Distant Voices

Distant Voices is a partnership project with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, enhancing deliberation about punishment and reintegration through art-based dialogue.

It is an innovative project, bringing some of Scotland’s best contemporary songwriters together with groups of prisoners, former prisoners, prison officers, criminal justice staff, victims of crime, academics and families affected by imprisonment, to write and record songs.

Currently funded by Creative Scotland, Scottish Prison Service and Glasgow Community Justice Authority, Distant Voices : Not Known at this Address is exploring themes pertinent to ‘coming home’.

From August 2016 – January 2018 Not Known at this Address will see diverse participants work in ‘Vox Sessions’ over an 18 month period, writing and recording new songs together. From the hundred or so songs that will be written, ten songs will be curated into a studio recorded album. In each case, writing and recording will be collaborative processes between a criminal justice situated writer and an established Scottish songwriter or band.

In November 2015, Distant Voices released a studio EP called Silent Seconds and ran a festival at CCA, in 2014 released a live EP following an event at The Briggait, and has attracted significant national radio and printed press coverage, inviting a creative conversation on a crucial public issue

In a system often reduced to black and white positions and roles, Distant Voices explores what happens when we share and make human stories, ideas, emotions and community.