Well I have to say I’m pretty happy that all these subscriptions are going to be disappearing. Who ever reads them? Every time I’ve had an email from some clothing company or whatever saying “WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU!” I’ve muttered “You have no idea who I am, so go away”.

I’ve always been uncomfortable that in my website, the “unsubscribe” box is really hard to find (I don’t know where it is, so how could you?!) so maybe this is for the best! I was once a very keen blogger, when I was paid to do one while under management and contract (http://thecanadiannightingale.blogspot.co.uk/) and I would keep this one going too but for the possibility of fines under the General Data Protection Regulations! I downloaded two “plugins” to comply with regulations but then what? I’m not a tech wizard and they clearly expect that I am. So there they sit, unused.

I do have some exciting future projects; next month I will be recording a 32-track CD to go with my forthcoming book “She Wrote the Songs” which is about the particular and important contribution women made to domestic, or parlour song, focusing on the 1830s to the 1950s. Some AMAZING, INSPIRING stories and gorgeous tunes. Really surprising stuff. This will come out in late summer, all being well. The book will be published by Valley Press, and the CD was meant to go inside the book but taxes being different for books and CDs, unfortunately they will have to be sold separately. I’ll sell them together at gigs though! Trust me, these songs are fascinating, and really really excellent. Andrea Kmecova and I have performed them far and wide in preparation.

Also Matt and I will be making a recording of what we call the “Ditties Project” or “Songs of the Olden Time”. You can see a playlist on Youtube HERE! Many many songs that are part of the fabric of this country but seldom performed.

There is also a REALLY EXCITING appearance in a major film which I cannot talk about yet, that is set to be out later this year or early next (all I’ll say is I’m wearing green feathers); and for this last commemorative year of the First World War, there are a raft of appearances. Hopefully you’ll hear us sometime soon on In Tune, talking about these! In the meantime I’ve listed them on the “Gigs” link as best I can. I’ll put more details and links as I go along. There are several pop-up appearances not confirmed yet. Do not hesitate to CONTACT ME if you’d like to know anything!

I’ve also been doing a fair amount of atmospheric session work lately, with tracks like this one:

And final credit sequences for documentaries like this one:

Well, in short, there is a lot happening, and a lot going to happen! Because of GDPR, I won’t be sending out messages like this one, however DO subscribe to my YouTube channel, and be sure to hit the little red bell icon on the subscribe button, and you’ll be able to see things there, and if you’d like to, do keep in touch in other ways, do send me a message when you’re wondering what’s going on. Send me a message now if you’d like me to personally email you (individually!) to tell you when the book is out, and thank you for subscribing!! It’s been lovely to have had the privilege of communicating with you!

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  1. Beverly Fletcher Says:

    I have just read your article in the issue of ‘You’ magazine for 21st July 2019 about the postcards you sent to the Canadian lady; by mistake! What a wonderful piece and so evocative. If I may tell you, I send holiday postcards to a friend’s mother who has advanced dementia as I like to imagine my friend reading it to her; hopefully on some level she can enjoy a brief snapshot of where I am and what I’ve done.
    They are a lovely way to keep in touch and it’s so sad fewer people seem to be sending them anymore.You cannot cradle a picture on a ‘phone in the same way…
    You must have made such a difference to her and I hope that thought gives you some comfort; it gave me a warm glow just reading it.
    Thank you again and every success in the coming years.
    Best wishes,
    Beverly Fletcher

  2. John Hall Says:

    Hello Patricia. Long time. I wondered what you are up to these (almost) post-covid days. Any gigs planned in the North London area or Essex would be better now as I no longer reside in Cockney-land but that is another story. I do hope you and all the gang are OK and keeping very busy.

    Love to hear from you with all your plans
    Kindest Regards

  3. Kenneth R. Weeks Says:

    Not only does this album achieve artistic elegance, but technically it is the acme of perfection, with perfect acoustic balance between piano and voice. Magnificent!

  4. Patricia Says:

    Thank you!! I’d LOVE to do another album like it.

  5. Kenneth R. Weeks Says:

    Last comment referred to “Le Charme.”

  6. Angela Says:

    I just love your music and have only just found it! I am trying to pick up the words of the middle 2 lines lines of the second verse of Yours.

    Could anyone kindly fill in the gaps please?

    The cloak of evening is wrapped around us
    There is a spell……………
    ………………the moon has found us
    It hears me open my heart to you.

    Many thanks – and one day I hope to see you live!
    Best wishes

  7. Patricia Says:

    Dear Angela, just noticing these messages today! It’s ‘there is a spell in its mystic blue; This wondrous evening, the moon has found us, it hears me offer my all to you”

  8. Mark Says:

    Good morning both,
    I saw you both up in Osterley Ward 1 West Middlesex Hospital. Your work there was great. Thourghly enjoyed that little impromptue midday party. Orlando and i particularly loved it. He had a rough start to the day with late painkiller dxlivery and i was at less than full possitivity. He was the big Rasta man and i was the guy with long white hair in the bed beside him.
    Really great you gave time up to entertain and get us to join in.
    Big thanks. That Blue Mink Song…..Good Morning Freedom.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Oh wow, Mark! I am so so so sorry I only just saw this! I remember you well! And Orlando.

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