"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA
Walmgate Memories (2006)
Oral history, songwriting, poetry and creative writing project.
Funded by Arts Action York and supported by the National Centre for Early Music.
For York City Council and Space 109.
The project’s songs and poems were performed to the backdrop of a PowerPoint presentation at the National Centre for Early Music, York, on 20th March 2006.
A DVD, CD & booklet containing 11 songs and numerous poems were produced.
“My family thinks it’s great. They didn’t think I had it in me to write poetry but this project’s shown that I can. I think it’s wonderful what you’ve done Gary, to put all of our stories into these songs. I’ve got a poem called ‘Autumn Glories’ and it’s going to be published in the New Year by The Creative Touch… all through you starting me off on that road. You’ve done a good job on me. So you see, you sow little seeds and out of little acorns comes big trees.” (Barbara Pettit)
“The project has been a great opportunity to discover other people’s hidden talents, also to talk about our experiences during the War. The music has been an inspiration too and Gary has worked very hard to make it a success.” (Betty Macdonald, Age 90)
“The project has been very enjoyable and we have learnt such a lot. I really have enjoyed my Wednesday afternoons. Thank you Gary.” (Mary Bennison)
“I think it’s a great idea to bring people together and share their ideas about the past… what we’ve done is going to help the younger generation.” (David Livingstone)
“I have enjoyed these weekly sessions, the most positive thing I found was the interesting memories my neighbours shared: I look at them all in a new light now.” (Retta Jerram)