Ariadne’s Notes: On April 26, 1:30 PM, PST The World Poetry Café welcomed the talented poet, musicians and author Randall Stephen Hall to the show for an exciting interview on CFRO, 105. FM with his music, poems and insights on the situation in Ireland. Also featured was Ken McAteer, outgoing president of VAHMS with a preview of ExporASIAN Heritage Month, 2018 with over 50 events and partners during May including a first ever partnership with First Nations and Indian Cultures www.explorasian.org. Featured e-poets were: Kwabena ‘Nyameba’ Bediako from Ghana and Passang Sherpa from Bhutan.
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Randall Stephen Hall Here’s some biography in his own words:
“I grew up in North Belfast at the height of the Troubles. Born 1957.
I grew up beyond many people’s context there and neither of my parents were from Belfast.
These two experiences collided and reverberated with more for all my years since then, shaping much of my art and outlook.
I met my wife Ann at The College of Art and Design in Belfast. She did Fine Art and Teaching while I did a degree in Graphic Design. At the time I was playing in a few local groups and later writing songs with two friends. Here’s an example from 1983. “The Bread Song”. https://soundcloud.com/randall-stephen-hall/the-bread-song-circa-1980
I left college in 1980 and got a job in a small add agency. That winter John Lennon was shot.
I remember the news on the radio. It seemed to link with shift, change and conflict in northern Ireland.
Ann and I got married in 1983. We had two girls in 1985 and 1987. We now have two grandchildren of six and two. Both girls.
I worked in local advertising for six years until 1988 when I became a freelance illustrator. My work, for a time came from Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow. This carried on until 1998 then my work began to change again. www.earthnativeart.co.uk
In 1996 I self published a book called THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnN5HQe1Fvk The advertising work began to diminish and I began to receive invites to visit schools to tell this story. A steep learning curve ensued from then until now. (I’ll keep this brief).
During this time I began to create new stories, illustrated for projection and began to shape way of doing story telling that involved, hand drum, voice, interactive singing, song, poetry and a main story, lasting about an hour.
All this has evolved slowly in a very natural way over a period of about 20 years.
Around 2009 I began to write and record songs a bit more seriously again. Luckily a local DJ
called Gerry Anderson (now sadly passed) found some of my funnier songs interesting and began to play them on the radio. So, in a period of about 9 months I created my first CD of poems and songs, using local themes, of identity, peace, conflict etc but doing it in an accessible way, with the addition of humour.
Here’s one of the interviews from 2010/2011. https://soundcloud.com/randall-stephen-hall/gerry-anderso-interview-24-9
This development threw me back into playing live again after a long
hiatus of some years . . .
So from then until now I’ve been writing songs and poems, creating art and eventually getting involved in a small business with Natasha, my eldest daughter which sells some of my little illustrated books, T-Shirts, Tea-Towels, cards and music, on the web and, up until recently at St. George’s Market in Belfast.
As you can see I am stimulated by our local heritage, sounds, languages and see the potential connections between them.
SOME EXTRA BACKGROUND.
My great great grandfather, Richard Hall, was born in Westmeath, almost the middle of Ireland. He joined a British/Irish regiment in 1848 at the height of the Irish Famine. In the following 22 years he travelled to South Africa, India, during the Indian Mutiny and eventually spent about ten years in Manitoba, Canada, where his first 6 children were born, one being my great grandfather.
Over the years I developed an interest in native Culture in Canada.
I travelled to Canada twice in 2000/2001 and visited a number of reserves. I travelled first in December January 2000/1 for one month to Vancouver, Victoria, Vancouver island, mainly. Then travelled back to the Winnipeg area where my great grandfather was born in 1864.”
There is a significant collection of songs and poetry up on
Sound Cloud/Randall Stephen Hall
Sound Cloud/Hugh Midden Speaks
You Tube/ Randall Stephen Hall two different channels.
You Tube/Ragnall stiffen MacHalla
My songs are funny, sad or serious. Light and shade. Dappled light.”
He also presents shows in schools, community centers and other venues.