Fields and Lanes - Jessa and Mick Liversidge
Since the first lockdown in March 2020, singer Jessa Liversidge and actor Mick Liversidge have taken to performing outside. While Jessa sings in fields, Mick recites poetry down country lanes, and together they have devised "Fields and Lanes", a celebration of poetry and song as well a celebration of the great outdoors.
Classic poems such as “Leisure” and “Daffodils”, as well as lesser-known gems, are included, celebrating poets as wide-ranging as Spike Milligan, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth and D. H. Lawrence. The songs range from folk standards to pop favourites, including The Beatles and Bill Withers, Carole King and Cilla Black. All the poems and songs are performed by Jessa and Mick with no accompaniment - with their sincere and heartfelt delivery, the songs and poems speak for themselves.
Jessa and Mick are delighted to be working with Helmsley Arts Centre on their creative and connected community project, and this performance of Fields and Lanes will include performances by participants from the Fields and Lanes workshops.
Audience feedback from the first performances of Fields and Lanes
"An excellent programme from you both...wit, sadness, emotion..."
"a poignant, uplifting and funny performance".
The Fields and Lanes Facebook page, which includes all the poems and songs performed by Mick and Jessa outdoors so far.
Jessa has performed 3 of her one-woman shows at Helmsley Arts Centre - “‘Til the boys come home”, “Some enchanted Sondheim”, and most recently, “Songbirds”, and has been working for the past 12 years as a freelance singer and singing leader. From youth choirs and dementia friendly groups to community choirs and private lessons, Jessa’s sessions all have an encouraging atmosphere and a positive, inclusive ethos. She has completed high level training on performance, singing teaching and musical direction with Vocal Process and recently qualified as a Vocal Health First Aider. Jessa has been nominated for two Music and Drama Education awards 2021 for her inspiring work with singers of all ages in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mick has been working professionally for the past 6 years, with an impressive array of credits, from TV and film appearances to theatre performances and tours, including A Christmas Carol with Front Room productions, Waiting for Gateaux with Less is More productions, and Richard II and Henry IV with Bronzehead Theatre.