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Let Me Go

"The two groups have never met but their words and musical expression have met in a virtual space. At first detainees wanted to express their own words and music but after listening to the poems from Mind they said 'That's exactly it, that's how we feel, that's my life story they are saying there, let's not change any of the words and sing this.' They also went on to write response songs back to the Mind group. The Mind group are almost clairvoyant knowing the depths of the human mind as talented as a psychiatrist."
Paul Midgley, Project Facilitator 

The recordings on this CD are the culmination of a songwriting project with participants at Haslar Immigration Removal Centre and Fareham and Gosport Mind, which took place during May and June 2011.

All tracks written and recorded by participants from Haslar Immigration Removal Centre and Fareham and Gosport Mind, with Rocky Chessman and Paul Midgley.

Tracks 1, 3, 5 and 6 - Fareham and Gosport Mind
Tracks 2, 4 and 5 - Haslar IRC

Produced by Paul Midgley. CD artwork by members of Fareham and Gosport Mind.

Special thanks go to all the participants of the project and the staff at both Haslar IRC and Fareham and Gosport Mind for their help and support.

"This project was a great success with our clients. Most people with mental health issues can find it hard to communicate and connect with others. Music is always a good medium to do this and this project embraced all abilities. Our creative writing group thoroughly enjoyed coming up with lyrics and hearing them put to music. For me it was a joy to see the smiles on everyone's faces and hear the laughter. Everyone came away feeling as though they had achieved something. Thank you Music In Detention."
Tracy Nicholls, Fareham and Gosport Mind

Haslar Immigration Removal Centre are pleased to be working alongside Music In Detention to be able to provide an expressive and creative outlet for the immigration detainees in their care. They embrace the cultural diversity of their detainee population and encourage detainees to celebrate their unique cultural identity and nationality through music, dance and song. Music In Detention workshops assist IRC Haslar in promoting respect for the many cultural differences between the nationalities and detainees and promotes positive interaction between staff and detainees. 

Music In Detention (MID) exists for immigration detainees. We want the shared experience of music-making to build supportive relationships between detainees and the surrounding community. Our work helps detainees cope with detention, and the wider community to understand their experience of it. 

This project was delivered by Drum Runners and facilitated by Rocky Chessman and Paul Midgley, on behalf of Music In Detention. 07843 348656 


Let Me Go

Acoustic, spoken word


My Way

Latin American, Spoken word


Road Is Curved

Reggaeton, R&B, Spoken Word


Happy Handbags

Group percussion and singing


Stay Strong

Reggaeton, R&B



Hip hop, spoken word

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