I live in the Wirral, and work in Liverpool as a civil servant. I've loved writing since I was a kid, and I've been blogging about music for over 10 years.
When I began my project collecting songs from every country in the world, I could barely have imagined what riches I would find. Before the age of radio, communities were often very isolated, so a person could just travel a few miles and find that costumes worn were different, dances had changed, even musical instruments were not quite the same. Think of that variety, and compare it to Eurovision today, where practically every song is produced in ways designed to appeal to an international audience and a global marketplace, and where in 2017 no less than 35 of the 42 songs in the final were sung entirely in English.
When you book Nick Wall, it's not just me that you're getting. At my fingertips I have dozens of amazing stories of the musicians that I've researched, men and women who believed passionately in what they were doing, keeping traditional culture alive. I can give you insights into these different cultures, the ways in which they're changing, and why they're changing. And perhaps give you a little taste of traditional music as well.
FOR SCHOOLS :
I offer sessions designed to interest and inspire children in finding out more about other cultures, and discovering how nation states are made up of lots of different cultures and ethnic groups. Using readings, music clips, interactive exercises.
FOR READING GROUPS, LIBRARIES ETC :
I do talks which can be tailored to the needs of the audience on subjects such as insight into the self-publishing journey; what can music tell us about who we are; global culture vs local culture – time to take sides ?
FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, LITERARY FESTIVALS, POLITICAL EVENTS :
My preferred subject is Music, Culture, and the Construction of Identity. I'll ask plenty of questions to engage the audience, share my ideas and reflections, and enliven the talk by use of colourful examples from the books.
This was a five year project, in which I collected traditionally based music from every country in the world, researched the artists and the cultures, and wrote it all up in a book. I didn't quite know at the start what I was taking on, but it's become a labour of love in four volumes ! A unique feature is that literally every country is covered, from Kazakhstan to Kiribati - and the small countries often prove to be just as fascinating as the more usual suspects. The books are accompanied by a purpose built website where readers can listen to all 575 featured songs from 200 countries.