January 2018 for 12 months
Aimee Leonard and Joe Danks have each been awarded bursaries to be Musicians in Residence at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.
Aimée Leonard, a singer and bodhran player from Orkney, has been performing and teaching folk music for more than thirty years. She was a member of the group Anam, touring and performing at folk festivals worldwide. In Orkney she founded the Song Shop Choir, promoted folksong in schools, and co-led the Big Orkney Song Project. Now living in London, Aimée is a coach in voice and singing for Newcastle and London South Bank Universities, runs two folk choirs, and works for EFDSS as a folk educator and workshop leader.
Joe Danks is a percussionist, songwriter and community musician from Nottingham, now based in Deptford. Joe has performed across the UK, Ireland and Europe, and his education work has seen him work with EFDSS, Kings College London and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He also acts as director of Pulse Arts CIC, a Music In Healthcare organisation with projects at major hospitals including Great Ormond Street. In recent years Joe has been gaining recognition as a bodhrán player, chiefly with his band Ranagri. This will be Joe's first artistic residency.
The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum and tells the story of the seafaring past through its vast and varied collections. Its historic buildings, along with the Queen’s House, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory form part of Royal Museums Greenwich, a unique collection of attractions which works to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.