Sea Folk Sing - folk songwriting workshops

Aged 55 and over? Come to the Sea Folk Sing workshops to co-write new folk songs about North Kent. These will be performed in public spaces later in the year by a community choir, which you can also join.

What is it?
The Sea Folk Sing workshops run for 9-weeks and are part of a wider project that aims to improve the wellbeing of older people through singing, storytelling and song.

In these fascinating workshops, participants will get the chance to explore local history, diverse heritage and folklore, drawing on stories related to the North Kent coast. They will develop creative skills in songwriting, poetry, lyrics, singing and storytelling, working with professional musicians.

The sessions will be informal with the emphasis on having fun. There is no need to have any previous experience of music or history. We will provide all equipment and materials.

Suitable for:
This workshop is tailored for people aged 55+ but also open to anyone aged 16+

Accessible toilet: Yes
Autism-friendly dedicated session: No
Car parking onsite: Yes, limited. On-street pay parking nearby.
Disabled parking: Yes
Guide dogs welcomed: Yes
Hearing loop: No
Level access: Yes
Wheelchair access: Yes
Wifi available: Yes

The workshop is free.

How to book:
If you are interested in coming, please email or call Ideas Test on 07713 865955.

More info is here:

Who will be leading the workshops?
Debbie Sowter, Choral Director is an experienced choral animateur from Rochester, and the founder of Together Talking Music specialising in voice therapy and inclusive arts projects, including work with Chickenshed Inclusive Theatre Company.

Each week Debbie will invite a guest artist to support the workshops. These include local musicians Anil Sebastian, Lucky Moyo, Naomi Bedford, Paul Simmonds and Bob Carling.

Who is Sea Folk Sing managed by?
The project has been commissioned by Ideas Test and produced by SparkedEcho CIC. It is funded by Arts Council England, The Baring Foundation, Optivo, Kent County Council and Involving Medway.

Date and time details

Every Tuesday morning, 10am - 12pm

Contact info

Further details
07713 865955


Sunlight Centre


105 Richmond Road

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All Dates

  • Tuesday, 2 July, 2019
  • Tuesday, 9 July, 2019
  • Tuesday, 16 July, 2019
  • Tuesday, 23 July, 2019
  • Tuesday, 30 July, 2019
  • Tuesday, 6 August, 2019
  • Tuesday, 13 August, 2019
  • Tuesday, 20 August, 2019
  • Tuesday, 27 August, 2019