Musician Louse Jordan talks about songwriting as a tool for working with young people and bringing the past to life
Date Created: 25th Jun 2018
“As a folk singer and songwriter, I am interested in cultural memory and the way stories are passed down through the ‘oral tradition’. Since September 2016 I have been touring ‘No Petticoats Here’, a one-woman performance of original music and storytelling which I wrote in response to my own frustration at the absence of women’s First World War experiences I had come across since the start of centenary commemorations in 2014. As a former history and citizenship teacher, I recall only too well the disappointment of students who could not see themselves in the history books available to us as teaching and learning resources.
Working with Portsmouth based charity The Urban Vocal Group, I designed the project ‘Never Had They Ever’ to engage a younger audience with the stories of First World War women with the intention that they will pass on this heritage to their communities and peers to generate further interest. Participants were aged 13 -19 years and through their words the heritage is placed in a modern context, making it relatable and accessible, demonstrating its relevance today.”