Thanks for visiting the Peter Aston website and welcome to the August 2020 update. Well, who'd be the Prime Minister? Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't! In the music world everything continues to be dominated by Coronavirus lock-down and, certainly for the coming months, there will be no live music in pubs, clubs, theatres and festivals. Having said that some outdoor events (with limited numbers and social-distancing) are starting to happen again although many are instead opting to Zoom live performances from home, linked to a tip-box. So do please try to support these really hard-hit musicians please. All of my live performances have been either postponed or cancelled altogether. Thankfully some events (mainly weddings) have been re-arranged for next year when hopefully things will have returned to something a bit more like normal. Whilst Forest FM is in shut-down I'm continuing to record my programmes 'Forest Folk' and '33 and a Third' from my home studio and I'm also enjoying the wonders of Zoom to enable the sharing of virtual church services each Sunday and for virtual family get-togethers. At Holtwood Methodist Church we're also continuing to stream virtual services on our Facebook page and we're currently looking at detailed guidance about when, and if so how, activities in our church buildings might resume. Possibly some restricted form of physical services could start in September. I'll try to keep this website and my social media pages up-to-date with the latest news and, in the coming weeks of uncertainty, we just have to follow the scientific advice and stay healthy!
If you're visiting this site for the first time, a quick introduction - I'm Peter Aston, a Christian singer/songwriter and worship leader based at Holtwood Methodist Church which is a welcoming, evangelical church in an idyllic location near Wimborne, close to the south coast of England. As a member of HMB I also play guitar, sing and help to lead services at churches in and around Dorset The HMB flautist Becky Neale and I also give concerts in our local area - and occasionally much further away!
I'm delighted to present two programmes for Forest FM92.3, based in East Dorset. 'Forest Folk' is on air at 8.00 on Mondays, the programme streams at www.forestfm.co.uk and you can also listen-again from Tuesdays at www.mixcloud.com/ForestFolk/ And then on Friday evenings at 7.00 I present '33 and a Third' which is an hour of classic and rarely-heard album tracks. Again this programme is streamed and is also available to listen-again on Mixcloud.
I'm also the caller/guitarist/singer for the Cottage Industry ceilidh band, a solo singer/songwriter and a medieval wandering minstrel known as Master Peter of Fayrewood. As a solo entertainer I appear at many retirement homes and day centres and for charitable and other events, singing everything from war-time sing-along classics, through the 50's & 60's pop songs to traditional and original songs.
For the past few years I've also been doing my thespian bit as a member of the 'Open the Book' Team which takes dramatised, costumed and propped (if that's a word!) presentations of Bible stories into local 1st Schools - a tremendous privilege!
Dates for August 2020
All my live events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions.
To find out more about what I get up to please click on the banner at the top of this page - hope to catch up with you somewhere down the road!
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Unfortunately all musical events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus lock-down. Some have been rebooked either for later this year or for 2021 - so watch this space!