Tough old time..dear friends passing ..end of a long busy choir year…sometimes the bit between feeling better and resting up is unbearable. We keep on keeping on and have to be resolute, that whether you listen or not, we will continue to release a new song every month – with the hope of developing our … More Single Of the Month – September – Melting
Would love you to have a listen and even better, give us a bit of feedback x x x
It has been suggested this is a rather fine anti-capitalist tale hold onto your hats..the end is worth the 3 minute 11 second wait all feedback gratefully received x
I am really happy that we are now about to release out July single and are still on track for releasing a single every month for the next year. if you have missed any of the songs since march , here is them all in a handy page for you to have a listen to … More SINGLE OF THE MONTH – 3 bucket jones
Every Choral Director’s Dream..having four arms! The New Term starts next week. There are spaces in both the Monday and Tuesday choir for tenors and basses. Contact me if you might be interested in joining us, or have a look at the LONDON CHOIRS page .
As I lie in a darkened room unable to move far, apart from occasionally to tears ( most teachers will understand this end of term thing, you have to be built like godzilla not to end up feeling like this at the end of term – especially if it has been quite a lot … More END OF TERM celebrations
Very excited about our next gig with the choirs -the tubthumping chorus, the old bishops -who need a new name and special guests broomdasher – a 16 piece acapella folk group with Sally Davies at the helm who runs the Cecil Sharpe Folk Choir, also 3 Bucket Jones -the trio gitika is in who performed … More Choirs on Fire – Conway Hall 28th March 2017
I am posting this as it is beautiful- and was so chuffed that the lovely Sheena Masson said yes to playing on the track. Live at Cecil Sharp House..the oh so prestigious folk venue on London.
Even though there is a lovely version of the choir singing this at Cecil Sharp House, I thought you might like to see the version that we did at St George’s in Bristol as part of the 3 Bucket Jones tour this summer with members of the Tredegar Town Band.
But somewhere in the mists of Autumn this video reminds me of the September sunsets where the whiff of summer was still in the air. We listen to the track a lot and still love it and think it may beat Robbie William’s Angels to good songs for playing at funerals…
Well the summer holiday was full of complete exhaustion from the 3 Bucket Jones tour, I bet big super musician don’t have to do all their own admin organising every thing, and we had different marvellous singers at every show then get on stage and sing. Its ok. It is a wonderful thing. Just before we are back … More Going Home
photos of the July 2016 tour … More 3 Bucket Jones
3 Bucket Jones firstname.lastname@example.org PRESS RELEASE ‘glorious sonic depths that you’ll want to explore time and time again’ – Acoustic magazine ‘they gel so well, it’s as if they have been jamming together their entire careers’ – The Musician 3 Bucket Jones – Make a Splash for Water Aid 3BJ met at a songwriting workshop at Monnow Valley … More Press Release – 3 Bucket Jones Make a Splash for Water Aid
Yes yes yes! You can order my new album and help out the creative journey and listen to a beautiful piece of work by clicking HERE NOW you will get the album on the release date and the first 20 people to order will receive a free 12’LP vinylof the same album.
So to celebrate I am posting the newest video to help the release of our second album TAKE THESE GHOSTS 8th July. Made with footage up a hill in Shropshire with glamorous walking boots, rainbow socks ( you have to watch until you see the rainbow socks) a video phone and no stylist . It was … More It’s My Birthday
So here is my contribution to the day of celebrating the struggle, and it is often one. The Tubthumpers Chorus sung a great rendition of ‘I’m Gonna be an Engineer” last term and we just got the blessing of the remarkable Peggy Seeger to post the video of our performance. The song was written in … More International Women’s Day 2016
So I am having a sabbatical from weekend workshops this year APART from this date..so its a very special one off occasion. I love Saturday workshops at the Bishopsgate Institue, and though I was curating the seasonal Saturday workshops I decided to curate it to me! We shall be covering songs from several regions of the … More Singing in Harmony -12th March 2016
My three weekly choirs are enjoying a lovely autumn term…Bishoosgate Singers going Acapella Soul and Funk, The Tubthumping Chorus doing mostly protest songs and my primary school choir loving Space Oddity. I am having a very creatively balanced time at the moment, because when you run choirs or anything where you give out a lot, … More First Video – 3 Bucket Jones
The new book is out by myself and the fantabulous Alison Burns. The book is mostly acapella songs, but there are chord symbols and several optional piano accompaniments too. One of the wonderful features of the book is the audio. When you buy the book you get a cd with 156 tracks of every individual … More COMMUNITY VOICEWORKS
Its a big day when a real Celebrity retweets one of your tweets.
The labour of love that is Community Voiceworks, that Alison Burns and I have been working on for three years is out and available to buy from many shops and online sources. 43 songs for community choirs with audio for every track! This is Val Regan (one of the composer/choral director contributors) and I celebrating its … More Community Voiceworks…Is out!
An amazing little snippet of me conducting some bits of brass I arranged for 3 Bucket Jones last week.
And so happily to celebrate the man’s birthday I get a real special treat. A Bob Dylan Track I have recorded as a 14 piece acapella group is being played tonight on a special show on Severn FM to celebrate Bob’s big day. https://www.facebook.com/Severnfm on Alex Huskisson’s show the Mystery Train. Last week he played a 3 Bucket … More Happy Birthday Bob Dylan
So it is 10 years since the Bishopsgate Singers started with 15 singers. Over the years it has peaked at 75 with a waiting list and now we are running at 40-50. fear not! we continue to sing with valiant voices and the choir seems to just be getting stronger and more lovely. Tomorrow we start our … More City of London Acapella
I am so excited. Me and Andy McCrorie-Shand wrote a song for National Sing Up Day – Called I’m Still Singing -here is a great video of them singing Girls’ College Bulawayo Senior Choir, National Sing Up Day Anthem, “I’m Still Singing”
The New term start on Monday and there are still places…check out one of the great songs we did last term! book a place by calling the Bishopsgate Institute or booking on line on their website
If you missed us on the radio playing and singing our hearts out you can listen to the podcast…it’s lovely! here is the link LIVE CROYDON RADIOPODCAST 3 BUCKET JONES
Congrats @3bucketjones we've just hit #1 most listened to show for the week currently & this is amongst some excellent shows! @CroydonRadio — J.Ross Croydon Radio (@BoundinMusic) October 19, 2014
After much sweat and almost tears the shop is now BELOW IS THE LINK ..please drop in . 3 bucket jones – the shop We open for business! It is going well…A little bit of a headache with the digital downloads at first, but slowly with a little help from my friends it is all … More 3 BUCKET JONES – THE SHOP
Its release is imminent. Right now you can listen to the whole album for free on soundcloud love gitika x
The new band is progressing well. The band has a twitter feed ( please follow us @3bucketjones) a sound cloud page, and the beginnings of a website – you can have a sneak preview of some of the tracks from the album. http://3bucketjones.com Here is the first track from the album…you can click it if you like … More 3 Bucket Jones
Long time no post! So here is a great video of two separate performances of my arrangement of Pharrell Williams’ Happy. The first sung by 350 glorious teenagers and the second by 75 wonderful Adults… dedicating this blog to Fred my lovely Dad….x x x
Another glorious day of singing at the beautiful Bishopsgate Institute, this saturday. A mixture of folk gospel , pop and world songs in a fantastically lovely space. Click on the link below to get all the details! Singing in Harmony…Saturday 9th November
I just have to share this AMAZING poster for a workshop I am running in Sheffield this weekend. It has got to be the most whizzy and gorgeous poster I have had the pleasure of having my lovely mug on…thanks people! SONG OF THE DAY – La La la Sam smith..what a voice..singing this with … More Best Singing Workshop Poster .
I am quite excited about this – the final of the five songs I have completed this month, as part of the songwriting course with the London Song Company. It is completely acapella…even did an impersonation of a bass drum, snare and high hat…the beat box workshop I went on last year with Jason Singh … More YOU STOPPED THE RAIN (ACAPELLA)
or in brackets ( now I dance with angels in the rain) I have been attending a weekly songwriting class and have been writing a recording a song a week for the last month so thought it was time I unleashed one of them on the world! Let me know if you get a chance … More THE CHOIR INVISIBLE
Its been an absolute age since I posted a blog. The monthly newsletter has sort of taken over a bit. I only send it to people who subscribe, so it means ‘ bloggin cloggin’ is a thing of the past! ( when I was posting everyday in 2011!). The sun is beckoning through the window. … More Singing in Harmony
Happy New Year! I was thinking about the new year that is upon us and how excited I am to be running THREE Community choirs in good old London Town in 2013. It is interesting how people get to join and find us. As none of the three choirs have the name ‘community choir’ in … More London Community Choirs
And a merry christmas to you too, may all your christmas dreams be big bright and beautiful x x ….
Another groovy old find from a cassette. Much earlier that the one yesterday. I am 6 my sister 5 and my brother 3. It was recorded on a reel to reel by a man who hung a microphone in the middle of our dinning room. Mum and Dad were recording a few songs to make … More The Partington Family Singers – Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Oh my! It is nostalgia time. I blame radio 6 and the chat over a ginger beer in the pub last night. I have trillions of old cassettes and found this gem….my family all singing ‘Deck the Halls’ together in the early 1970’s. I think I remember us singing it at a little concert and … More The Partington Family Singers -Deck the Halls
I am running a new choir at the Bishopsgate Institute in the new year called The Tubthumping Chorus. Singing songs that might shelter under the umbrella of “folk” is rather a good description, and means we will be singing a really WIDE selection of repertoire. The 75 strong Amazing Bishopsgate Singers will continue to ROCK … More The Tubthumping Chorus
I want you to try it. Write a song, record it, film the video, edit it and put it on youtube in 24 hours! Follow my example..It might be fun….The rules are 1. You can also only buy essentials such as tin foil, sellotape and string, 2. Everyone who is involved in the ‘behind the … More 24 hour Song and Video Challenge!
Another technical milestone has been crossed -I can get soundcloud to show up on my blog..yippee! So I am going to start having a PAGE which shares the latest song I have arranged into acapella. This will be on a heading at the top of my (ahem) website, always sounds a bit pretentious…… still. But … More Arrangement of the Week
It is the day after the Bank Holiday weekend and it is the quietest day for ages. There is no pattering rain, almost no holiday D.I Y-ing, banging, drilling across the back garden fences. My email has not pinged for over an hour. The builders in the neighbourhood must be taking a longer weekend. At … More The Changing Sounds of Summer
At the moment I don’t get many opportunities to play with a whole band and monitors and sound crews and guitar roadies ( ha ha) and all that stuff. Always of acoustic and acapella mind….. so it’s great when it happens. At the Guildhall Rock and Jazz Summer School where I was tutoring I got … More And the Band Played On…..
It has been an extraordinary month…lots of stories to tell, but not all today. What with the theatre vocal coaching, jazz and rock summer schools, gigs, singing servicemen ( Eh! Luigi! whereas my spaghetti), the glut of trombone players in my life, Olympics I do not really know where … More Wow! How Time Flies!