Past Events...

Valentines Day Performance

Friday 14th Feb 2020      7pm till 12 midnight

The Globe, Hay on Wye

I am looking forward to playing a double bill alongside Glastonbury friends Nathan Williams and the incredible force of Jenny Bliss.  Expect a beautiful, cosy night of high-quality acoustic music from some spectacular and heart-felt musicians. 

Winter Solstice Medicine Songs Workshop & Song Ceremony

Sunday 22nd December 2019     2pm till 6pm

Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG

Back in September I held a Medicine Songs Workshop in Hebden Bridge, and those who came along were very enthusiastic for me to come back and do another one again soon, so here I come!  I will teach some more songs and together we will explore music as an important part of creating ceremony and ritual.  Places will be limited to keep the circle small and focused, so do book in advance if you definitely want to come.  You are welcome to bring musical instruments, especially a drum or rattle or guitar.   Also a pen and paper could come in handy, and especially BRING SOMETHING TO SIT ON. 

Tickets are available here:   https://solsticehebdenbridge2019.bpt.me

Winter Solstice Tree Planting Ceremony & Celebration in Hebden Bridge
Sat 21st December 2019     
6:30pm till 11pm

Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG

 



This amazing tree-planting initiative is hosted and organised by Fellowship Of The Trees in collaboration with Earth Star CIC and Bright Sky Community's TREEgeneration project.

Tickets for the evening event at which I will play music are available here:

https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org/events/5105-north-winter-solstice-tree-planting-ceremony-celebration

There is a facebook event page if you would like to know more:


www.facebook.com/events/2830369976995808

I will be headed back to Hebden Bridge this coming Winter Solstice to play music at a wonderful tree-planting event!  During the day we will gather to plant trees at Harley Wood Gate in Todmorden, a hot and wholesome lunch will be provided, and then in the evening we will gather at the Birchcliffe Centre for music and celebrations!  Those who choose to come and plant trees are offered free entry to the evening event in Hebden Bridge as a thank you for your support.

Medicine Songs Workshop and Song Ceremony in Bristol
Sat 30th November, 2019

356 Fishponds Road, Bristol

Medicine Songs Workshop   |   2pm - 5pm   |   £20 / £15

Song Ceremony   |   7:30pm - 10:30pm   |   £15 / £10

For as long as I can remember, music has always been medicine for me. Music gives me a tangible way to relate to my inner world of emotion, feeling and imagination. In this way I would say that music is my first language.


Over the years I have been increasingly inspired by the simple ways in which music and song can communicate with the unseen world of spirit, to contact the world of the ancestors, invoke the power of the elementals, and offer our prayers of thanksgiving to the great mystery of life. In my experience, music and song as a vehicle for these spiritual practices is best learned and held in a ritual space, to keep the intention strong and the focus clear. More and more these days I feel called to practice holding a space like this for myself, and also for other people. If this feels like something which speaks to you, then this "workshop" could very well bring a lot of inspiration to you.

Please feel welcome to bring your medicine drum, rattle or guitar if you play, otherwise your voice will be plenty, for in truth that is all we really need. A pen and paper could also come in hand, and a water a full bottle of water to see you through the day.

After the workshop in the evening I will hold a Song Ceremony, putting into practice some of the songs we will have explored during the day. For sure, there will be people who will come to the Evening Song Ceremony who will not have been with us during the workshop, so those of you who choose to come to both will in a way be helping to hold the Song Ceremony with me.

The workshop is from 2pm till 5pm
The song ceremony is from 7:30pm till 10:30pm

If you plan to come to both the workshop and song ceremony, you are invited to bring some food to share between 5pm and 7pm. It is likely we will do this as a proper blessing together, as the whole day will be focused on prayer.


*** PLEASE BRING SOMETHING TO SIT ON - Sheepskins, back-rest chairs, cushions etc...

*** AND A BOTTLE OF WATER as there will not be any tea or drinks available.

Tickets for the Workshop are £20 or £15 concession
Tickets for the Song Ceremony are £15 or £10 concession


Tickets are available here:  https://medicinesongsbristol30nov.bpt.me

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/701817626966996

Medicine Songs Workshop and Song Ceremony in Totnes
Sat 23rd November, 2019

The Angel Gallery, South Street, Totnes TQ9 5DZ

Medicine Songs Workshop   |   2pm - 5pm   |   £20 / £15

Song Ceremony   |   7:30pm - 10:30pm   |   £15 / £10

For as long as I can remember, music has always been medicine for me.  Music gives me a tangible way to relate to my inner world of emotion, feeling and imagination. In this way I would say that music is my first language.

Over the years I have been increasingly inspired by the simple ways in which music and song can communicate with the unseen world of spirit, to contact the world of the ancestors, invoke the power of the elementals, and offer our prayers of thanksgiving to the great mystery of life.  In my experience, music and song as a vehicle for these spiritual practices is best learned and held in a ritual space, to keep the intention strong and the focus clear.  More and more these days I feel called to practice holding a space like this for myself, and also for other people.  If this feels like something which speaks to you, then this "workshop" could very well bring a lot of inspiration to you.

 

Please feel welcome to bring your medicine drum, rattle or guitar if you play, otherwise your voice will be plenty, for in truth that is all we really need. Also, a pen and paper could come in handy.


After the workshop in the evening I will hold a Song Ceremony, putting into practice some of the songs we will have explored during the day.  For sure, there will be people who will come to the Evening Song Ceremony who will not have been with us during the workshop, so those of you who choose to come to both will in a way be helping to hold the Song Ceremony with me.

*** PLEASE BRING SOMETHING TO SIT ON *** back-rest chairs, sheepskins, cushions etc...

T
he Workshop is from 2pm till 5pm
The Song Ceremony is from 7:30pm till 10:30pm

If you plan to come to both the workshop and song ceremony, you are invited to bring some food to share between 5pm and 7pm. It is likely we will do this as a proper blessing together, as the whole day will be focused on prayer.

Tickets for the Workshop are £20 or £15 concession

Tickets for the Song Ceremony are £15 or £10 concession
 

Advance tickets available from:  https://angelgallerynov2019.bpt.me

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/656398251433741

An Evening of Music at Bowden House
Friday 22nd November, 2019

Bowden House Community

Green Lane, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7PW

£15 / £10

Hosted by the wonderful Joy Prater, I am feeling very excited to play music in the spectacular Angel Hall of Bowden House Community.  Having spent time at Bowden House over the years with the Prater family and others living there, I am familiar with the beautiful gardens and warm atmosphere of this lovely community, and I very much look forward to going back to share in an evening of song.  

                                     We will light the fire, sing and be cosy, and I will share some of my songs and instrumental guitar music, as well as some medicine songs I have collected on my travels.

There will be a simple cafe of cake and tea, including gluten and dairy-free options.

I dedicate this evening to the spirit of community and a prayer for the Living Earth to warm your hearts as we head into Winter.  Simple and true.

Advance tickets available from:  https://michaelstantonbowdenhouse2019.bpt.me

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/447358815878104

Brighton Song Ceremony
Wednesday 6th November, 2019

Private Venue in Brighton

£10 Suggested Donation

I will be kindly hosted by Tom and Biz in their beautiful studio apartment close to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton where I will lead a warm ceremony of heartfelt medicine music to bring us together in song and prayer.

Spaces will be limited, so please let me or Biz know if you plan to come and we will send you the address. We will collect donations, you can choose how much you would like to give.

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/2286432618151049

Transfigured Night

Sat 5th October, 2019     6pm - Midnight

Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes,

Rattery, Devon, TQ10 9LD

 

£10 - £20 Door / £8 - £10 Advance

Under 15's Free

I am very glad to be invited to take part in this beautiful evening of medicine songs and devotional singing in Rattery Village Hall, near Totnes in South Devon.  This event is a grand collaboration of kindred musical souls including Adrian Freedman, Ayla Schafer,  Elahn Keshvara, Susie Ro Prater,  David Oliver  and  Helen Knight.

Together we will lead a song ceremony which draws influences from various medicine and devotional singing traditions of the world, as well as original material, instrumental movements and journeys into sound and silence.  This is less a performance and more of a singing circle where we invite everyone to join our voices together in song.  The song ceremony will continue uninterrupted in the main space for the whole time, but you are welcome to come and go from the chai cafe which will be serving delicious organic hot food, raw cakes, chocolate, chai and tea.  There will be plenty of space to dance around the edge of the circle should you wish, as well as a separate quiet space for children to rest.  Please bring sheepskins and cushions to sit on, and feel free to bring bedding for any children who may want to sleep.

For more information, please contact Sarah on  sarahjoanneparker@googlemail.com

Facebook event page:  www.facebook.com/events/409020183044450

Musical Reflections at Autumn Equinox

 Guitar and Piano Music with Michael Stanton 

Friday 20th Septemper, 2019     8pm - 10:30pm

£15 / £12 / £10

Saint Stephen's Church 

Saint Stephen's Street

Bristol

BS1 1EQ

have never before been offered in public. I will also play and sing some songs with my guitar, all at the poignant time of Autumn Equinox, a time of balance of day and night.

My hope is for the music I share to complement the season, bringing an opportunity to reflect on the long summer days and contemplate the move into greater stillness as we head into autumn.  For me, autumn is a time when nature expresses her wisdom, a kind of bitter-sweet moment where we say goodbye to the summer and we can feel the winds of change begin to reveal the hidden secrets of winter...  There is an underlying quality of reflection in which we touch something deeply heartfelt, where the changing season speaks to each one of us in solitary silent whispers, inviting us to go deeper and listen closer to the timeless wisdom of the earth.  Autumn holds a unique beauty, intimately acquainted with undertones of melancholy, the final symphony of summer, a very personal, intimate time of great gratitude.

There will be a small cafe of tea and healthy treats.

Tickets available in advance until 5pm on the day of the show at:

https://autumnequinox2019.brownpapertickets.com

After which there may be tickets available on the door.

Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/612250885930927

After a long spring and summer of very few live shows, I finally feel called to share some music with you, this time back in the splendid 14th century hall of Saint Stephen's Church, an old favourite of mine which I have been waiting to revisit for some time now.  In my time away I have found inspiration playing the piano, and am especially inspired to share some compositions on a beautiful baby-grand piano, pieces which are quite personal to me, musical sentiments which have

Medicine Songs Workshop in Hebden Bridge
Sun 15th September, 2019

1pm - 4pm

£15 / £10

RSVP Francis 07749418640

It was exactly a year ago that I was last in Hebden Bridge, and I am very much looking forward to being back there!  I will offer a house concert and then a workshop teaching some medicine songs and explaining a bit about the origin of the songs and the translations of the words.  You are encouraged to bring a guitar or drum, otherwise just your voice will be fine.  A pen and a notebook will likely be useful too.

Advance tickets sales end at 12pm on the day of the event, after which there may be some tickets left on the door. Please message me or contact Francis on 07749418640 for more information.
 

Advance tickets available from:  https://medicinesongshebdenbridge.bpt.me

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/343748069840829

House Concert in Hebden Bridge
Sat 14th September, 2019

6:30pm till late

Entry by Donation, suggested donation £10

RSVP Francis 07749418640

Once again we are all lucky to be hosted at this special place in Hebden Bridge.  Expect hot curry and rice and a hot cacao beverage, followed by music and then a hot tub, all included in the price!  Please give generously to the cause :)

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/583118265833241

House Concert in Manchester

Friday 13th September,2019

​7pm - 11pm

£15

*Address will be emailed to ticket holders*

 

Tickets: PayPal mrkayshunlee@hotmail.com
 

Limited Availability!

I am excited to be hosted by Damian and the gang at Music as Medicine in Manchester.  I couldn't have said it better myself.  Music IS Medicine!  I am looking forward to meeting the kind of people who are drawn to an event with this name, and also

also to meet Andrew Mucha whom I will share the night in offering music. 

There will be a scrummy vegan soup up for grabs too!  See you soon Manchester!

Live performance in Nottingham

Thursday 12th September, 2019

8:00pm

£8 / £5

Espresso Gallery

568 Woodborough Road

NG3 5FH

www.espresso-gallery.com

An evening of live acoustic music from yours truly in the quaint little cafe known as Espresso Gallery. 

They have regular events at the cafe during which food and drink is available.

Foot To Earth Dance Camp
Weds 4th to Sun 8th September, 2019

High Heathercombe Centre, Dartmoor, Devon

Foot to Earth is a celebration of our living bodies in touch with the living earth.  Inspired by Denise Rowe's love for the Dartmoor wilderness, Zimbabwean culture, Pan-African dance, mbira music and the spirit of community, this dance camp is an especially intimate family gathering.  Expect people of all ages at this small yet beautiful retreat, with good food, amazing dance teachers, fire side song sessions, yoga in the morning, performances and musical sharings from Ombiviolum and friends, and an "all night" mbira ceremony...  This will be my 8th year at Foot to Earth, and I am more excited than ever!

www.earthdances.co.uk/foot-to-earth

Transfigured Night

Sat 18th May, 2019     6pm - 3am

 

Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes,

Rattery, Devon, TQ10 9LD

 

£10 - £20 Door / £8 - £10 Advance

(Sliding scale, all proceeds go

to charity, see below...)

 

Under 15's Free

'Transfigured Night'

A Journey into the Still Centre of the Heart

Pollen Tribe warmly welcome you to a journey into sound and stillness, with 8 great musicians holding a special community ceremony of Circle Singing, Devotional Chants, Medicine Songs, and Meditation Music. 

Adrian Freedman

Susie Ro Prater 

Michael Stanton

Helen Knight

Elahn Keshava

Green T

Beth Bee Love

David Oliver

Refreshments available from the Cocoon Cafe, serving Chai, Teas, Chocolate & Nourishing Food

Family Friendly Space - There is a separate room for kids to chill out / sleep in - Feel free to bring bedding & cosy bits

 

6pm - Door & Cafe Opens - Veg Stew/ Dal & Rice available throughout the night

7pm - Circle Songs pt. 1

8.30pm - Ensemble Performances

9.30pm - Circle Songs pt. 2

11.30pm - Midnight - Stillness Meditation with Shakuhachi Flute

Midnight until Dawn - Sound Journey

Any profits raised from this event will be donated to Survival International & Rewilding Britain

https://www.facebook.com/survival
https://survivalinternational.org
https://www.facebook.com/rewildingbritain
https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk

Please note - This is an Alcohol Free Event

 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/421797231968369

Heaven On Earth Retreat - with Erika Tourell

Fri 10th - Sun 12th May, 2019

Sharpham House, Sharpham, nr Totnes, Devon

This will be just beautiful.  For those of you who haven't been to Sharpham Estate, you are in for a real treat!  It is simply one of the most beautiful places I have been in England, and in May, well... it is just incredible.  The house is an exquisite gem with one of the most outrageous staircases I have ever seen, which is set in 550 acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Over looking the River Dart with majestic woodland all around, the gardens were landscaped by the famous Lancelot "Capability" Brown, a rare treasure one can happily get lost in for an entire weekend.  This retreat is about embracing the majesty of the English countryside in the perfect month of May.  Erika will lead yoga classes to relax, ground and open our bodies to receive the healing energy of the land, and I'll do my best to help us all to deepen our connection with the spirits of nature through opening our voices in song and ritual.

 

You will also have a chance to receive deep-tissue massage

from Joseph Rose, and Shiatsu Therapy from Alix Thorpe.
 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1933919396705419

"The Canoe" album launch with Carrie Tree

Thursday 9th May, 2019

7:30pm

The Greenbank Pub, Greenbank Road, Easton, Bristol

I am really looking forward to sharing some songs alongside old friends Carrie Tree, Algy Behrens and Omer Makessa at this night in my home neighbourhood.  This will be really special.  My first gig of the year after a break, recollecting and renewing myself. 

What a beautiful way to return.

Organised and hosted by Green of Pollen Tribe and Avalon Roots.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/372191543369856

Fellow Ship in Frome at Winter Solstice

Sat 22nd December, 2018     7:30pm - 11pm

£15 / £10

The Barn, 11 Keyford, Frome, BA11 1JF

Matthew Birch, James Watts and Michael Stanton are three good buddies with a splendid musical rapport. We play an eclectic mix of styles from around the world on an impressive range of musical instruments! Expect celtic tunes played on Zimbabwean mbira, Armenian dances alongside Andean folk melodies, and a healthy dose of improvisation.

This event will be a cozy intimate affair with a Solstice fire and tea, cake and healthy raw vegan treats provided by Roar Cafe! (www.roarcafe.co.uk) It will also be completely acoustic with no amplification. You may want to bring a cushion or back-rest chair as we will be sitting on the floor.

£15 / £10 - you can buy advance tickets here:

https://fellowshipsolsticefrome.bpt.me

 

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating friendship and music together!


**** IMPORTANT DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE ****

The address is 11 Keyford, Frome, BA11 1JF, but the entrance to The Barn is round the back of the house which is accessible via a driveway just round the corner on Woodland Road. So if you have your back to the front door, turn left and then immediately left down Woodlands Road. The first driveway on left has large wooden gate with sign on white wall saying 'Metchley Yard.' Come through the gate and we are through another gate on your left.

So, in essence, all the lefts! See you there!

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/2205604549651175

Sacred Song Ceremony in Bristol

Sat 15th December, 2018     7:30pm - 11:30pm

£15 / £10 suggested donation

Space 238, 238 Stapleton Road, Bristol, BS5 0NT

I feel there is a growing need for ceremony in our lives. A need to remember how to pray together. To support one another as a community. And I feel increasingly called to step into a role of holding a ritual space in which we can connect to an ancient memory through prayer, song and presence.


I had originally intended to hold this song ceremony in a natural-build space on the edge of St Werburghs allotments with a fire outside, but since then I've had to change the date and venue which means that unfortunately we will no longer have a fire ceremony, but we will have a beautiful yoga space to do a prayer and song ceremony.  We will be sitting on the floor, so please bring cushions and sheepskins to sit on.

I look forward to sharing something special with you, where we can journey into presence together with open hearts. An opportunity to beckon a little closer a feeling of love for the living spirit within all things... Lay ourselves down before the great mystery in gratitude for our lives, and ask for help in these turbulent times...

The ceremony will have a form which needs everyone to start and finish together, so please try to arrive on time and not after 8pm.

£10 suggested donation. 
For advance tickets: https://bpt.me/3907238


Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/339638103477867

"The Children's Fire"  Book-launch in Bristol

Monday 10th December, 2018     6:30pm - 9:00pm

£10  /  £7  /  £5

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Mac Macartney is quite simply one of a kind.  The closest I have met to a true indigenous elder of native England.  When Mac speaks, the heart has to listen.  Even a heart numbed by the demented drone of our sleeping culture cannot resist the stirring of ancient spirit which resounds within the tone of Mac's living story.

If there is one thing you do before you die - Listen to this man speak.

I cannot acclaim much bolder than that...

 

Joining Mac are Tommy Crawford and Nigel Shaw who will help bring the narrative to life with their exquisite poetry and flute music, and I will open the night with some music too.  I feel this night will be very special.

For advance tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e...

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/265624877637801

Song Ceremony in Notting Hill

Weds 5th December, 2018     7pm - 10pm

Private Residence in Notting Hill

£20   (£15 / £10 concessions)

I will be back in London for a winter song ceremony -  a space wherein we can drop out of the bustle of busy city life and relax into that timeless place where we can meet one another in the spirit of prayer and song.  

 

Some songs I share are my own original compositions and instrumental guitar pieces, others are traditional and modern Medicine Songs which pay resect and gratitude to the Great Spirit and our Earth Mother for the extraordinary gift of life. 

This evening will be held as a ceremony, so PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME to not disturb the sensitive atmosphere once we begin. Thank you.

 

Entry includes delicious hand-made vegan treats and spicy chai!

Please contact Erika for bookings on erikatourellyoga@gmail.com or visit the facebook event page.

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/983515528500145

Yoga and Music Medicine with Erika Tourell

Mon 3rd December, 2018     7pm - 9pm

Westbourne Grove Church, London, W11 2RW

£25   (£20 / £15 concessions)

I feel excited and privileged to support the remarkable work of Erika Tourell, who's life-long dedication and love for yoga is a rare gift to the world.  Erika has a deep and profound intuition that is evident in the way she guides people through the practice of yoga.  Her presence and natural confidence reflect her many years of experience with a feminine strength that holds a very down-to-earth space and a clear sense of direction.  Erika's work is a truly exquisite offering...

And Erika has a love for my heart song, which I will share during a restorative yoga session that will finish with a music led yoga nidra.

"Step into the Sacred Space of Westbourne Grove Church for two hours of deep self care, nourishment and relaxation. 

Please bring a mat if you have one as well as a blanket / shawl and maybe a cushion / pillow to keep yourself warm and cosy in your posture work to release deep seated stress and tension. You will be expertly guided through some gentle movement and held postures before relaxing into yoga nidra - complete rest for the body whilst we float into a dreamy reverie caressed by the sounds of Mike's magical music.

There will be some delicious home-made vegan treats to snack on at the end to help bring you back down to earth."

Please contact erikatourellyoga@gmail.com to book your space.

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/983515528500145

Art by Jane Newland.

An Evening Of Medicine Songs in Forest Row

Sat 24th November, 2018     7:30pm - 11:30pm

£15 / £10 donation

Private residence in Forest Row  -  RSVP Matthew  07501592980

Walking this path of sacred song is an ever unfolding prayer, and I am very grateful for this invitation to share these songs of my heart at a beautiful private residence in Forest Row.  Some are my own original songs and instrumental guitar pieces, others are traditional and modern Medicine Songs which pay resect and gratitude to the great spirit and our Earth Mother.  I hope to create a beautiful opportunity to breathe in an air of ceremony where we can sing and pray together.

The address of the venue will be sent to those who buy tickets in advance, or if you intend to come, please contact Matthew and he will send you the address. Held in a beautiful private residence in Forest Row.  You will receive the address when you buy a ticket or message Matthew on 07501592980 to let him know you are coming and he will send you the address.


Tickets available here: https://medicinesongsforestrow.bpt.me

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/2224385284299445

Tobacco Medicine Teachings  -  Forest Row

Sat 24th November, 2018     2pm - 5:30pm

£15 / £10 suggested donation - donations are not compulsory

Private residence in Forest Row  -  RSVP Matthew  07501592980

After many years of using Tobacco in many forms and in many traditional rituals, I have come to realise there is a great need to share true knowledge of this sacred plant medicine.  We suffer from an obscene cultural misunderstanding of the true power of Tobacco.  This misuse has led to much harm and I feel called to do what I can to help people create a healthy relationship with Tobacco.  I will share stories, experiences and teachings as well as songs and prayers all dedicated to the sacred use of Tobacco. 

Tobacco is one of the most powerful plants there is. The power it has to harm is equal to the power it has to heal. It all comes down to the way we choose to relate to it.

IMPORTANT - It is not necessary to consume Tobacco in any form in order to attend this ceremony / workshop.


Held in a beautiful private residence in FOREST ROW, you will receive the address when you buy a ticket. If you intend to come there may also be some tickets available on the door, but please message Matthew on 07501592980 to let him know you are coming and he will send you the address.


You can buy tickets here: https://bpt.me/3822012
 


Later in the evening I will also hold an evening of Medicine Songs.  You can read more about this above.


We Invite those who would like to come to both events to share dinner together in the few hours in between from 5:30 to 7:30pm. We will make a big pot of soup and ask you to bring something to share, pot luck style!

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1156097574556089

Ombiviolum - Enter The Circle

Ceremonial Dance Journey

Friday 9th November 2018,  7:30pm

St Laurence Parish Church, STROUD

 

Ombiviolum invite you to 'Enter The Circle' in a ceremonial dance journey,.  A meeting of cultures through song, dance and spirit, an opportunity to allow the power of music and dance to remind us we are all equal in this great mystery of life.

We sincerely hope you can join us for this unique and rare occasion in such a beautiful church at the heart of Stroud - home to the Stroud Sacred Music Festival.

Denise Rowe - Dance, Mbira, Vocals, Percussion
Kennedy Chinyere - Mbira, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Allan Kerr - Mbira, Percussion, Vocals
Bella Lilley - Vocals, Percussion
Alfie Weedon - Double Bass, Percussion, Vocals
James Watts - Winds, Mbira, Vocals
Ailsa Mair Hughes - Cello, Vocals
Michael Stanton - Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/2224385284299445

Ombiviolum - Enter The Circle

Wednesday 7th November 2018,  7:30pm

The House, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

www.facebook.com/events/210259463673638

 

Ombiviolum invite you to "Enter The Circle".  This new offering is the result of second phase of funding from Arts Council which was awarded earlier this year.  "An inner and outer journey into tender places of the human heart, this new offering seeks the healing of ancestral wounds through movement, sound, ceremony and celebration."

Samhain Song Ceremony in Frome

Sat 3rd November, 2018

The Barn, 11 Keyford, FROME  BA11 1JF

£10 suggested donation

 

After many many moons of waiting for the right time to come to Frome to hold a song ceremony, it seems the time has come. An outpouring of love to nature as we embrace the mystical time of Autumn. A time to breathe in the wisdom of the earth as she turns from fruit to spirit, a beckoning to enter the star-filled darkness and let go into the timeless stillness of winter, wherein we find ourselves in the vestry of the Ancestors, an open door to the world of spirit. 


At Samhain we have a special opportunity to honour what came before us. To remember those who helped shape who we are today, without whom we wouldn't exist... A time to reflect and feel grateful for the eternal life flowing throughout the infinite heart of the great mystery... The place of our true home, the place from where we came, the place to where we shall return. Giving thanks for this extraordinary gift of the incredible life. Life everlasting...

You are invited to help create a small ceremony for Samhain, to really become present with each other for an evening in prayer and song.

Please consider bringing something that connects you to or represents your Ancestors to put on the altar. Photographs of loved ones who have passed are especially welcome.

You may want to bring a cushion or back-rest chair as we will be sitting on the floor, and due to the size of the space numbers will be limited to 25 or 30.

If you want to buy tickets in advance to ensure a place, you can buy tickets here: 

https://samhainsongceremonyfrome2018.bpt.me

Thank you for supporting my work. I sincerely appreciate it.

 Ancestral Spirit Retreat

Fri 26th - Sun 28th October, 2018

Eden Rise, South Devon

 

Weekend yoga and meditation retreat with Fay Rosamond,

Christopher Gladwell, Judith Puckmayr and Hannah Cowsill.


As we approach Samhain and move into the dark phase of the year, we are invited to turn within to connect with the Spirit through a meeting of Yoga, Meditation, Music, Song, Sauna, and Vegan Food in the South Devon countryside...  Relax, Rejuvenate and welcome the winter...

More information:   www.labyrinthearts.com/spirit-retreats

Slow Deep Vinyasa Flow and Sound Immersion with Fay Rosamond

Wild & Well Festival, M-Shed, Bristol
Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

5:00pm

Fay will be holding the final yoga session of the weekend at Bristol's Wild & Well festival, and I will accompany her to create a full sound immersion to accompany the flow...

www.wildandwell.org

House Concert in Hebden Bridge
Sat 15th September, 2018

6:30pm till late

Entry by Donation, RSVP Francis 07749418640

After hearing so much about the thriving scene in Hebden Bridge, I am pleased and excited to receive an invitation to share music at a popular regular event called Heavenly Hangouts.  Expect yummy vegan curry, cacao elixir and hot tub!  Francis, our Heavenly Host, offers his home for people to stay over night with a trip to the local woodland the next day.  This really will be very special!  

Foot To Earth Dance Camp
Weds 5th to Sun 9th September, 2018

High Heathercombe Centre, Dartmoor, Devon

Foot to Earth is a celebration of our living bodies in touch with the living earth.  Inspired by Denise Rowe's love for the Dartmoor wilderness, Zimbabwean culture, Pan-African dance, mbira music and the spirit of community, this dance camp is an especially intimate family gathering.  Expect people of all ages at this small yet beautiful retreat, with good food, amazing dance teachers, fire side song sessions, yoga in the morning, performances from Ombiviolum and an "all night" mbira ceremony...  After 7 years at Foot to Earth, my heart never fails to warmed and nourished...

www.earthdances.co.uk/foot-to-earth

House Concert in London
Weds 29th August, 2018

Notting Hill, West London

A wonderful invitation to play an intimate house concert at a private house in Notting Hill.  An opportunity to share my instrumental guitar pieces and heart songs in the comfort of a living room.  For more info, email me on michaelstantonbristol@yahoo.co.uk or visit the facebook event page:


www.facebook.com/events/224733271529873

Vela Souls Retreat - The Present
Mon 20th - Sun 26th August, 2018

The Quadrangle, Kent

This will be my first time working along side Yana Seidl and Nyaniso Dzedze, two bright souls I met a few years back at Tribe Of Doris.  "Guiding men and women to deeper alignment with themselves and each other", Vela Souls is born of the passion to help people "sharpen how they show up in the world" through authentic relating, emotional therapy, yoga, dance, song and ritual work.  I am very pleased to be joined by my good friend Matthew Birch who will help me provide a musical dimension to their forthcoming retreat with guitars, drums, flutes, mbira, hand-pan (hang), and voice.


www.velasouls.com

Tribe Of Doris

Weds 8th - Sun 12th August, 2018

Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH

 

Another family favourite, I grew up with Tribe Of Doris.  An AMAZING intercultural Summer School of Song, Dance, Drumming, Parties, Performances and fantastic community spirited awesomeness!  Everything from African Drumming, Dancing, Balaphon, Mbira to Afro-Latin Song and Dance, Flamenco, Sufi Whirling, Capoeira, Celtic Song and so much more...

 

I will be holding Afro-Celt music-making workshops alongside Allan Kerr and James Watts, and performing with Ombiviolum.

www.tribeofdoris.co.uk

Buddhafield Festival   

Weds 18th - Sun 22nd July, 2018

Blackdown Hills, Somerset.

Once again the time has come for the awesome Buddhafield Festival!  A beautiful drug and alcohol-free festival full of fantastic music and workshops.  Great for all the family. 

 

This will be my 11th consecutive year playing at Buddhafield.  This year I will play 2 solo sets of my original material.  See you there!

www.buddhafield.com

Summer Song and Fire Ceremony

Friday 13th July, 2018

St Anne's Church, St Leonard's Rd, Bristol BS5 6JN

 

A time to gather, this time round a fire in a beautiful little church yard in Easton. Like the previous Song Ceremonies, I will guide simple songs for us to join our hearts in prayerful meditation, giving thanks for the living earth and the gift of life.

You may want to bring a blanket or a cushion to sit on.

If it rains we will take shelter and continue in the Church Hall.

Donations kindly received for the cost of hiring the space and firewood.

Stroud Sacred Music Festival  -  St Lawrence Church, Stroud

Saturday 7th July, 2018

Tickets by Donation (£10-£15 recommended)

 

I will lead a singing circle of Medicine Songs in the Old Town Hall opposite St Lawrence Church in Stroud.  After that I will hold a small fire ceremony, sing some traditional Native American songs and tell some stories in a Tipi in the church garden.  Then in the evening I will play with Faeland in the Church.  Three gigs, one day, definitely must be a festival!

 

Singing Circle - 12:30pm

Story Telling - 3pm

Faeland - Time TBC...

www.sacredmusicfestival.org.uk

James Frost and Jubilation! Choir

Ashburton Arts Centre

Friday 29th June, 2018

7pm - 10pm

£10 / £8


James Frost recently asked me to help him produce his forthcoming album, and after our first week in the recording studio James and I will play as a quartet alongside Alfie Weedon on Double-Bass and Arjun Magee on Drum kit.  This will be a unique performance with 24-piece Jubilation! Choir led by Fran Andre.  Expect super soulful blend of folk, country and gospel in an incredible Georgian-style church.
 

We will also share tea made of Motherwort, one of my favourite native herbs which I grow in my garden and use a lot through the Summer time.  Somewhat an ally of mine, Motherwort is a heart herb with which I have a very special connection, and I feel glad to invite her to be a part of this ceremony.

 

There is a suggested donation of £10.  It feels good for me to receive financial support for this work, to cover my expenses and feel honoured for the time it takes to organise and hold a gathering like this. 

However, please feel free to give what feels right for you.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

 

Due to the size of the space, numbers will be limited to around 30, so if you would like to buy a ticket in advance to secure a place you can buy one here: https://summersongceremony.bpt.me

 

The gathering will be held in a yoga studio which has yoga mats and a few cushions and bolsters, but please bring something to sit on for extra comfort.   A sheepskin, cushion or back-rest chair would be perfect.

 

I hope very much that you can join me for this special occasion. I am looking forward to it very much!

Yoga Fleur, 356 Fishponds Road, BS5 6RB Bristol

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1967053826660491

Summer Song Ceremony and Motherwort Blessing

Yoga Fleur, Bristol

Friday 15th June, 2018

7:30pm - 11:30pm

£10 suggested donation


Over the years I have gathered a wealth of precious medicine songs which have emerged during times of deep connection with nature as well rituals and ceremonies from various indigenous traditions.  My intention is to hold a space where we can sing and pray together guided by simple heart songs, and invite the possibility of being in touch with a place wherein we can share the mystery of our being.  Know there is no pressure to sing or speak if you don't feel to - your presence is participation enough and you are very welcome even if you would prefer to just listen and receive the medicine of being held in a ritual space. It really is so beautiful to feel songs and prayers offered with such sincerity.
 

Susie Ro - "Song Of A Thousand Leaves" Album Launch Tour 2018

To celebrate the release of Susie's Debut Solo Album we have formed a band and are going on tour!  I will be supporting with a solo set in Forest Row and playing with my trio "Fellow Ship" alongside my brothers in rhyme James Watts and Matthew Bailey in Totnes and Frome.

Here are links to each Facebook Event:

Glastonbury:   www.facebook.com/events/164596277591840


Totnes:   www.facebook.com/events/2049330445303757
 

Whitchurch, Hants: www.facebook.com/events/152185052116975
 

London:   www.facebook.com/events/2085890245016551
 

Frome:   www.facebook.com/events/437954119957635
 

Stroud:   www.facebook.com/events/426809264407878
 

Lewes:   www.facebook.com/events/1269814133149744

Spring Song Ceremony and Birch Blessing  -  Yoga Fleur, Bristol

Friday 20th April, 2018

7:30pm - 11:30pm

£10 suggested donation

More and more these days I see the need to take a moment to drop out of the busyness and fragmentation of modern life, into a space where we can dream, pray and sing together and connect to the deeper rhythms of the Living Earth, and I feel inspired at this time to create a ceremonial singing circle as we emerge into Spring!  

I will make a spring tonic from Silver Birch which we can all share to connect with the feeling of renewal which is so present in this season.  It is also my wish that we can all engage in the ceremony through singing together, and I intend to lead songs which can encourage you to sing along.

Please bring a cushion to sit on. Due to the size of the space, numbers will be limited to 30.

I hope you can join me in this sincere prayer of gratitude for the beauty of this life, the living Earth, the Great Spirit and All of Our Relations.

Yoga Fleur, 356 Fishponds Road, BS5 6RB Bristol

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/351825031972867

Ombiviolum - Enter The Circle  -  Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University

Weds 18th April, 2018

7:30pm - 9:30pm

£10

 

Ombiviolum have been granted a bid by the Arts Council to create a new offering we are calling "Enter The Circle". 

Led by Denise Rowe, the piece will be a powerful journey through music, dance and spoken word which seeks to heal ancestral wounds through ceremony and celebration. 

Enter The Circle emerges after a "fallow year" for Ombiviolum and we are excited to see what this new

phase will bring.  We hope you can make it to the first showing on Weds 18th April in Bath. 

You can buy tickets here: bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/ombiviolum

Denise Rowe  -  Dance and Movement Artist, Spoken Word, Mbira, Percussion
Kennedy Chinyere  - Mbira, Vocals, Purcussion
Allan Kerr  -  Mbira, Percussion, Vocals
Bella Lilley  -  Vocals, Percussion 
James Watts  -  Winds, Mbira, Vocals
Ailsa Mair Hughes  -  Cello, Vocals
Michael Stanton  -  Guitar, Piano, Vocals 
Alfie Weedon  -  Double Bass, Purcussion, Vocals

Yoga Fleur, 356 Fishponds Road, BS5 6RB Bristol

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/159625051389823

Medicine Songs - An Evening of Live Music and Cacao  -  Yoga Fleur, Bristol

Friday 2nd March, 2018

7pm - 11pm

£15

Hosted by Tristan Stibbards of Snailspace Therapies, this will be the 3rd Medicine Songs with Cacao event.  A beautiful opportunity to hear a mix of traditional medicine songs and original music, as well as a sound journey with gongs and singing bowls, all held in the context of a Cacao Ceremony.

Yoga Fleur, 356 Fishponds Road, BS5 6RB Bristol

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/1312859225527611

 Awakened Love Spirit Retreat

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February, 2018

 

Weekend Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Fay Trezise,

Christopher Gladwell, Nick Green and Judith Puckmayr

South Devon

 

More information:   www.labyrinthearts.com/spirit-retreats

Medicine Songs - An Evening of Live Music and Cacao  -  Yoga Fleur, Bristol

Saturday 10th Feb, 2018

7pm - 11pm

£15

This is the 2nd Medicine Songs with Cacao event hosted by Tristan Stibbards of Snailspace Therapies.  A beautiful opportunity to hear a mix of traditional medicine songs and original music, as well as a sound journey with gongs and singing bowls, all held in the context of a Cacao Ceremony.

Yoga Fleur, 356 Fishponds Road, BS5 6RB Bristol

Facebook Event:  www.facebook.com/events/165547364208370

Into The Light with Ayla Schafer & Michael Stanton  -  St Stephen's Church, Bristol

Sunday 3rd Feb, 2018

7pm - 11pm

£15 / £10

For more info visit:  www.facebook.com/events/1911823762467603

St Stephen's Church, St Stephens Street, Bristol, BS1 1EQ

Dream Awake with Michael Stanton -  Living Room Concert - BRIGHTON

Sunday 28th Jan, 2018

6pm - 11pm

£5 - £10

Facebook Event:   www.facebook.com/events/557141757953202

January Thompson Album Launch The Spire, Brighton

Friday 26th Jan, 2018

7pm

£15

Fellow Ship Bradford Roots Music Festival, Bradford-on-Avon

Sunday 21st Jan, 2018     

3pm

More info:  www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on/bradford-roots-music-festival-2018

Fellow Ship From Peru To You, Frome

Saturday 20th Jan, 2018     

7:30pm

Fellow Ship is a cross-cultural musical trio I formed with my good friends

James Watts and Matthew Birch.  Watch this space later in the year for

more opportunities to hear our wonderful musings.

Soul Flower Yoga Retreat Space 238, Bristol

Sunday 7th Jan, 2018     

12pm - 6pm

A day-long yoga and bodywork retreat in the heart of Bristol with Nick Green, Emilia Gzyl, Joshua Clement, Ollie Dennison.

More info:  www.yogawithnick.com/soul-flower

Medicine Songs  - An Evening of Live Music and Cacao  -  Yoga Fleur, Bristol

Friday 5th Jan, 2018

7pm - 11pm

£15

Hosted by Tristan Stibbards of Snailspace Therapies, this is a beautiful opportunity to hear a mix of traditional medicine songs and original music, as well as a sound journey with gongs and singing bowls, all held in the context of a Cacao Ceremony.

Yoga Fleur, 356 Fishponds Road, BS5 6RB Bristol

Facebook Event:  www.facebook/events/299473860565110

Faeland Album Launch  -  The Folk House, Bristol

Saturday 11th Nov, 2017      

7:30pm  -  11pm

£8 / £11

With Support from Michael Stanton

The Folk House, 40A Park Street, BS1 5JG Bristol

Facebook Event:   www.facebook.com/events/115701459118130