Autumn/Winter Program 2020

Love in the Time of Covid 19

no. 10 7 May 2020

What's on at the virtual community house?

In this issue:

1. Autumn/Winter Program 2. Community Audiobook 3. Here's My Project - Kelly's Art 4. Interview - Meet Craig, the Guitar Teacher!

1. Autumn/Winter Program

Our special edition autumn/winter program will be hitting your mailboxes this week! It has a bit of everything from garden advice to links to loads of online programming and community actions during covid. 🐾🎈🏘️🧑‍🤝‍🧑🧘🧑‍🦽


2. Community Audiobook

Listen to six community members reading "The Last Leaf" by O'Henry The Last Leaf - Episode 1 A terrible pneumonia comes into Greenwich Village, where young artists Johnsy and Sue live together. The Last Leaf - Episode 2 - NEW! Sue noticed Johnsy was looking outside the window and counting something back in a low sound. Voices: Helen, Jude, Rayhan, Richard, Nagma, Vivien

3. Here's My Project

Streets are quiet, Awesome things are happening... at home!

Kelly's Art

Hello Kelly! What is your project? I've seen this time as a good chance to get back into an old hobby while experimenting with something new. In the past I have worked in a more traditional style such as still life and mostly in oil, where these are watercolour and acrylic.

How long did it take?

I have found these pieces shownmore spontaneous and free spirited, something I'm not always able to do or be. But at the moment I have all the time in the world to play around and have fun and paint as freely as possible. I have recently been inspired and drawn tobold and blocked colours and the contrasts of negative/positive space.

Thank you so much for your story and photos, Kelly!

So, Dear Readers, 

What projects are you working on?

Share your passion, help your community stay connected :)

4. Interview

Meet Craig, the Guitar Teacher!

Hi Craig, What are changes the Coronavirus(Covid-19) situation has brought to you?

I have been trying to live by the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”. There is nothing I enjoy more than playing music with people - whether it’s singing in choirs, teaching students, performing in bands or jamming with friends. Like all of us, I very much miss spending face-to-face time with my friends and family. Luckily, I live with the wonderful Nicki Johnson, so we can still perform together as our band All The Way Home. We’re doing a weekly concert series “Sundays@6” on our facebook page. Each Sunday at 6pm we play:

  •  a warm up song,

  • a song from our new CD All The Way Home (you can listen for free on Bandcamp - or support us - here),

  • a recent original song, and

  • a singalong to finish.

Watch the first concert of the series we did. Every Sunday at 6pm we’ll perform on Facebook live for 15 minutes here:

Any tips on spending time at home?

In the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to write 3 new songs (that’s the lemonade I mentioned above). I try to keep a balance of exercise (walking once or twice a day plus some yoga/stretching); social and family time (ringing family and friends, getting involved in online events through facebook and instagram), and learning new skills. At the moment I’m learning a lot about online teaching through the Victorian Music Teachers Association and I just finished my first ever Sudoku - with a fair amount of help from Nicki, who is a Sudoku master.

Any contents you'd recommend?

I’ve enjoyed learning how to use Zoom to make music. This includes “open mics”, where people take turns playing songs to each other, “jams”, where someone leads a song and we all play along at home (Rachel at Newlands ran an excellent Community Jam a couple of weeks ago - thanks Rachel!) and also band sessions where we get together to work on new songs. For example, I'm really enjoying the daily singalong being run by local Jane Yorke from Just Holler here Also, Nicki and I are running "All The Way Home: Sundays @6" on facebook here.

Who is Craig?

Craig Barrie is an award-winning singer-songwriter and member of the bands All the Way Home and The Junkman’s Choir. You can find Craig singing in, and sometimes accompanying, the Brunswick Rogues choir and NECCHi’s own Moreland Choir, as well as Tierce de Picardie. Craig is a long-time guitar player who originally learnt classical before branching into folk, pop, rock, country and jazz. As well as playing bass, he is a recent convert to the ukulele, learning from ukulele ace and multi-instrumentalist, Lucy Wise. A member of Community Music Victoria, Craig loves sharing the joy of making music, with a range of fun songs for beginners and plenty of tricks and tips for players looking to build new skills.

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From the NECCHi team (Newlands & East Coburg Community Hubs inc.)

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