A Secret Garden jam — where the music does the talking — by the 50+ live music group — 90 minutes of music distilled to 12. Heard on the track — Gifty (voice, percussion), Grafton (voice) and Sue (voice, guitar),… Read moreBright sunshiny day
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New podcaster Emmanuel introduces himself. Paula is worried about the isolating effects of lockdown and unemployment. Recorded on a sunny, but noisy, day – 5 August 2020 – in St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney.
Sue (voice, guitar) and Gifty (voice, calabash) improvise a song from Gifty’s repertoire. Also heard: Ken (guitar) and Stephen (guitar). Then Gifty tells us why she wrote the song. We are getting closer to the live music project concept, based… Read moreMusic story
Paula contrasts her memories of stable working life with the prospects of a younger generation trying to get started. Recorded on a noisy day – 29 July 2020 – in St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney.
John arrives on a Honda Hornet 600 F3 CBR, and tells us how coronavirus has curtailed his life on the road. Followed by three minutes of very distanced music snatched from our 50+ band (who were in the garden all… Read moreOpen Road
A brief episode from Brian’s life in London, 1954. Recorded on a rainy day – 1 July 2020 – in St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney.
A brief summary of Andreas’ experiences of radio, phone and TV services in the UK since 1957. Recorded on a rainy day – 1 July 2020 – in St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney.
Joggers are still a threat to vulnerable people in the street. Recorded 24 June 2020 in St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney.
Ruth looks back on her journey from apartheid South Africa. Recorded 24 June 2020 in St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney. Transcript The killing of George Floyd in Minnesota has shocked the world over. Once again a black person is brutalised… Read moreAt last I could be proud
Planning for a new normality Paula Yassine tells us how St Marys Secret Garden has survived lockdown – and outlines a plan for carrying on as a community garden for the most vulnerable and isolated people. Edited extracts from a… Read moreSanctuary Garden