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17th Aug, 2022

Homeless and vulnerable on song at community concert in Stratford

SONGS written by homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in Stratford will be performed at a free community concert.

The event is a result of skills learned from a weekly songwriting workshop ‘Street Music’ run by Stratford musician Doug Armstrong.

The concert – which also features professional musicians including former Dodgy frontman Nigel Clark, Jack Blackman and Wes Finch – will be held at the United Reformed Church on Friday February 21, starting at 7pm.

Doug said: “The gigs are a great way to promote the work of the guys in the workshop and to give them an opportunity to perform publicly, helping to raise their confidence and self-esteem.

“All the artists provide their time free of charge so it is a real ‘care in the community’ event.”

A CD produced from the workshops will also be on sale to help raise funds.

Doug set up the workshop helping participants to write songs and learn basic guitar skills.

The members use the sessions to help deal with personal difficulties, life experiences, addiction or isolation.

The workshop forms part of a wider charity, which supports homeless people and those facing difficulties, known as the Street Arts Project’.

It was created by Doug, playwright Jackie Lines and musician Chris Musson, following the success of theatre production Streets Apart – written by Jackie and based on the experiences of homeless people.

The project – also supported by Stratford District Council – was also granted more than £14,000 by Stratford Town Trus and is one of town mayor Kate Rolfe’s three mayoral charities.

Search Street Arts Project on Facebook for more details.

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