John Meed

John Meed is a singer-songwriter based in Cambridge whose music has been described by R2 Rock’n’Reel as: ‘Thoughtful and thought provoking.’

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Concerts with French choir Un Choeur pour Boala

This July we welcome some very special visitors from Cognac in France. Un Choeur pour Boala (a choir for Boala) will be staying in Cambridge from July 11th to 18th, and I shall be playing three concerts with them:

KettlebastonSunday July 12th at 6.30pm in Felsham church, Suffolk, IP30 0PJ as part of their patronal festival – Free entry but donations please

Monday July 13th at 7.30pm in Kettlebaston church, Suffolk, IP7 7QA (right) Tickets £12.50 on the door

John_TaraFriday July 17th at 7.45pm in the Friends Meeting House, 91–93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge CB1 7UB – when I will also be joined by Tara Westover. Tickets £5 – message me to reserve

In each concert the choir and I will each play a set of around 40 minutes each, and will end the evening singing a couple of songs together.

I first sang with the choir in July 2011 when they invited me to join them for a concert in the Mynydd Seion Chapel in Abergele in North Wales. Here is a rough recording of us singing Thesalonika together on that occasion:

affiche_generiqueThe choir had formed two years earlier when ten singers from the Cognac Conservatoire de Musique gave a concert in Boala. Moved by the welcome and kindness of the people, they decided to continue singing as a choir in order to raise money for the villages. The money raised from the three concerts will go to the charity Les Amis de Boala which supports projects in the rural community.

The choir’s repertoire includes songs from across the world in a variety of languages and styles which range from traditional Catalan or Jewish pieces to the music of the Beatles and George Gershwin.

Boala is a rural community in Burkino Faso, made up of 16 villages with about 25,000 inhabitants about 150 km north east of Ouagadougou. For a long time it has had very little contact with the outside world. As a result it has kept alive its traditional way of life, its dress, crafts (pottery, basket weaving and ironwork), customs and animist religion. They wish to have more contact with the outside world while keeping their traditions alive and enabling young people to stay in the area.

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