A day for Guernsey’s budding songwriters

The Music Sub-Committee of the Guernsey Arts Commission is holding a special, day long event, sponsored by NatWest, on Sunday October 23rd for local songwriters with professional songwriter and producer, Tim Bran.

The day long songwriting workshop and master class will give 20 local songwriters and musicians the chance to get together and craft a set of songs which will performed that evening, all the while gaining an insight into the craft from Tim Bran, and his Guernsey based song writing partners Jim Delbridge and Nick Windsor.

The day will begin at 10 with a look at approaches to songwriting from Tim, Jim and Nick followed by the participants breaking off into smaller groups to write a song with Tim, Jim and Nick offering assistance, guidance and advice on the process. The day will end with a performance of the newly written songs.

Participants are invited to bring along their own acoustic instruments to write with.

The day costs £20 including lunch, and runs from 10am until approximately 6:30pm and will take place at Blanchelande College.

If you wish to take part please email Tom Girard on [email protected] and include:

Instruments played:
Special requirements or food alergies:
Age (if under 18):

(If you are under 18 you are more than welcome to attend but we will require you to provide a signed parental consent form which can be obtained from the Guernsey Arts Commission.)

Tim Bran was born and grew up in Guernsey where he first started making music in an old bunker.

He then relocated to London where he worked at Island Records’ before touring the world as keyboard and bass player with Julian Cope.

He then formed Dreadzone with ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer, Greg Roberts signing to Creation Records, Virgin Records and Rufflife Records and having several hit singles and albums, including ‘Little Britain’ and ‘Second Light’ as well as being championed by Radio 1 legend John Peel.

Tim returned to full time production in the early 2000’s recording and releasing a solo album as Subsonar.

He now works regularly with producer (and founding member of Killing Joke) Youth with whom he has collaborated on projects by The Orb, The Charlatans, Primal Scream, The View and Paul McCartney, amongst others.

Find out more about Tim and his work on his website.

Rob Girard, Island Director, NatWest, who are sponsoring the event, said: “We are delighted to continue to help provide support to the Guernsey Arts Commission to enable the local community to participate in their chosen art interest. The song writing workshop and master class will provide local songwriters and musicians with a great opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and share experiences with the highly talented team of  Tim Bran and local song writing partners Jim Delbridge and Nick Windsor, who have worked together extensively over the years. I am sure that everyone who participates in the workshop will have a great day.”

Photo courtesy Tall Pictures.

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