Jackie Singer is a musician, storyteller, mother, celebrant and author, but not always in that order . . .
RITES OF PASSAGE As a celebrant Jackie enables others to create rituals to celebrate the turning of the year and also the rites of passage in their own lives. Her first book on this subject, Birthrites, Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-Bearing Years is published by Permanent Publications.
Jackie is currently researching her next book on Coming of Age.
MUSIC Jackie plays the violin, sings and writes music in the Oxford-based band Kismet. With three female voices and a palette of strings, wind and accordion, Kismet create a music that’s melodious, subtle and communicative, founded on European folk music but with influences from jazz to minimalism. Their repertoire stretches from passionate Irish jigs (in one incarnation they are a Ceilidh Band) to settings of the ancient Sufi mystic poets. Many of Kismet’s concerts form a musical meditation on the seasonal cycle.
“Balm for the Soul” Oxford Folk Festival. “Where would I rather be? This music gives me hope.” Malidoma Some
STORYTELLING Jackie first learned the wisdom and value of traditional stories during her training as a Dramatherapist. She loves to tell stories to people of all ages, and generally enhances her performances with songs and musical interjections. She favours magical tales and those that connect people with nature, and their own humanity.
Jackie is co-teaching a course for beginners at Barracks Lane Community Garden in May / June 2012. In October 2012 her piece with Liz Rothschild Marigolds and Ashes will be performed as part of the Kicking the Bucket Festival.
FAMILY Jackie’s two girls keep her on her toes, and provide immeditate feedback (constructive and otherwise) on most of her current projects.