Dynamic duo are creating a series of songs of Doncaster

Poet Ian Parks and musician Mick Jenkinson are creating a series of songs about Doncaster as part of new commission from Arts Council funded Right Up Our Street.

The duo are working on the project, called, Songs of Our Town, with a view to releasing an album later in the year of the songs and poems that they’ve written with the help of the local community.

Ian, from Mexborough, said: “Mick and I are so excited to be working on this project. We met a few years ago when we were both working on the Ted Hughes festival and knew that our creative styles would work well together.

“I’d been looking for someone to collaborate with for almost ten years and then along came Mick from just down the road in Balby! Together we developed this idea to create an album of songs of our town and to work with the local community to hear their stories and memories of Doncaster to weave into the songs.”

The project aims to deliver an album about different elements of the town, people and places, unsung heroes and unexplored landscapes.

“We’ve been taking the idea out and working with groups to help them to take their stories and write their own songs.

“There is a strong sense of legacy about the project. We are developing people’s writing skills in special sessions, sharing stories and creating songs,” said Mick.

Rachel Ryan, from Right Up Our Street said: “This is one of our commissioned projects and we are extremely pleased with Ian and Mick’s proposal which will culminate in an event during DNweekeND in September where the songs are all performed.

“The sessions they are holding around Doncaster are all free and there are no restrictions. They are for people off all ages who have a story to share.”

Other opportunities to work with Ian and Mick on Songs of Our Town will be:  The James Paine memorial event on June 17 at the Mansion House.

For further information about Right Up Our Street visit www.rightupourstreet.org.uk