A Firm of Poets.

Participants learned microphone technique, presentation skills, timing, and how to get an audience on their side. They performed their poems in front of the afternoon crowd.

Here's some of the comments

"WOW. What a day. I'm STILL buzzing!!!! I'd like, no I need to please be part of Dave Alton's poetry workshop in May 8. Hope the list has spaces. I'll get back to you with my considered thoughts when the adrenaline settles. Thanks sooooo much to all you guys. You and the place rock!"

"A great way to share words and ideas with like minded people. Good to support and encourage up and coming poets."

"A very useful session - The event appealed to me to increase my confidence in public speaking. It also appealed so I could share my poetry with others and broaden my social network with other poets (morning poetry workshop participant and open mic performer)"

"An opportunity to meet other writers and hear each others writing, specifically to gain confidence in reading my own poems in front of an audience. I think this group could develop the basis of a literary collaboration that addresses the history of the mining industry and issues of contemporary society"

"Loved the poetry workshop. Helped me prepare for the performance. Also inspirational to hear other people’s poems and it gave me ideas. Lots of positive feedback from group about my poem gave me confidence. Would love to do something similar again."

Free Performance Afternoon

The expectant audience were moved by the emotional and sometimes humourous performances from members of the morning workshop - speaking of loss but also of community and pride. The afternoon moved along very nicely ...

Ali Bullivent & the Imba Basi Band

Original western acoustic music with African rhythms.

The Quirky Choir from Doncaster with Janet Wood

The Quirky Choir was set up in 1997 in time for the launch of The Point, Doncaster's community arts building, and has been running ever since.

The Scott Daniels Band 

The band sang a new piece written by poet Matt Abbot about his grandfather who was a miner at Kellingley colliery.

Paula Ryan

Paula is a compelling singer-songwriter, born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, whose powerful, insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Irish Gaelic roots & driven by the funky rhythmic influences and “wacky” instruments of music from other cultures.

Here are just a small selection of comments from the audience & performers

Open Mic

Chad Clemence Chabvonga entertained the audience with a poetry & song fusion.

"The event appealed because of our mining history and it was something different

"Exceptional creativity"

"We love to sing and where better than here"

"These sessions are a valuable way of bringing coal mining to the public ear"

"..fab ‪concert‬ in the great cultural setting of the National Coal Mining Museum for England. What a SUPER job Ali Bullivent did (as usual! ) not only putting it all together but also MCing and performing as well with the brilliant The Imba Basi Band - how does she do it? Have to mention the top team at National Coal Mining Museum for England for looking after us all so well - couldn't have made us feel more welcome. It was great to hear the sweet sounds of Scott Daniels Etc. the lyrical poetry of Chad Clemence Chabvonga and the ‪‎Quirky Choir‬ from ‪Doncaster‬ with Janet Wood - integrating the miners own words for a great rhythmic effect. On top of that a full house and a lovely reaction to my songs from ‪#‎LetmeFly‬ - great afternoon!‬‬‬‬ -  Paula Ryan."


To take part in our grand finale event on Sunday 8th May book a morning workshop place on 01924 848806 or simply drop-in and enjoy the afternoon performance. Don't forget, it's free!

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