Making Rain...

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It isn't often that we encounter people with similar vision, imagination (and often downright wierdness!) as yourself, but when this does happen, it is like a breath of fresh air! One such person that I have met is the author Tony Smith. Over the last few years I have been fortunate to work with Tony on a number of original compositions to accompany some of his stories. Based around the character of Captain Cumulus and his Cloud Machine - The Nimbus - the tales are so wonderfully imaginitive. It has been a wonderful experience to try and bring some of them to life through music and the Leyland Band premiered the collection during their 2013 concert series. Tony has recently published his first book; "Making Rain and Other Things is Our Business" with a wonderful cover illustration by my brother, Mark Pankhurst. This features the four stories Tony asked me to create music for: Mr. Sonnemans' Unusual Solution The Nimbus Springs A Leak St. Kilda's Fling The Great Cloud Parade 2017 is set for more excitement with Tony organising 'The Great Shindig (see link above) - a musical extravaganza based on the story of the same name from his book. The WIngates Band will join forces with the Warrington Pipe Band and the Brixi Singers for an evening of music, stories and entertainment set in the wonderful world of Captain Cumulus and the Nimbus Cloud Machine. If you would like to get hold of a copy of this wonderful book please click on the link below:

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