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Before I went away to Top Shed, my two week artist's residency of near solitude in Norfolk, I asked friends to suggest music that I might add to a playlist to take away with me.  I'm so glad I did and grateful to all the people that took the time to share, because this literally became the soundtrack to my residency.   I would choose noisy and upbeat tunes to accompany me in my domestic duties and these occasionally also assisted to motivate me on a rainy stomp across the fields, but when it came to focusing and being creatively productive I chose more comforting, folky sounds and audio books because I love being told stories, and both of these mediums seemed to suit the work I was making and my rural surroundings. 

With each piece of music I couldn't help but think of the person who had gifted it to me with their suggestion...a lovely feeling; being all alone but at the same time surrounded by good people. 

It's interesting when you make work that has a repetitive or rhythmic process it happens that you often come back to doing something you've done before - its always fascinating and comforting to find oneself remembering the music / story / program that accompanied the exact same actions last time they were done - mind and muscle memory combined.  I feel strongly that these songs, stories, memories and indeed the people that my Norfolk playlist bring to mind are all part of the finished pieces - stitched, woven and printed into the fabric of the work.  Something unseen or unknown to the viewer but a deeply embedded personal part of these pieces of work for me.

As far as memory is concerned, I absolutely love that any time I ever hear any music from my Norfolk playlist I will instantly be right back there in my mind - such a precious and inspiring time.  Thank you if you contributed to this [not in full] soundtrack:

Wolf - First Aid Kit

Graceland - Paul Simon

Pink Moon - Nick Drake

Evil - Nadine Shah

Do I Love You [Indeed I Do] - Frank Wilson

California - Joni Mitchell

Tilted - Christine and the Queens

Psycho Killer - Talking heads

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Push th' Little Daisies - Ween

The Architect - Jane Weaver

If You Could See - She Draws the Gun

Sammud - Maarja Nuut

I bet you look good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkey

Human - Daughter

The Forest - Jose Gonzelez

Country Mile - Johnny Flynn

Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes -       Paul Simon

The Wind is Low - Iron and Wine

A Case of you - Joni Mitchell

Show me the Sun - Belle and Sebastian

Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Staying Alive - Bees Gees

Go! - Public Service Broadcasting

Semicircle Song - The Go! Team

Golden Years - David Bowie

Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Daddy Cool - Boney M.

Blue - Joni Mitchell

Rescue Me - Fontella Bass

Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Carey - Joni Mitchell

Redbone - Childish Gambino

Close to You - The Carpenters

Emma Forever Ago - Bon Iver


The Song of the Sea - Lisa Hannigan

Facing West - The Staves

Call Me the Breeze - Beth Orton

Smother - Daughter

Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

Detectorists - Johnny Flynn

Get Ready - Ella Fitzgerald

Get It On - T. Rex

Flume - Bon Iver

Deadly Valentine - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

Kick Jump Twist - Sylvan Esso

Toxic Girl - Kings of Convenience

Animal Tracks - Mountain Man

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Dandelion - Big Thief

Down to the River to Pray - Alison Krauss

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

I'll Fly Away - Gillian Welch

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Red Morning Light - Kings of Leon

Kiss with a Fist - Florence and the Machine

Pale Green Ghosts - John Grant

Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell

Baby's Got Sauce - G. Love and Special Sauc

Mayday - The Go! Team

Magpie - The Unthanks

Winter - Daughter

I am a Man of Constant Sorrow -            Soggy Bottom Boys

Pure Pleasure Seeker - Moloko

Moonshine Freeze - This is the Kit

Did you see Butterflies  -Jane Weaver

It's Getting Better - Mama Cass

Straight from the Heart - Dr Atmo

This is Me - Keala Settle

All of Autumn - Red Deer Sleeping