Miranda Pender

Location: Sherborne, Dorset
About me...

Miranda didn’t start playing guitar or writing songs until her mid-fifties, but she has more than made up for it since! She has recorded two CDs, ‘Petrol Station Flowers’ and ‘Lifting the Lid’, and published a booklet of song lyrics, ‘Late-Flowering Lyricist’. She performs in pubs, folk clubs and at festivals, and several of her songs have been played on local radio. Raunchy, romantic, poignant, humorous, Miranda’s subjects range from shipwrecks to stalkers; from the perils of punting to that awkward situation where you discover your lover’s name sewn into the back of his underpants…..

She is now establishing herself as a popular speaker, telling the stories behind the songs and delighting audiences with a light-hearted mix of words and music.

Frequent comments include: “It was so nice to be able to hear all the words you were singing”, and “We really enjoyed something that was a little bit different”.

About my talk/performance...

The standard performances are 45 minutes plus time for questions, but Miranda can adjust the timing to suit your requirements. They are about 50:50 spoken word:song.

Miranda plays an acoustic guitar, unplugged in small venues, or through an amplifier and with a microphone for larger ones. She can supply all the equipment, which is PAT tested, and she holds Public Liability Insurance.

From March to October Miranda is available mornings, afternoons and evenings; November to February, afternoons only. She will always consider a short-notice booking to cover a cancellation.


Miranda’s fee for community groups of up to about 40 people is £40 + 30p per mile travelling expenses. For larger audiences and commercial organisations, please contact her to discuss.

She is normally prepared to travel throughout Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Please contact her to discuss the options for bookings further afield.

My Contact Details:

01935 815497 MOBILE: 07896 354616

Late-Flowering Lyricist


 How Miranda overcame a life-threatening illness to reinvent myself as a singer/songwriter.

Miranda in the summer of 2008 was quite an ordinary woman in my fifties. She enjoyed listening to music, but it never occurred to her that she might be able to sing, and she certainly didn’t envisage herself performing solo with a guitar, and playing songs that she’d written! Not only that, but that she’d go on to record her own albums, the first one of which was produced by her teenage hero, the musician and entertainer Richard Digance, who became her mentor.

This is a story of how it may never be too late to change direction in life; how Miranda learned the importance of ‘seizing the moment’; and how, with a bit of determination, you might be able to achieve things you never dreamed of!

Raunchy, romantic, heartbreaking, humorous, her subjects range from pretentious garden designers to a 16-year-old boy killed at the Battle of the Somme; from the hero on a cereal packet to that awkward situation where you discover your lover’s name sewn into the back of his underpants…

Lifting the Lid


The perils of researching family history: stories and songs of love, loss, jealousy, betrayal, revenge…..often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally shocking.

A forebear deported to Australia for sheep-stealing can, after a couple of hundred years, acquire a certain raffish glamour, but how do you feel if the uncomfortable truth you discover is closer to the present day?

Miranda presents a set of original songs woven around some of the more bizarre stories from her family history. This talk can be illustrated by a slideshow, for which she will need a screen or suitable blank wall.

Miranda Pender Contact Details:

01935 815497 MOBILE: 07896 354616

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