Saffron Summerfield is a highly respected singer, songwriter, guitarist & sound artist, writer and poet. She has recorded nine albums, written songs for two channel 4 films, BBC R4 ‘Start the Week’ and numerous BBC and indie radio shows. One of the few women acoustic bottle-neck blues guitarists (check out Dungeness video) Saffron learnt from black blues musicians when visiting Mississippi in 1977. She has toured the world, played at most major UK Folk and played support to Joan Armatrading, Fairport Convention and one memorable Radio One show with rock band Free!
Saffron’s SOUND ARTS PROJECTS include SOUNDBENCH a year long residency at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Sussex, Digital images and music THE HASTINGS RARITIES AFFAIR: MARSH VOICES in Romney Marsh: Year of the Artist HIDDEN VOICES in Cambridgeshire Fens:Festival de l’Oiseaux Baie de Somme France: INSPIRED BY EXMOOR visuals and new songs project.
Saffron Summerfield’s artwork for ROCLA – Soundbench
Saffron will create a sound story from recordings made with residents of Redhouse Park and people who remember the site as it was before the houses were built – Rocla Pipes. When sitting on the Soundbench people will be able to select from several different tracks for example featuring history, another featuring newcomers to Milton Keynes, maybe a “chill out” track. Local sounds such as birdsong and the bells from St Andrews can be woven in and out of the stories .