In Nov 2017 I wrote a folk song called ‘Bullmoor Lament’ to the tune of Bonny Portmore. It was written in response to planning applications to build housing and a factory extension on land in Belper called Bullsmoor.
I was persuaded to sing it into a megaphone at Belper market square during the Protect Belper march against developments threatening local and world heritage on Dec 2nd 2017. https://nailed.community/2017/12/02/protestors-belper-march-save-world-heritage-status/
I’ve also sung the Bullsmoor Lament at the Queen’s Head open mic in Belper, the Middleton by Wirksworth folk jam, The Northern Green Gathering and Derby Folk Festival fringe.
Bullsmoor Lament – sung on Bullsmoor.
(Not great sound due to the wind, but you do get to hear the birds.)
I walk on Bullsmoor almost every day with my dog Charlie and have written the Bullsmoor Blog in an attempt to collect information, stories, memories, pictures and poems about the land. As I collect more stories for the Bullsmoor Song Project I’ll put them on there.
In October 2018 I found out that the planning application for Bullsmoor had been declined so the Bullsmoor song project is now a celebration of the land.
Come and help me collect stories of Bullsmoor as part of Belper Arts Festival
On May 11th,12th and 13th (times to be confirmed) I’ll be sitting in a bell tent at the top of Bullsmoor (near the park in the little fenced off field that used to be owned by Severn Trent) collecting your stories about Bullsmoor. I’m interested to hear any stories you have whether it’s what you know about the history of Bullsmoor, happy memories of sledging, walking your dog, picking blackberries or a Sunday afternoon walk with your family. I’d like to hear about your thoughts about the struggle with development, times when you walked to school over the fields or rode a bike or a horse along Kirk Lane, memories of Coppice brook flooding or any wildlife you’ve spotted there over the years.
You can either sit in the talking chair and tell me your stories or you can write them down.
If you’d prefer to get in touch another way then send me an email email@example.com
Once I’ve collected all the stories I’ll write a series of songs about Bullsmoor ready for next year’s Arts Festival. If I get enough stories I might also compile a book.
To help fund this project Ruth Gray has kindly donated an original painting of Bullsmoor which will be auctioned on May 23rd at the Milford Monthly Music Session at Holy Trinity Church. https://www.ruthgrayimages.net/
Thanks to the owners of Bullsmoor Farmhouse for letting me use the land.