linda lee welch


Goat Boy and Other Journeys - Adventures in Film, Music, Poetry and Taxidermy is a cross-media collaboration between poets Fay Musselwhite and Linda Lee Welch, musician The Only Michael and artist and film-maker Susannah Gent.

First performed at the Off the Shelf festival in 2011, these stories take you on journeys of life, death, decay and reinvention.

The Ghost Baby is a short story by Linda Lee with music by Animat and illustrations by Neelam Madden. A haunting fairytale is underpinned by a live ambient soundscape and brought to life by Neelam's beautiful images.

The piece was premiered at The Big Chill festival in 2010 and has been performed at other music and literature festivals around the UK. An EP of music from the project (originally called 'The Woods') was released on the Bloodsugar label in December 2010.

Flossie Paper Doll is a collaboration between Linda Lee and The Only Michael and comprises a sequence of poems with accompanying music.

Set in an unnamed seaside town, the 13 poems are read by Linda Lee over a background of treated ambient sounds, laptop electronics and recorded voices with live instruments including guitar, glockenspiel and melodica.

As well as being heard at the Sheffield Poetry Festival, Greenbelt and The Trip festivals, the sequence was performed as a collaboration masterclass at Paris-Sorbonne University in May 2012.

You can hear an extract from the sequence here

Beyond Childhood is a multi-media piece that was commissioned by Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival in 2001. It comprises poetry, script and songs, and was reprised for Off the Shelf in October 2009 as part of the Signposts music and poetry collaborations programme.

Lost Ball in the Tall Grass is a music/spoken word/song collaboration written by Linda Lee and performed with Mick Beck (sax), Angie Rosenfeld (cello) and Paul Shatsburger (violin). It was first performed at the Crucible Theatre in 1995, and went on to several more performances and a recording at BBC Milton Keynes for use in the NHS’s mental health training program. It is a story of the journey to recovery.