I'm currently based in Sheffield having spent several years living in Amsterdam, and before that ten years in London. I chose Sheffield because of the thriving Buddhist community in Walkley. I was given the name Sanghagita in 2014; my Buddhist name means "she whose song is of the Sangha".
I was born in New Brighton, a little Victorian sea-side town over the water from Liverpool. My love of swing and jazz came from sitting under my dad's piano in the front room while he played and sang all those lovely old songs. My dad, grandad and uncle Terry had been in a dance band together in 1950s Liverpool, and my dad continued to play and sing until the day he died.
But the writing of my own music only came recently, when I was staying in a lonely top floor room of a canal house in Amsterdam. And then came a flood of songs which I sang in squat bars and open mic sessions. I write and sing about the important things in life: connection and disconnection; love and family. My songs come from my own experience, ranging from painful family relationships to themes relating to my children to the joy of lifelong friendship. My need for connection is expressed in my relationship with my audience, in those moments when a group of strangers connect, and that is why I sing my songs.
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the EP on CD by Terry Gallagher.
2 song for rachael
3 ik hou van amsterdam
4 adventures in the ordinary
5 logical family
6 i don't want to write that song
7 first day of spring
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Early in 2014 a group of friends did a fundraiser for me so that I could go on a long Buddhist retreat. It was a skills auction and my offer was to help people to sing. I ended up with a group of people who had 'won' singing lessons with me and it turned out to be the best fun I'd had in years! People enjoyed it so much that I thought it might be a way I could earn my living, so I recently took the plunge and started to advertise. I quickly found that there are so many people who are blocked, who would love to sing but need just a bit of encouragement and guidance. It seems I can do that really well, and again and again people come to me scared and shy and leave feeling a foot taller having sung their hearts out. I love it!
I use a mixture of traditional teaching techniques, mindfulness and bodywork to help you to connect with your own sound, and with gentle support and lots of encouragement the voice emerges all of its own accord. It's a joyful process and lots of fun!
I keep the fee down because I want people to be able to afford it. And the first session is free so you can be sure you've come to the right place. Group sessions are now available too. Find out more at blueskysinging.co.uk