I’ve written a song with Felix Hagan for Week 53‘s 100% Salford, being performed at The Lowry‘s Lyric Theatre on 7th and 8th May. The production is all about how one’s life experience differs based on where one lives, how it would change depending on income or one’s ethnic/geographic/social background.
The song takes inspiration from Ewan MacColl’s Dirty Old Town but transplanted into a modern setting (“I met my love by the outlet mall…” etc). I wrote the lyrics and Felix wrote the music. Becca Williams will be on singing duties (I’ll be playing bass for the performance).
To quote the press release: “100% Salford puts the humanity into statistics as we examine what it is to live in this incredible, varied city in 2016.”
In a way that graphs and pie-charts never could, this bold and staggeringly ambitious project explores the cultural trends and social make-up of Salford through the prism of 100 people who perfectly represent the city’s population based on age, gender, household type, geography and ethnicity, painting a rare portrait of a complex city.
The production is part of Week 53 Festival.