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Morris Monday in rehearsal at Cecil Sharp House

Morris Monday in rehearsal at Cecil Sharp House


Morris Monday


Morris Monday

The exciting news this week is that my morris fantasia Morris Monday (commissioned by EFDSS for my creative artist residency at Cecil Sharp House) has been completed, printed, emailed out to the musicians, and is all set for the premiere on Sunday!

It will be performed by a 30-piece orchestra brought together specially for the concert, consisting of both classical players and familiar faces from the folk scene.

There’s more information about the concert here:

You can read my interview with EFDSS about the concert, the fantasia and my experience as an artist in residence here:

Tickets for the concert are for sale here:

Hope to see you there!


2013 already


Hi everyone, lots to mention since my last update!

My residency at Cecil Sharp House is coming along nicely – I’ve written more material than I could ever have dreamed of, and while not all of it will make the final cut, the long hours spent at my desk have been helped by the presence of christmas chocolates (thanks, piano and violin students!). I’ve also been having great fun assembling what I am fondly calling ‘my morris orchestra’. You can now buy tickets for the concert, which will take place at Cecil Sharp House, London, on Sunday 24th March at 7.30pm. More information can be found on the EFDSS website.

Teaching-wise, the Folk and Ukulele bands at Rainbow Music are sounding better than ever. New members are always welcome, and you can find out more information on the Rainbow Music website, as well as in my teaching pages here (folk) and here (ukulele). Also congratulations to last term’s exam students – two successful prep tests, two merits and a distinction! 🙂

I’m still calling and playing for several ceilidh bands and you can occasionally catch me in a public gig for the Ceilidh Club at Cecil Sharp House with Licence to Ceilidh – I’ll try to give as much advance warning as I can next time I’m booked for one of those, so please keep an eye on Twitter!

I’ll also be calling for Blackbeard’s Tea Party at Oxfolk Ceilidhs next month, which is ultra exciting, not least because dressing as a pirate is encouraged. There’s more information on this fab ceilidh series on the Oxfolk website.

As I find 140 characters far less daunting than these blog posts, if you fancy keeping a closer eye on my movements and witticisms between updates I recommend following me on Twitter. (You can also see my most recent posts on the right hand side of this page). I also update my gig diary reasonably often.

Thanks for visiting!


Creative Residency at Cecil Sharp House


I’m very excited to announce that from September 2012 to March 2013 I’ll be a creative artist in residence at Cecil Sharp House! I’ll be composing an orchestral fantasia using morris tunes from the repertoire of the Beaux of London City Morris Men. The official press release is here: and I’ll post more when I get home from the various festivals I’m going to this month!


Happy Easter!


I hope everyone’s having a good bank holiday weekend! I’ve had a pretty manic term but I’ve just enjoyed a brilliant few days off, visiting family and doing a tiny bit of sailing. Back to the grindstone this evening though – check out my (slightly) redesigned website! -Alison

Happy New Year!


I realise I’m a bit late with this, but I’m still finding it hard to believe that the New Year celebrations have been and gone, and 2012 has started! I spent Saturday evening playing at a wedding with Licence to Ceilidh, and started the drive home about 10 minutes BEFORE midnight! To be honest, I rather enjoyed listening to a big band version of Auld Lang Syne on BBC Radio 2 as I drove along the A5 – it’s just a shame that for a few seconds prior to this happy discovery (in which I frantically groped for the radio controls) I had to endure Heart radio’s appalling version instead. My ears may never recover. But on the whole, if starting the new year with a long drive home from a brilliant gig is a sign of what’s to come in 2012, that’s fine by me.

It looks like I’ve got a pretty busy year lined up, including lots of ceilidhs with Licence to Ceilidh, the Bucket Band, and the Cunning Plan. Some of these are public performances so please keep an eye on the Gig Diary page for more details. I’ll also be expanding my teaching schedule and continuing with the ukulele, folk and string groups in Billericay. This might also be the year that I finally start work on the morris fantastia/symphony/thing that I started planning in, I think, 2009. But we’ll see…


The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse……

This feels like a good time to mention my orchestral composition The Night Before Christmas. I wrote it a couple of years ago, inspired by the famous poem of the same name and using the complete text of the poem as a narration throughout.

You can have a listen here: Enjoy!

(Alternatively could come to the South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert tomorrow night. Southend High School for Boys, 7.30pm. We’ll be playing my piece, Mozart’s 40th symphony, West Side Story, Star Trek, and other Christmassy things!)

Merry Christmas!