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FOR BOOKINGS, PLEASE CALL 01761 233517 OR EMAIL helena@helenasoftley.com

TO SEE YOUTUBE VIDEOS CLICK THE LINKS BELOW
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Spring Clean Shine No Disguise We Laughed

HELENA'S HARMONY WORKSHOPS.

Over the last couple of years I have been taking fun harmony workshops, which are now going from strength to strength.

So if you fancy having a sing sometime, just for fun, keep an eye out on my gig page for the next workshop, or better still, email me and I will add you to my workshop email list, and keep you informed of when and where they are to be held.

My workshops cover all styles of music. From European folk songs to Rock, Blues, Gospel, and songs from the charts of the last few decades. Above all, the atmosphere is informal, and the emphasis is on having fun.

All songs are taught by ear, and the aim is for everyone to leave with a smile on their face and a spring in their step!

If you think you can't sing, well, you probably can, so come and give it a go, I'd love to see you!

 

HELENA'S ARTY NEWS...

We have had huge delays with putting my card designs online, for many reasons, but this is now being adressed... I will keep you posted.. We put my Christmas designs online last year, but the full range should be here before this Christmas! See below for further information.

My CDs will also soon be available to order at special online prices.

I may not have been very busy gigging over the last couple of years (I have been recovering from illness) but I have been being creative in an arty sense! (didn't even know it was in me....)

I now have about 100 different totally original, colourful and unique pieces of collage artwork that I have turned into greetings cards. They can also be produced in any size, framed, printed onto tee-shirts, posters - who knows? The possibilities are endless....!

I cover various themes - music, love, hearts and flowers, animals, cars, houses, boats, parties, festivals, sport, fashion, beauty, specific ages, Happy Birthday, Christmas, etc, etc...
I also have many colourful, abstract and bonkers designs...

Nearly there....

Very hard to believe perhaps, but it's been nearly seven years since my stroke! Sometimes it has felt like longer to me, but in many ways, I find myself asking, "where did those years go?"

Some of you have been very supportive over this difficult time (my husband has been very ill also...) and it's lovely to know that I haven't been forgotten. Thank you.

It's been a long and frustratingly slow recovery, but I am pleased to announce that I have returned!! Gigging is coming easily again, and I am driving longer and longer distances. (still not sure about embarking on an inter-galactic tour, but I am definitely ready to rock again - but probably only in this hemisphere....!)

During this quieter time, as well as resting my body, I have rested my voice, and it is now probably the strongest and clearest it has ever been - in fact many people have told me it's better!

I am flexing my musical muscles again, and I now feel ready to advertise that I am once more available to take bookings!

And here's an idea if you fancy a smaller intimate gig - how about I come to your place? (or local hall even?)

If you fancy a private party in your lounge for an anniversary or birthday - or just because - all you have to do is invite 20 - 30 of your friends, who contribute £5 - £10 toward my fee (and bring a bottle!), and I do the rest.

Your friends can even take me home with them (well, my CD anyway!) for the special price of £5.

These are very informal and special concerts, I've done several over the years, and I really love doing them.

So give me a call on 01761 233517 if the idea appeals, or email me to get things started if you have a date in mind!

Other news below...

I have three videos on Youtube (type in Youtube Helena at The Prom - do comment please!)

If you are new to my site, you may like to know that I offer a unique birthday/wedding/anniversary present. I will record, especially for you, 3 songs of your choice which I will put onto CD with a personalised message, and CD cover. For a small extra charge I will even learn a song specially. If you are interested in a present like this, call Grinning Rat Music on 01761 233517 and we can discuss your song selection. Please give me plenty of notice!

Now some CD news...

You can now hear samples of tracks from all my available CDs and order them all by clicking HERE. Here is a description of my back catalogue for those of you who want to complete your 'Helena' collection!

'Catalyst - my last studio album, featuring the Radio Two favourite -'If You Should Go (Stay)'.
'No Disguise' my last live album features 13 of my songs, and an acapella version of 'Wild Mountain Thyme' (Will You Go Lassie Go).
'Open Space' is a collection of 12 of my songs featuring a few other musicians on some tracks.
'Retrospect' includes 18 of the best songs taken from even earlier albums and re-recorded in the early nineties (am I really that old?!)
'If You Should Go (Stay)' - Single, also featuring 'Upside Down'
'Different Time' - Single, also featuring 'Not In My Name'

The prices are -
'Feels Like Coming Home' , 'Catalyst' and 'No Disguise' - £10 each.
'Open Space' and 'Retrospect' - £8 each or both for £15
'No Disguise', 'Open Space' and 'Retrospect' - all 3 for £20
'If You Should Go (Stay)' and 'Different Time' (singles) - £2.50 each
Helena's entire back catalogue - 7 CDs - (including my latest live album 'Feels Like Coming Home') - £40

Looking forward to seeing you at a gig in your area soon.

Love, Helena

 

P.S.

MAXINE'S SONG - 'WE LAUGHED' - WRITTEN WITH BILLY BRAGG, WAS IN THE UK CHARTS FOR 5 WEEKS IN 2005 AND IN THE IRISH CHARTS IN 2006. NO MEAN ACHIEVEMENT ON LITTLE OR NO BUDGET, AND IT BROUGHT COMFORT TO MANY, AS WELL AS RAISING MONEY FOR THE CHARITY 'ROSETTA LIFE'. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY YOU CAN ORDER AT YOUR LOCAL STORE (Cooking Vinyl FRYCD252), OR DOWNLOAD FROM THE LINK BELOW. THANK YOU.

We Laughed from Amazon.co.uk click HERE

There is also a clip of the band 'Rosetta Life' performing 'We Laughed' on 'The Late, Late, Show' in Ireland. Click HERE to see it. I have also recorded a solo acoustic version of the song on my latest album.

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