2 Stroke Odysseys – Derry City of Culture 2013.

A section from the song cycle developed with Orlando Gough and patients from Altnagelvin Chest Heart and Stroke Hospital Derry. Produced as part of Derry, City of Culture 2013.  For the full concert see www.strokeodysseys.org

5B Jamsie

The coat (5:21)

Jamsie likes to put on his coat without help – however long it takes. Stroke survivors often need to take their own time – meanwhile, the world can wait. It reminds them of who Jamsie likes to put on his coat without help – however long it takes. Stroke survivors often need to take their own time – meanwhile, the world can wait. It reminds them of who they are.

5A Ken

Ploughboy (7:42)

When Ken was a ploughboy he would shout Hough and Heigh to get his horses to pull more to the left or the right. Fifty years later he drew inspiration from the memory of these commands when they took away his driving license because a stroke had resulted in him veering to the left whilst driving.

Seamus

Finger Family (7:22)

When Seamus lost the use of his left hand he couldn’t believe that the useless thing that hung from his arm belonged to him. Then he named his cramped fingers after the members of his boyhood family so that he could get to know them again.

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