Hello wherever you are from Frankie Armstrong, whether we've met in person, or via recordings or maybe not at all till now.
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Frankie’s Programme from MAY 2008
June 30-July 4: Finding your voice in Co Wicklow, near Dublin, Ireland. Our voice is the most intimate expression of ourselves. A five day residential workshop which offers an opportunity to explore our voices and the variety of expression, colour and range that we are capable of. (Contact: The Chrysalis Centre, Donard, Co Wicklow, Eire,+353 (0)45 404 713; www.chrysalis.ie)
July 18-24: Voice Resources and Training Week. A training week at Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire with Frankie and Darien for those who wish to incorporate Frankie’s approach to voice into their work. (For details or booking forms, contact: Frankie, 029 2048 0429)
Frankie is in the process of organising events in Queensland and Melbourne. (Please watch this space and/or phone Frankie in early September in Australia on 0410 709 506)
October 17-19: Carry It On with Rowena Whitehead and Frankie Armstrong at Kinnersely Castle, Herefordshire. A skills training, support and networking weekend providing inspiration, ideas and refreshment to leaders of singing groups. Suitable for less experienced singing and voice teachers and also for more seasoned practitioners who are in need of nourishment. (Information and bookings from Rowena Whitehead 01223 573 288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
November 15: Voice Workshop at Cecil Sharpe House, Camden Town. This is one of a series of workshops starting on September 6. People need to book and attend the whole series.
November 15: Evening Concert at Cecil Sharpe House to celebrate the life and work of Bert Lloyd (A. L. Lloyd). Frankie will be singing along with many others including Louis Killen, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy. (www.efdss.org).
November 28-30: Voices of the Archetypes of Myth in Broadway, rural Worcestershire.
An exciting, exploratory way of accessing different aspects of our voices and ourselves by ‘trying on’ some figures from the world’s mythology, such as the Huntress, the Child, the Trickster and the Mother. Participants do not need to be singers or actors, though the workshop will enhance the skills of those professions, but simply need a willingness to enter into their capacity for play and imagination.
(Contact: Farncombe Estate, 01386 854 100; www.FarncombeEstate.co.uk)
Frankie's Available Recordings
Frankie's most recent solo recording is "The Garden of Love", with vocal and instrumental accompaniment by John Kirkpatrick, Joan Mills, Brian Pearson and Leon Rosselson (Fellside Records; FECD 144; www.fellside.com). (Enquiries/Mail Order: Paul Adams, Fellside Records. 01900 61556). Her other Fellside recordings are: "Till the Grass O'ergrew the Corn" (Traditional Ballads), with John Kirkpatrick & Maddy Prior on some tracks (FECD 116). "Lovely on the Water", a reissue of Frankie's first solo LP, with extra tracks from the 60s & 70s (FECD 151). And she sings "Banks of Green Willow" on "Voices - English Traditional Song", a Fellside compilation disc (FECD 87); And "Tam Lin" on "Ballads" (a Fellside compilation of singers performing traditional ballads - FECD 110).
Frankie has three CDs on Harbourtown Records: "The Fair Moon Rejoices" (with Cardiff musicians - HARCD 027), "Ways of Seeing" (solo, duo and group acapella women's voices - HARCD 009) and her newest recording "Darkest Before the Dawn" with Sarah Harman and Shanee Taylor (HARCD 045). Enquiries and Mail Order: Gordon Jones, Harbourtown Records, 01229 580 577; www.harbourtownrecords.com).
"I Heard a Woman Singing", a reissue by Rounder Records, USA (CD FF 332) of an early 80s LP of Frankie's, is distributed in Britain by Topic Records. Frankie is on a Topic reissue "Bird in the Bush - An amorous and erotic song collection" with other singers (TSCD 479); and is also featured on a Topic compilation "Round Cape Horn - Traditional Songs of Sailors, Ships and the Sea" (TSCD 499). (Available from main and specialist record shops, or by mail order from Frankie. CDs - £12.00 + 50p each for p+p).
Frankie's autobiography "As Far as The Eye Can Sing", edited by Jenny Pearson, published by Women's Press in 1992 (ISBN 0 7043 4294 4), can still be ordered through bookshops.
"Well Tuned Women - Growing Strong through Voice Work", the exciting new book that Frankie co-edited with Jenny Pearson, containing essays from leading international women voice trainers and artists, also published by Women's Press (ISBN 0 7043 4649 4).
Here are the recordings by Frankie Armstrong available from Harbourtown.
You can contact Frankie via Harbourtown E-Mail