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Arranging Project, Interested?

There is an English folk singer that I have followed for some time.  In looking for repertoire for my school choirs I am once again struck by the potential of her catalog.  Kate Rusby has been singing for 20 years and has produced an incredible output of songs, many of which could easily be made into choral works.
 
I emailed my contact at Pure Records to ask if this is even a possibility and would like to ask you the same.   Are there members that would be interested in taking on a project to arrange several of her songs for choral ensembles?   The best way to see the repertoire would be purchase her two song books or play through samples on her website KateRusby.com I will put up a few examples below.   I would like to make these pieces available on the Showcase, perhaps in a special projects page and the voicings pages.  Many details would need to be worked out.  Let me know if you are interested here or by message. 
 
White Cockade (I see SATB or duet soloists): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aobwrnijWhk
 
 
 
 
Check out the wealth of Carols from South Yorkshire:
 
 
Who Will Sing Me Lullabies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No5FkAmTaJY
 
(Might have to change a couple words LOL)
 
My kids have sung a couple of her songs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
on February 5, 2014 8:46am
Although I don't have the chops to arrange any of Kate's songs, I do appreciate learning about a wonderful singer/songwriter whom I didn't know about before.  (Now I know what to get for my daughter's birthday.)  And your choirs do a lovely job with those pieces--so enjoyable to listen to! 
 
on February 5, 2014 9:00am
Jack,
 
I think this is a great idea.  I'd love to give it a shot.  Do you have any of her songs that you would particularly like to hear?  Any combination of voices?  Thanks!
 
(If you'd like us to choose, I really like "Home" from her "While Mortals Sleep" album.)
on February 5, 2014 10:09am
Jack - this sounds like a great idea and opportunity. Takes me back to my days as a student where we would all use the same starting material to develop pieces around. I'm in!
Jason
on February 5, 2014 10:11am
Hello Jack,
 
Very interested in this project. In fact, right up my alley! I envision a suite of three or five, for a start.
 
Donald
on February 5, 2014 11:00am
Jack,

I'd like to reply publicly too - what a great initiative and I am also very interested in taking part.    

Best wishes and I'll be interested to hear what comes next.  
 
Sheena Phillips
 
on February 5, 2014 11:19am
I am very pleased to see the level of interest.  We have five composers ready to hop on board.  Kate has around 100 songs.  I think this would be a great way to open up her music to other audiences.  I only have one friend that has ever heard of her.  The potential in the US is incredible.  In England she is known as the Rock Star of folk music.   Folk musicians don't usually sell out concert tours and have terrific record sales.   This could mean there is a ready and waiting market there as well. 
 
 I see the potential to share beautiful and useful repertoire with choir diretors around the world.  I would love for people to discover her music or to use her music for their choirs. 
 
Some have asked about revenue sharing.  I believe her songs mostly belong to her.  She has done a few covers like "You Belong To Me" (one of my favorites.) We would need to work this cooperatively with Pure Records, her company, with their approval and mutual gain.  We can not go ahead with out their approval, though if this fails, individuals could of course make their own requests.  I would like sales to be directed through the composition showcase to your individual websites.  How that would work remains to be seen.
on February 5, 2014 5:02pm
If you like Kate, check out this commercial about life being better with a boat.  Great song put to great use.
 
on February 5, 2014 10:03pm
Hi Jack,
 
I love this idea, and would love to be involved if possible. I did an arrangement of one of her songs for a girls' high school choir I used to conduct and it was incredibly popular - they absolutely loved her music. You're right - she's so popular over here. Folk music was a big thing in the school I was working in, mind you - traditional with a modern twist. Folk/rock fusion, the hip young things informed me! They all wanted to compose folk/rock fusion pieces for their senior exam portfolios too. Very refreshing enthusiasm.
Thanks so much for all your great support and ideas, Jack.
 
Cheryl
(living in Northumberland, UK)
 
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on February 6, 2014 6:55am
WONDERFUL IDEA!!! Count me in - though I have a huge project that I need to start and complete first ! ;)

I've been a fan of Kate Rusby's for years - would be nice to get her involved in this project, too... Let me contemplate that!!

Another wonderful singer/songwriter to consider covering is Sarah McQuaid  https://www.facebook.com/sarahmcquaidmusic who has (literally) written the book on DADGAD tuning for guitar as used in Irish tradiational music. She is (another, as I am) ex-pat American who has lived in Ireland and now lives in Cornwall (where the waves are currently riding well up on the shores causing a lot of problems).

I think getting today's kids to listen to folk music this was is fantastic!! So little of "modern" music pays ANY attention to MELODY (music less harmony :( )!! My Australian niece once sang me a song that I knew from my growing up in the 60's, and I thought she was tone deaf (and was very sad)  Nope, it's simply that the cover of that song, as she had learned it, had ignored the melody so she didn't KNOW it, and only sang what she had heard. We need to change that back!!! ;)

Thanks for this great project!
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on February 6, 2014 8:28am
I mentioned this project to Sarah McQuaid, and she sent this reply that I am sharing with you:

"Thank you so very much, Di! You might like to mention to them that two of my original songs have already been given choral arrangements by Mary Woodvine, the musical director of the Penzance-based Blazing Hearts Chorus, and I performed the songs live with the choir at St Mary's Church in Penzance in November 2013. Would love to do more work with choirs. Thank you so much for thinking of me!"
 
So, please, include her in your thought process!! ;)
 
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