Hello all – sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated here. We’ve had a great summer with lots of drumming and music and travelling around in our camper van.
We’ve successfully raised £1000 for Kartong 10th anniversary though we’ve had to postpone the big celebrations in Gambia till 2016 because of fears about Ebola although a festival will still go ahead in February 2015.
We’ve just had fun doing our ICC certificates for boathandling and our VHS radio courses so that we are better qualified for moving barges about and know what to do if there was any kind of emergency!
The grandchildren are well and we are happy. I’m hoping to help run a Peace Education Programme in Bristol over the winter and also have a music gig on Dec 17th at Halo Bar if you’re in Bristol come and say hi.
I really do miss the interaction that used to happen here though most people are at FB it’s not really the same.
Anyway – see you again soon.
With International Peace Day coming up on September 21st I hope you’ll enjoy this short video.
Some of you may know that my husband Peter started an amazing festival in a village in Gambia called Kartong in 2005. The festival has blossomed and now attracts lots of vistitors which brings much needed trade into the village. The local people have taken on the running of the festival with almost no outside help now but the ticket sales only cover half the cost of running the festival. We want to keep ticket prices low so local people can afford to attend so we are appealing through this Kickstarter campaign for pledges to raise £1,000 for the 10th anniversary celebration in February 2015. Please pledge if you can – every pound goes miles further in Gambia due to the exchange rate!
Watch the short video at the link below and pledge whatever you can – many thanks – Chandra
We’re back from an amazing whistlestop tour of the North! Starting at Bloxham we visited old friends and went to a sabar workshop on Tuesday. Wednesday we went to Cropredy to see friends and collect some tents we’d used last year to return to the owners and then to look at a narrowboat job for Peter at a lovely place called Stockton near Rugby and had a cuppa with some old friends of Peter’s then stayed the night in a nice little hotel in Rugby which is a surprisingly nice town.
Thursday we arrived for a one night visit with Lee and Leah and had a lovely time with them and the grandchildren then on to Warrington to see Peter’s son Alex! We ate drank and were merry and finally ended up in Liverpool on Sunday with Pa Modou for a barbecue and lovely reunion before finally driving back to Bristol late last night! Phew!! Was really lovely to see so much family and friends in one week. The icing on the cake was my son Daniel surprised us with a visit to Bristol en route to somewhere! This week sees the arrival of my sister from Oz and Modou Diouf from Gambia for his summer tour of sabar workshops all over the country so if you’re interested in having a go or improving your sabar check the pinned post for the schedule here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/502624459805398
So much has happened that I don’t even know where to start. I think I’ll have to leave out most of the last couple of months. It’s been sad times with the loss of dear friends’ son and various other things.
Now getting on with life again. I’m playing with two percussion groups and tonight we have a gig in Bristol. I’ve been giving my own music a bit of a rest after all the hype and hard work of launching the second album!
Peter and I had a lovely anniversary in Wales – we went to Cardigan for a couple of nights and went to a beautiful concert there of Seckou Keita with Catrin Finch – really wonderful. I also had a weekend in Barcelona seeing Prem Rawat speak and sight-seeing and yesterday I went with my mum to see the Matthew Bourne Swan Lake in Bristol which was stunning!
We’re working hard on an Arts Council bid for funding for a sabar drumming project in Gambia and UK and also fundraising for the 10th Anniversary Kartong Festival in February 2015. More of that in a future post!
So…..this is just a quick post so you know I’m still around – will post some photos and other news soon.
Hope you’re all well and enjoying life too!
Peter and I had a wonderful time at Kartong Festival 2014 in Gambia. Here’s some great video clips that Nigel Sadler filmed and recorded.
Highlights from Kartong 2014
We’re using it to fundraise for the 10th anniversary festival in 2015 and if you contribute £10 or more we’ll send you the full video of these wonderful acts as a thank you!
Please give what you can – contact me firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to donate.
Hello – well what an amazing year I’ve had – highs and lows in the family and my personal highlight was releasing my second album At The Healing Tree in October.
We have one last gig for this year so if you’re in Bristol come along on December 18th!!
Here’s a video of one of the songs I sang live at the album launch. I wrote this song for my husband Peter and I hope you enjoy it!
I had a really great evening to launch my new album At The Healing Tree. I had Paddy Uglow and Andrea Hernandez doing support sets then performed two sets of songs with the band I put together specially.
It was really good to play the tracks with the full backing of a band to do them more justice than when it’s just me and my guitar! Everyone did brilliantly and it felt like a turning point. I sold a few albums and also it’s now available as a hard copy on my website Chandra Moon and also for download on CDbaby, iTunes and Amazon.
Here’s a photo from the evening.
Next stage is to make some more videos and do some more live gigs and hopefully write some new songs!