Irene Taylor Trust: The Open Fund for Organisations
Singer-songwriter James Dey's North West Prison Residency
Building on the recent production of a Rock Opera (‘The 4 Lives of Jimmy G’) written and produced by the prison musicians, PRSF funding will enable us to continue singer-songwriters James Dey’s North West prison residency with weekly prison sessions focusing on composition and performance.
“The freedom of expression through music has given me a piece of the freedom back I have lost. It has shown me a lot about dedication and that anything is possible with hard work.” Prison musician feedback
James Dey is a well-established folk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the North-West who performs regularly around Yorkshire. James has released two albums (and is currently working on a third) and composes regularly for theatre companies alongside his work with the Irene Taylor Trust as a prison Musician in Residence.
“Working with prisoners, helping them to release their own creativity, constantly inspires and challenges my own artistic practice. I’ve learnt so much from the musicians I’ve met in prison, they’ve inspired me enormously, musically and personally.” James Dey