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Welcome to Totleigh Barton

Photo : Jim Smart

In March 1998, sixteen intrepid souls made their way to this beautiful old farmhouse in Sheepwash, Devon, England, to attend a five-day songwriting course given by the great Ray Davies of The Kinks.

They had a week they will never forget.  This is their scrapbook.

They were :

Standing (L to R)
Jim Smart* from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Ginny Dodds*
from St Paul, Minnesota, USA
(Ray Davies - tutor)
Olga Ruocco Daley*
from Essex, England
Richard Pearson
from St Albans, England
Geoff Lewis*
from Worcester, England
Bob Joyce*
from Berkeley, California USA
Fiona Davey
from London, England
Glen Mohr
from New York, New York, USA
(Marion Wells - tutor)
William Knight
from Croydon, England
(Chef Richard)
(Chef Claire)
Glenda Jayson
from Southampton, England
Sitting :
James Kaedden
from St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Bill Richards*
from Monroe, Connecticut, USA
Jude Cowan*
from London, England
Mike Hayden
from Stourport, England
Derek Murr
from Bingley, England
Mitch Friedman*
from Brooklyn, New York, USA
(Click on a name to see that person's contribution.  Starred names include photos, lyrics or other info)

They had the pleasure of meeting Amy Shelton and Andy Brown, who run Totleigh Barton so efficiently for the Arvon Foundation
, and Marion Wells, who assisted Ray with tutoring. They ate splendidly, thanks to chefs Claire and Richard.

Read the KPS reports

Listen to mp3 versions of some of the songs written on the course

A compilation tape of demos of more of the songs written on the course is also available.   
email Geoff
for info.

I want to be back there...on Animal Farm