Category Archives: Ken Okines

After The Rain

The music is part of a longer work I wrote in 2008. I like the sound of an oboe. The top photo of The Barge in Hertford is where I met my wife-to-be 49 years ago, or more correctly, in … Continue reading

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Down In The City

In the 1974 I compiled a travelling theatre presentation which twenty of us took around England in a bus. The show, made up of songs, sketches and dancing, was called ‘Here In The Distance’ and explored, in a light-hearted way, the theme of relationships … Continue reading

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David Turns The Page

Dave was a teacher in early 1970s Stevenage. Unhappy with his school and the students he was pleased to find a folk club, and a way out of teaching for good. He decided to become a club performer. He already played piano and I … Continue reading

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Waterman’s Steps

The photograph is one of our daughter Emily’s superb creations, a boat on a crochet sea.

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After the Rain

Some time ago, having written out the melody line of After the Rain, I thought a slightly baroque arrangement would work.  Not all the sampled orchestral instruments of Sibelius music software sound well, particularly the grouped strings in this edited … Continue reading

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Only A Step Away

I was asked to provide some songs for a school play about a land ruled in a strict and orderly fashion by  The Directors, who introduce themselves to the audience thus: The turning point of the play comes when a … Continue reading

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As Rich As A King

  The first photo is of nearby Erddig, now a National Trust property and open for all. The last is even more local.

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Fly Away

From the 1981 album Close Relations. Details are in the Retro menu. The photo is by Peter Mallett.

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All The Songs

A Jizzle Of Sparrows There are over 600 posts on SongShepherd and it’s time to have a break for a while. I’m no spring chicken and the web site uses a great deal of time every day, taking the photos, finding, editing, arranging and … Continue reading

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Alone On The Open Sea

From the 1990 album After All This Time. Retro in the menu has some details.

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