Audio: Ginger The Cat
Audio: Ginger The Cat
23rd September 2010
Joanna Langston's music is a bit of a departure from the rock and rap we've had previously on Ouch! She's a student at the famous Orpheus Centre. Click below to hear a quickfire interview and her song Ginger The Cat.
Jo was talking to Simon Minty and Liz Carr as part of the Ouch! Talk Show
The Orpheus Centre was founded by entertainer and musician Richard Stilgoe in his former family home in Godstone. It promotes personal development through the performing arts and the transition into independent living.
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SIMON Joining us now is Joanna Langston from the Surrey based Orpheus Project and John Kelly's stayed with us from the earlier interview, who also works at the Orpheus Project. Joanna, thanks very much for coming in. Can you tell me a little bit about the Orpheus Project, what is it?
JOANNA I'm Joanna Langston and the Orpheus Project is about writing songs and going on an outreach to different schools.
LIZ John, what do you do there?
JOHN I'm one of the tutors there and we support young people to grow in confidence through performing arts. So that's kind
of there's song writing...
LIZ That's how you know Joanna, so it all links up dunnit'
JOH Ah it all links up...
LIZ All links up.
JOHN ... doesn't it Jo?
SIMON Now, Joanna, we're going to ask you some quick fire questions.
SIMON So, Liz, I'm going to line Liz up for your first one.
LIZ Are you ready?
JOANN Yes I am, thank you.
LIZ Okay. What's the best thing about singing and writing songs?
JOANNA It's very, very good and exciting.
LIZ Okay, Simon.
JOANNA And I like writing all the lyrics and the words.
LIZ It's a bit of everything really you like by the sounds of it and the words.
SIMON If I'd never heard your music and you were trying to describe it to me what would you say is your style?
JOANNA It's a song about a cat.
SIMON Okay. And you like anybody else, is there anybody else who you think is a good musician that you admire?
JOANNA I like Richard Stillgoe.
SIMON Ah he's linked with the Orpheus Project isn't he?
JOANNA And I like Bing.
LIZ Tell me, Joanna, Takeaway or Sunday roast - what would you rather have?
JOANNA Sunday roast.
LIZ Nice one.
SIMON Do you prefer to watch soaps or films?
LIZ Dogs or cats?
JOANNA A cat.
SIMON Who's your favourite famous person?
JOANNA My favourite famous person from Eastenders is Anita Dobson.
LIZ And if you could duet with anyone alive or dead who would it be?
JOANNA Can't remember.
LIZ Would it be Bing?
JOANNA I like Bing.
LIZ Would it be Mr Crosby? That would be amazing.
SIMON When you're not producing music what do you get up to?
JOANNA I like to learn to play the drums, grade eight.
SIMON It sounds all music.
JOANNA And it's my favourite.
LIZ Complete the phrase 'Performing at Liberty will be...'
JOANNA ... very, very nice'.
SIMON I'm sure it will be. Okay you can find out more about Jo and the Orpheus Project by going to their website. It's Orpheus.org.uk.
LIZ And Joanna will be performing Ginger The Cat at London's Liberty Festival on Saturday 4th September at Trafalgar
Square. If you're lucky enough to make it along you can also catch the cast of Reasons To Be Cheerful, they'll be belting out some of Ian Dury's songs. Jo, can you introduce your song.
JOANNA This is a song which I wrote with Tom Arnold and Helen Brior and all my friends from the Orpheus Centre at Godstone in Surrey. The song is called Ginger.