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Oyster Morris Memorial Ceilidh


With The Oyster Ceilidh All Stars band
11th July 2015 7.30 - 10.30
Simon Langton Boys School Canterbury
Tickets £10 - book in advance, pay on the door, limited number available.
Contact; peta.boucher@btinternet or Margaret 01227 450580 for tickets and more information
All proceeds to go to Rhain Owen Memorial Fund

 

Canterbury Folk Festival 2015- Midsummer Music in Canterbury

Come to an exciting new weekend music festival in the heart of Canterbury, June 27th- 28th 2015.
There is something for everybody. The festival takes place in Canterbury beautiful, historical cathedral city.
Featuring
- Local and national bands from the New Canterbury Scene
- Morris dancers
- Artisan food stalls
- Art and craft makers and retailers
- Bar with local ales
- Kids area with activities
FREE TO ALL!
SAVE THE DATES!
Website: http: //www.canterburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
Follow us on Facebook /canterburyfolkfestivaluk and Twitter @canterfolkfest

 

 

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Folk song and music comes to Tentertainment

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014

Tentertainment are planing an early evening folk session in the Yurt on the Recreation on Friday 4th July.  This will be a pub bar style folk song and music session and all Tenterden Folk Club regulars and other folk musicians are very welcome to come along and play.  Latest plans seem to be to gather soon after 6.00 p.m. for a 6.30 start to the singing and playing.  The session will finish in the Yurt with a special guest before the more formal parts of Tentertainment take over.  
Check their website at www.tentertainment.co.uk and twitter feed for more details.
Guest at this free festival over the weekend include Coco and the Butterfields and Gentlemen of Few so it it worth a trip into Tenterden.


Sat 5 July 2014   LIL' JIMMY REED (USA)  
Born in the late 1930's near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Leon Atkins (aka Lil' Jimmy Reed) is one of last remaining performers from the blues `golden generation'. His stinging guitar, haunting harmonica, and gritty vocals embody the raw Louisiana blues tradition that goes right back to its roots in the deep south. His band includes boogie piano maestro Bob Hall (Groundhogs, Savoy Brown), and Hilary Blythe on bass.
After arriving at Gatwick earlier in the day, this will be the first gig of his UK tour. The real Deal!!
 
Thurs 17 July 2014     LISA MILLS (USA) & IAN JENNINGS
 From Mobile, Alabama, singer/songwriter/guitarist Lisa Mills is simply blessed with a voice to die for! Comparisons with Bonnie Raitt are inevitable, although her influences range from Brenda Lee to Etta James. Lisa has appeared / recorded with such major artists as Dr John, Delbert McClinton, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Albert Lee, and Andy Fairweather-Low. Her diverse style embraces blues, soul, and rock, with a touch of country. Sensational vocals, charismatically delivered with soul and passion. www.lisamills.com
 
Tickets are available from Cranleigh Arts Centre box office, 1, High St, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS, tel 01483-278000, or online at www.cranleighartscentre.org
The box office is open for telephone or counter sales from 10am to 4:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday

12 July 2014 Roy Orbison & Friends Leas Cliff Hall
Barry Steele presents his all-live multi-media tribute to The Big O. Featuring classic Orbison hits from the 60s right through to the late 80s and using original and film footage from the era, Steele and his supremely talented backing band will bring the life and character of Roy Orbison back to centre stage, trademark dark-rimmed glasses and all.
Tickets: From £20.50
0844 871 3015

Pixie Lott to perform at the Harvey Grammar School

Pop sensation Pixie Lott is to perform a special acoustic set at the Harvey Grammar School on 16th July2014, it has been confirmed. More


Upcdownc Update

Faster than Evil
We have been busy in the studio working on the recording of our new album which is the sound track to a new horror movie ‘Faster than Evil’. A release for this is on the cards but for now, you can follow them via their website: http://www.fasterthanevilmovie.com/ or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fasterthanevilthemovie or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fasterthanevil 
 
We have been receiving quite a few questions regarding the film but, to be honest, we don’t really know that much! We met the people involved at a show in London and were asked if we would be interested to collaborate with them on an idea. Everything else was done via emails where we received plots and scene summaries etc. We then wrote things which we sent back and forth, then were given the thumbs up to go record the tracks. Now they have gone away and are starting on filming etc. We know that seems round the wrong way but this is the way they wanted to go about it. We are just happy to have been involved and will be organising a release for the album soon, which will be separate to the film release date which is yet to be decided.
 
Bad Owl present.....
We are pleased to announce that we will be going back up to Leeds in September to see our old friend Stewart Ramsay for another ‘Bad Owl’ event at the Fox& Newt, Burley Street. The gig is on Saturday 20th September with tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the night. Also appearing are ‘Kings’ and ‘Himself’. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/527807920658681/
 
Stepping Stones Studio, Maidstone
Our next gig is not too far away and only up the road in Maidstone at the Stepping Stones Studio on Friday 11th July. For just £4 entry you can also see ‘Fuoco’, ‘Two-Bit Sister’, ‘Inevitable’ and ‘Daydream’. Should be a good night.
 
Autumn European Tour
We are still working on dates for this years’ tour, which will include our first trip to Copenhagen. We still have several gaps to fill so if you know any good promoters or venues then please get in touch with Chris: chris@upcdownc.com or Roger: roger@upcdownc.com
 
Live at Dunk!Fest
And finally, in case you haven’t seen it, click here for another look at one of the songs from our set at the amazing Dunk!Fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j0rxWGdxZQ

University launches research project into England’s ‘vanishing pubs’

The disappearance of pubs in England is the subject of a new research project by the University of Leicester... Read


STEELEYE SPAN + SUPPORT - Friday 29 August @ St Mary's Church, Ashford
7:45pm to 10:30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

General Admission: £23/£29 (door)              Under 16s: £15/£19 (door)
BOOK TICKETS NOW

Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span come to Ashford and are celebrating 45years with a new live show. Maddy Prior the voice of Steeleye leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. Having recently collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on their new album Wintersmith, the evening will see a mixture of the new album along with the familiar classics and gems.

With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span is not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention, they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums and international tours.

The band released their new album Wintersmith in collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett at the end of 2013. A record based on Pratchett’s Wintersmith novel, the subject matter was completely appropriate for Steeleye, a tale of ancient rituals and secret folk dances that perfectly complemented their previous work whilst taking it in new directions.

We cannot wait to hear this and recommend booking tickets now before they all go!

“Don’t miss them…” - The Independent  


The Australian Pink Floyd Show
Thurs 26-Feb-2015 – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall

The Australian Pink Floyd Show is proud to announce that their 2015 ‘Welcome To The Machine’ 2015 European Tour go on sale at 10.00 on Friday 30 May 2014. Tickets
The tour celebrates 40 years since the release of the landmark album ‘Wish You Were Here’, Pink Floyd’s ninth album, but will draw also heavily from the iconic ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ and ‘The Division Bell’ albums. There will be 22 UK dates on this tour and the band will perform a 2 hour set.

The 2015 concerts will offer a true homage to ‘Wish You Were Here’, a true benchmark of musical culture, and a cherry-picking of the whole Floyd oeuvre, delivered by top-notch musicians whose love for Pink Floyd knows no bounds.  The Australian Pink Floyd Show are much more than a tribute to the great music of Pink Floyd, and were described by The Times as “the gold standard”.  The band capture and convey the spirit as well as the sound, and slavish attention is lavished upon jaw-dropping staging. The 2015 dates offer a host of brand new visuals and effects and an overhauled technical set-up, resulting simply in a show that is even bigger and even better.

Aussie Floyd, who have sold over four million concert tickets globally, have generated their own heritage with scores of sold-out shows featuring note perfect performances which remain true to the original.  This month Classic Rock said, “TAPFS make the Floyd experience their own”.  Forthcoming shows will feature vocalist Lorelei McBroom, who performed with Pink Floyd on the ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ "and ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ tours. Colin Norfield is also aboard as sound engineer.  He was FOH engineer on Pink Floyd’s final world tour; ‘Division Bell’, and has since handled live sound for David Gilmour.


Canterbury rockers Syd Arthur who are current on tour in the states are just about to release their second record Sound Mirror through the Harvest label. 2nd June 2014

BUSKERS & STREET ENTERTAINERS OF KENT!

Budding musicians and performers are being invited to take part in Ashford’s first official buskers’ programme.

Revelation St Mary’s and Ashford Borough Council are joining forces to bring Ashford town centre its very first official busking scheme. From 20th June, two dedicated busking spots will be available in North Street/Lower High Street every Friday from 12noon to 2pm for eight weeks. Revelation is seeking a range of quality Kent-based acts, who love entertaining and want to gain extra live experience.

These could be budding bands, experienced singer/songwriters who want to try out new songs, street entertainers or even theatre projects in development. If anyone has a skill and wants a platform to showcase it, this is an opportunity to bring their talents to a new audience.
The project aims to enhance the town centre’s creative atmosphere with regular, quality assured acts entertaining town centre visitors, and is supported by Ashford Borough Council. Friday is also market day so people will have even more reason to stay in town for longer.

Karen Trimmings, General Manger says: “At Revelation, we are always looking for new and different support acts for our events – these new busking spots are an excellent opportunity to show us what you can do! “Your set could lead to even more exciting opportunities, and you will also be part of very prominent and exciting wider project to enhance and promote Ashford town centre.”

All music must be acoustic and all applicants must be 16 year or over – no upper age limit!
The application process will be announced on Friday 23rd May via Facebook and Twitter and will close on Sunday 8th June. The links to the application can be found on Revelation St Mary’s Facebook page. If successful you will be invited to an audition held in St Mary’s Church on Wednesday 11th June with Revelation’s Creative Directors Anna Moulson of Melting Vinyl and Matthew Sharp virtuoso cellist.
Successful acts must be available to perform on three dates and will be allocated at least one busking slot.

Revelation is also seeking volunteers to assist in the running of these events. Volunteers will be part of an exciting and fun project and will gain experience in performance management. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and volunteers will be rewarded with free tickets to our future shows. If interested please email us at: info@revelationstmarys.co.uk.

Venue information:
Revelation St Mary’s
St Mary the Virgin, Churchyard, Ashford, TN23 1QG
www.revelationstmarys.co.uk
07548 679199




The Rise And Fall Of The Clash [DVD] [2014]

The aptly-titled “The Rise and Fall of The Clash” DVD tells the full story of the talented, but ultimately doomed, British punk rock band that was formed in 1976 and was no more a decade later. With a wealth of rare and previously-unseen performance footage, archival and new interviews with Mick Jones, Terry Chimes, Vince White, Joe Strummer (who died in December 2002, a mere month before the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) and many other members of the band’s far-flung circle


UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION LAUNCHES "SCREEN SHOT"

Music Supervisors and Publishers Look To Unsigned Only Artists for Songs for Film, TV, Ads, and Video Games

- Unsigned Only Music Competition announced today the launch of a special promotion, "Screen Shot," geared toward the placement of music in film, TV, advertising, and video games. "Screen Shot," sponsored by Radio Airplay, offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by some of the top music execs who are looking to place music in various projects. Artists can submit their original songs from May 12-23, 2014 on the Unsigned Only website at www.unsignedonly.com.

A select group of finalists will be chosen, and their songs will be made available to almost 1,000 industry contacts who are looking for music for upcoming projects. Additionally, one overall winner will be selected and awarded $1,000 courtesy of Radio Airplay, plus 4,000 Radio Airplay credits, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, and an artist spotlight feature in their blog and newsletter reaching over 200K members. All songs entered into "Screen Shot" will also be entered in Unsigned Only 2014, and all entrants will receive 100 free spins on Radio Airplay for each entry. The winner of "Screen Shot" will be announced in August, 2014.


"Warriors" - Tomas Twyman / CoCo And The Butterfields (Canterbury, England)

INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) ANNOUNCES 2013 WINNERS
26 UK SONGWRITERS HONORED IN U.S.-BASED COMPETITION

May 7, 2014 - The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the world's most prestigious and respected songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners. Almost 20,000 entries were submitted, and once again, UK artists have excelled in the competition. UK songwriters have garnered three First Place wins, one Second Place win, one Third Place win, and 21 Honorable Mentions. See below for a list of all UK winners.

UK winners include:

First Place Winners:
"It's Not Over" - Richard Pilkington, Jack Jenkins (London, England) - Dance/Electronica
"Moonsea" - Phildel  (London, England) - Pop/Top 40
"Muscles And Bones" - Esmay Luck, Max Luck (The Luck), Richard Darbyshire (London, England) - Adult Contemporary (AC)

Second Place Winners
"Warriors" - Tomas Twyman / CoCo And The Butterfields (Canterbury, England) - Unsigned Only

Third Place Winners
"Shields Of Fire" - Niamh Murphy / Foxglove (Cork, Ireland)

Honorable Mentions
"Building Castles" - Astir (London, England) - Pop/Top 40
"Building Castles" - Astir (London, England) - Unsigned Only
"Here With Me" - Robert Gillies (Stirling, Scotland) - Music Video
"Hero" - Mon Frere (Brighton, England) - Dance/Electronica
"In Her Arms When I Died" - Bryan Tess (Tralee, Ireland) - Lyrics Only
"In Lieu Of You" - Paul Creane / Paul Creane & The Changing Band (Wexford, Ireland) - Americana
"Love Storm" - Eamonn Lindsay, Tia Peyton, Conan Lindsay, Bradley Jackson / Dr Teddy De Love (Dublin, Ireland) - Dance/Electronica
"My Juliet" - Gavin Dean / The Deans (Galway, Ireland) - Rock
"Let Yourself" - Martyn Joseph (Cardiff, Wales) - Folk/Singer-Songwriter
"Louie" - James Mullally / Bearbones (Athlone, Ireland) - Rock
"Louie" - James Mullally / Bearbones (Athlone, Ireland) - Unsigned Only
"The Man Flu" - Roberto Cassani (Perth, Scotland) - Comedy
"Muscles And Bones" - Esmay Luck, Max Luck (The Luck), Richard Darbyshire (London, England) - Unsigned Only)
"My Favourite Time Of Year" - Leigh Haggerwood / The Florin Street Band (Bath, England) - Music Video
"Rock-A-Bye" - Ray Clayton (London, England) - R&B/Hip-Hop
"Smoke & Wine" - Oliver Baines / Flight Brigade (London, England) - Music Video
"Smoke & Wine" - Oliver Baines / Flight Brigade (London, England) - Unsigned Only
"Take My Crown" - Acer (Leicester, England) - R&B/Hip-Hop
"The Way You Are" - Pete Hickman (London, England) - Rock
"Two Worlds Collide" - Ed Dampier (Leicester, England) - Instrumental
"You Ain't Coming Home" - Paul Turley, Paul Muir / Albany Down (London, England) - Blues

ISC is sponsored by: Presonus, Lowden Guitars, Marshall Amplification, Solid State Logic, Berklee College Of Music, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Airplay Direct, D'Addario, DiscMakers, Thayers, SongU.com, Sonicbids, The Music Business Registry, Indie Venue Bible, Celebrity Access, Tunecore, Independent Mastering, George Stein, Esq., Songtrust, and Taxi.

For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners


AltƎrEgo MiniTour

Proud Camden London, UK Sun Apr 20 14 08:00 PM  
The White Lion Bar London, UK Mon Apr 21 14 08:00 PM  
Bar Solo London, UK Wed Apr 23 14 07:00 PM  


Press Release

Described as the Acid-Pop pioneers, the inner double identity embodied in their name represent a completely brand new frontier of music which includes a mixture of Acid Jazz - Funk - Soul - R&B - Pop and Dance.
AltƎrEgo is another identity, a double life experience that goes beyond the unique taste of the music.
 
AltƎrEgo are here with their debut album ‘Back to Life,’ originally released last year by Red Admiral Records UK. The album reached no. 6 in the Amazon Italian R&B chart and no. 20 in the equivalent French one.
In this space between releasing their album last October and December
AltƎrEgo also ranked no. 4 on ReverbNation R&b London Chart, which lead to further Radio appearances and the announcement of a promotional tour.
 
The album, made of 10 tracks, explores the band's main musical intent to melt the finest acid-jazz grooves & harmonies with the rich melodies and energetic flavor of modern Pop.
 
With influences like Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire, AltƎrEgo’s modern spin on music is guaranteed to continue to keep turning heads within the industry.

Artist Homepage: http://www.alt3rego.com/ ReverbNation:
http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/Alt3rEgoProject
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alt3rEgo
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/alt3rego Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alt3rEgoProject

http://www.redadmiralrecords.com/Alt3rEgo.html


Ramsgate Music Hall is pulling in the sharpest young talent

The venue is small but it’s attracting bands from across the country


John Pearson Solo Acoustic Guitar

The first in a series of solo acoustic guitar pieces made in collaboration with Atkin Guitars and filmed by Raphael Klatzko has been posted today on You Tube You can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch


Halstead Jazz Club Big Band 12 years on

Halstead Jazz Club was started by Buster Birch and Nick Beston in 2002. The idea was to present small band jazz, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere once a month in the Halstead Village Hall. Over the years the house band have had many special guests perform with them including some of the biggest names on the British jazz scene. The band got bigger.

After 100 shows at the Halstead village hall, the Jazz Club closed its doors for the final time however…the big band lives on, has never had a rehearsal and heavily relies on the sight reading skills of the jazz musicians involved.

Determined to carry on the philosophy behind the club, the band strives for an incredibly high standard of musicianship and all who play in the band share a passion for jazz music.

More info at www.halsteadjazzclubbigband.com


An open letter on House Concerts and thoughts on the future as
The European House Concert Hub
enters it's 5th year

The European House Concert Hub


“My Music MasterPeace” is a global music competition hosted by MasterPeace.  Free to Enter

MasterPeace invites all musicians: Individual artists and bands, with all genres, from all over the world to become the opening act of MasterPeace in Concert - Istanbul on September 21st, 2014, the UN International Day of Peace.

The winner of the My Music MasterPeace competition will open MasterPeace in Concert - Istanbul, accompanied by the famous Metropole Orchestra. They will join popular artists from the world’s major conflict areas, to celebrate peace-building efforts and encourage social change with a call for action to fuel dialogue, development & disarmament.

Details: http://www.masterpeace.org/mymusic



Julie and Gavin Atkin the popular Kent Folk performers released their Album 'Sentimental Journey' CD December 6th.

Julie and Gavin at FrittendenA 19 track album stuffed full of well-known songs from a bygone age you have been hearing all of your lives, maybe initially on your mothers knee. Julie's soulful voice is accompanied by Gavin on his Jeffries duet concertina, and melodeon.

Recorded in a natural environment without studio trickery they are virtually in the room with you, performing the often nostalgic combination of Tin Pan Alley songs and music from the twenties and thirties.

'Julie's interpretation of some well-known songs from a bygone age sits well with Gavin's accomplished box playing; the music could be the soundtrack to one of those BBC period dramas where the world was a slightly better place, and it leaves the listener with a warm nostalgic feeling' – Kim Headley, Broadstairs Folk Festival.

Guess what my mum has got in her Christmas stocking – Chris

Downloads are available on iTunes and Amazon - Now
Buy CD

More info

Complimentary Review on Amazon


JOHN PEARSON & THE OUTRIDERS in the "LIVE ROOM" at BROADOAK STUDIOS ACOUSTIC SESSION
Over an hour of live music recorded and mixed by Harvey Summers in studio quality sound.  
GO TO   http://youtu.be/2mxoiPaGI9Q
http://www.johnpearsonblues.com/

AYNSLEY LISTER TO HEADLINE WRC 2014 BLUESFEST!

Our first BluesFest this year was an amazing success and we are already at work on BluesFest 2014, which takes place on Saturday 12th July, again at The Red Lion in Gravesend. We are delighted to announce that one of the UK's great young Blues/Rock artists Aynsley Lister will headline the event!! We can now also confirm six out of the seven bands that will be supporting Aynsley! To find out the full list just click here


News from 2013


Fate The Juggler

Popular Folk Rockers Fate The Juggler released their new album "One Eye Open" on Red Admiral Records 21st September.

To celebrate their 2nd album there was a launch gig at the Arden Theatre with some distinctive guests on stage and in the audience. Tickets sold out prior to the event .....

Buy the CD direct drom the band at http://www.fatethejuggler.com/ or at gigs.

Downloads from the best stores choose here


UK LEGISLATION CHANGE FOR CO-WRITTEN WORKS - Changes to Copyright in Music

From 1 November 2013 the term of protection for both the music and lyrics within a co-written work will now expire 70 years after the death of the last surviving author (composer or lyricist) of the co-written work as a whole.

The new law only applies to co-written works where the music and words were originally written to be used together.

If the music and words were not written to be used together (for example, words written for a pre-existing instrumental piece) the words and music will still have their own individual term of protection which will expire 70 years after the death of their respective author.


Is it really cheaper to go to European Festivals rather than UK Festivals?

Yes - sometimes. This Festival Feeling publish table


WINGHAM PUB WINS A NATIONAL AWARD

The Anchor Inn at Wingham has been named as ‘Best Newcomer in Great Britain’.

Kevin and Michelle Abbott, licensees at The Anchor Inn, in the High Street won the title in The BT Sport Great British Pub Awards 2013. They had already been named as joint winners for the South East and London region and competed against five other regional winners for the overall title.

The awards, organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, are recognised as the ‘Oscars of the pub world’.

The judges praised the way in which, Kevin and Michelle, have not only turned around a run-down troubled pub but, according to their loyal band of regulars, they have turned around a whole village. The Publican’s Morning Advertiser editor, Rob Willock, said: “Kevin and Michelle, together with their team at The Anchor Inn, thoroughly deserve the title of Best Newcomer 2013,  The way they have transformed The Anchor is an Inspiration to us all.”

The couple have also transformed the pubs function room into an atmospheric 100 seater music and arts venue, ‘The Anchor Arts Centre’. Its character, superb natural acoustics and state of the art sound and lighting system makes this the perfect venue for various types of events from live music gigs to poetry readings, plays and stand-up comedy. Artists who have recently performed include the internationally renowned guitarist John Etheridge (Soft Machine). Rachel Sermanni.Nuru Kane.The Strawbs as well as local acts such as Coco And the Butterfields, Gentlemen of Few and The Raphael Mead Trio to name just a few.

Landlord Kevin Abbott, who is a musician himself, is keen to promote original material, which provides an excellent platform for both up-and-coming bands and well-established acts to perform, enriching the local music scene and attracting music fans from far and wide.

For those who want to enjoy a drink or two, there is a regular Stagecoach bus link to both Canterbury and Sandwich with buses running until midnight and journey times under half an hour.


British Blues Awards

The winners were announced at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Colne on Sunday 25th August.

Especially chuffed to see 2 of our East Kent musician writers in the final 15 nominations for the Kevin Thorpe Award For Original Blues Song
and I Hear The River by Katie Bradley


Satellite TV martyr Karen Murphy to quit pub trade

Karen Murphy, who won a legal battle with the FA Premier League (FAPL) last year over using a Greek satellite decoder, is resigning her 
tenancy and leaving the pub trade.

http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Company-City-News/Satellite-TV-martyr-Karen-Murphy-to-quit-pub-trade


So - if you have to do covers to get gigs these days - why not do it the Jatinda way

contact details at end of video.


Guitarist Wanted see Kent Musicians Web - Musicians Wanted


Songwriter's Circle (writing group for songwriters)

Songwriter’s Circle at Dover Library

Are you a songwriter, composer or lyricist? Are you interested in networking with other songwriters for collaboration or to share ideas and tips?

We are looking for like-minded people over 19 years old to join the Songwriter’s Circle. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6.30pm. .

Feel free to join us and make music. Please contact Matthew Sykes at Dover Library on 0300 333 6022 or email matthew.sykes@kent.gov.uk

URL: http://www.kent.gov.uk/KCC.Libraries.Web.Sites.Public/LibraryDetails.aspx?aid=0&lid=23&uprn=010034874734
Dover Library
Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square
Dover
Kent
CT16 1PH
Telephone: 0300 333 6022


CANTERBURY SINGER ART BAXTER (1926-1997) BIOGRAPHY & WEBSITE

Hi Chris

The eBook was well received but I had many responses telling me that they were interested in Art Baxter but didn’t have access to a suitable eReader and wondered if a printed version was also coming out.

Anyway, following your support, an article in the Canterbury Times, another in the Daily Mail, some feedback from the tribute website and a live interview on the BBC Radio Kent Sunday Supplement show on 16 June, I was inundated with new material, enough to prompt me to update the biography and include some new photographs. I’m writing to you again to ask if you might like to consider a short follow up article and to inform anyone interested among your readers that the paperback book is coming out?

 Our biography, ‘From Here to Obscurity in 240 Days’ finally puts the record straight about who was Britain’s first ‘King’ of rock ‘n’ roll. Art’s musical career started in London during the war, but between 1945 and 1953, when he signed a two year contract to sing with the Ronnie Scott Orchestra, Art sang with many of the top bands in the Canterbury and Thanet areas of East Kent including the Matt Moore Band, the Big Band Sound of Ken MacKintosh and his Orchestra, the Jan Ralfini Orchestra and the Oscar Rabin Orchestra. Whenever he could he also used to sing with the local dance bands at the Army Barracks ‘Garrison’ Theatre in Military Road, Canterbury. Between 1950 and 1952 Art had many jobs but still continued to sing as much as possible in the Canterbury and Thanet areas of Kent at venues such as;

 The Grand Ballroom, Broadstairs
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
The Oval, Cliftonville
The Orchid Room, Cliftonville
The Theatre Royal, Margate
The Winter Gardens, Margate
The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate
The Kings Hall, Herne Bay
The King’s Head, Margate
Kings Theatre, Ramsgate
West Cliff Hall, Ramsgate
The Merrie England, Ramsgate, and The Pavilion, Westgate-on-Sea

 In 1953 Art secured a two year contract with the Ronnie Scott Orchestra after being spotted at Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall working as resident singer with the Jan Ralfini Orchestra. Working with the Ronnie Scott Orchestra was Art’s first big-break, touring all over the country, working with many of the country’s top musicians and singing at all the top venues. His second big-break came three years later when Jeffrey S Kruger MBE asked Art to lead Britain’s second rock ‘n’ roll band ‘Art Baxter and His Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinners’ which he set up hard on the heels of Tony Crombie and His Rockets. The band was an immediate success and played to packed venues on a nationwide headlining variety tour and received rave reviews from the critics. His record company, Philips, hailed him as ‘The King of Rock ‘n‘ Roll in Britain.’ The band made two singles, ‘Jingle Rock’ and ‘Don’t Knock The Rock’ and one 10” LP ‘Rock You Sinners’ which was also the name of Britain’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll Film released in 1957 that they also featured in. 

Art Baxter and his Rock and Roll Sinners were unique and our book charts their tour in intimate detail, and is also full of never before known facts and never before seen photographs that will intrigue the music lover. The book also chronicles the demise of the ‘Sinners,’ Art’s subsequent life and his subsequent climb back to success through sheer hard work and a lot of luck.  

When Art came out of prison in 1965 he moved back to Thanet and tried to resurrect his singing career. He was hanging out by the Kent Hotel along the seafront at 17 Marine Terrace in Margate, now ‘The Flamingo’ amusement arcade, where the landlord, Charles Banks, put on live music. Art heard a pianist playing inside and went over and started singing the hymn ‘The Holy City,’ after which a huge crowd gathered and spilled outside ten-deep onto the sidewalk. Vernon Jones who ran the ‘Riviera Club’ in the basement of the ‘Modern Restaurant’ close by at number 36 Marine Terrace, saw the crowd and went to see who was singing and this is how he first met Art. 

Vernon became a friend and mentor to Art and helped him back on his feet by ‘kitting’ him out and encouraging him to audition for Sidney Rose, one of his many contacts in the pub / club / entertainment business, at the ‘GI Club’ on the New Road in Chatham, also known as ‘The Naval Auto Club.’ Art kept his association going with Ronnie Scott and often went to and from London in between singing at the GI Club. He also looked to sing anywhere he could and one day walked into a music pub in Camberwell, the Father Red Cap, got up on the stage and sang some numbers and as a result secured a contract with landlord Ron Hartigan. Like Vernon, Ron also became a friend and mentor to Art and they stayed friends until the day Art passed away. Through these associations Art’s career re-established itself and over the next decade he became a South London legend at the ‘Frog and Nightgown Club’ and also a regular singer and The Bridge Hotel in Westgate-on-Sea for inventor, businessman and entrepreneur Vernon Jones who still lives in Margate and who very kindly donated some never before seen photographs of Art Baxter during the 1980s at his hotel. 

Art Baxter died, still singing, in 1997 at Greenwich Hospital in South East London. 

So, at long last the paperback version of the Art Baxter Story ‘From Here To Obscurity In 240 Days’ has been printed and is available from the 25th October through eBay and details can be found by inputting ‘Art Baxter From Here To Obscurity In 240 Days’ in the search box;

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/

 The biography gives a remarkable insight into his life and of the 1950s music scene in some detail.

 ‘From Here to Obscurity in 240 Days’ is published by Jules P. King through Amazon and is available from 20 May 2013 priced at £7.99 (ISBN 978-0-9576268-0-5). Julian King has also published a tribute website to ‘Art Baxter the singer’ which is released the same day, and can be seen via; www.artbaxter1926-1997rocknroll.com

Julian King - 9 Barrington Mead,  Sidmouth,  Devon 01395-515190   
Eric Gomm - Derwent, Effingham Road, Burstow,  Surrey  RH6 9RP 01342-713487                 


Jive Aces Toyota Positive

PriusThe Jive Aces are from our area but tour the world on a regular basis were recently approached by Saatchi and Saatchi to take part in the Toyota Positive campaign which aims to inspire people to do good deeds and get the chance to borrow a special Eco-friendly Prius for a day to do them in.

They had great fun making the video and doing our good deeds which were playing two surprise concerts for old people's homes in South London. CLICK HERE to watch the video and please share it. If you'd like to get involved and borrow a Prius to do a good deed, find out how

Over two years after it's release their recording Bring Me Sunshine continues to spread the warmth. Firstly it has enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio 2 on both Anneka Rice and Elaine Paige's shows and just last week the Daily Express ran a great article on how the video has been cheering everybody up with over 2 million hits so far.

Jive Aces gig guide is Here


New Free App for Gig Posters now available from Split Gig

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It’s a new and easy way to promote your Gigs!


Red Admiral Records released the 1997 MIRAGE album 'Living On A Line' on 8th March 2013

Mirage the Dutch pop band, and almost inseparable foursome have performed on numerous stages over the years since they formed in 1989.Touring throughout Europe and China.

Three of the four band members have a classical music education. An influence that is evident in much of their music. Working closely with such diversified orchestras as: the "Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest" (the Netherlands); the "Schönberg-Ensemble" (USA); Symphony Orchestra Aachen (Germany); and the "Düsseldorfer Symphoniker" (Germany).

Thae band have plans to make their next album later this year.
http://www.redadmiralrecords.com/Mirage.html


NEWS FROM THE BOTTLENECK

Hello Everyone

Well, an apology is owed for the poor sound quality experienced at the last show.  Please be assured this is under control and we now have now secured the services of a new regular sound man, having lost the previous one, who will be starting at this month's show.

Here is John Cordingley's report:

We had an eventful evening with the Bare Bones Boogie band who played for the first time at the club.  A four piece band that was very different to what we normally have and unfortunately they got off to a bad start as the sound mix was not right but after a few numbers the sound improved so that Helen Turner on vocals could be heard.  She had a great voice and put her all into it, very expressive and energetic and good stage presence. On lead was Iain Black  on his Les Paul standard who showed what he could do with solos in most of the numbers.  Andy Jones was on drums and Trev Turley on his Fender bass both working together albeit a trifle loud. The band played many of their numbers one of which was “Wings” which has been nominated for the British blues award; this came across very tight and rehearsed. They finished up with that old standard I’d rather go blind which ended the evening. Thanks to all of you that supported the evening and also the raffle.  John

Thank you John, and to Terry and Sandra as well.  

This month we have a bit of a bonus for you.  Originally, we had Storm Warning booked as we couldn't quite fit into Eddie Blue's May UK and European tour schedule, however, Eddie has now agreed to come over early and do our show.  Therefore, we now have Eddie Blue and the Storms (being Eddie Blue backed by Storm Warning).  Eddie is a saxophonist and vocalist from Texas with an amazing pedigree, including having played with Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox and puts on a show "only the original US guys can do".  We already know Storm Warning are a great band, having appeared in their own right at the club before.  The full poster will be available on our website shortly, so please do check it out.

So, that's Eddie Blue and the Storms appearing Tuesday 30th April.  Tickets £10, doors open 7.30pm and band on stage 8.45pm.  Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table.  Further information, location map etc. available at www.bottleneckblues.com.  Bookings to me at the return email address.

Many thanks

. Richard Dobney Bottleneck Blues Club richard@bottleneckblues.com

Margate Theatres Unite

Thanet Leisureforce has agreed terms with Thanet District Council for the management of the Theatre Royal, Margate. The current operations of the Theatre Royal will fully transfer to Thanet Leisureforce and all existing contracts and programmed events will be unaffected by this change.

Thanet Leisureforce will undertake a review of the current business to ensure the theatre is able to continue to operate within the reduced available budget whilst building on the successes achieved by the Theatre Royal Trust and the current management.


 


News from 2012

TW Forum - One of Kent's last indie venes tell it as it is in Guardian article.


Dorian Gray Charts again after 45 years

Hello Chris
A bit of news about myself really, I am still going strong and fronting my band Unit Five.

In 2011 my hit single I've got you on my mind, stayed in the charts for over 7 week in 1968 has been featured on a compilation album called BBC Sounds of the 60's which reached the top 20 charts and has also been featured on another album called Honey Honey. This peaked summer 2012 at no 2, which meant in a way I was back in the charts after 44 years.

Other news is that I have written a biography, called The Other Dorian Gray, all profits are going to Parkinsons, it is self published, but the sales have been out of this world really and going to a good cause.

I was pleased to be able to perform as a part of Dave Tewes memorial concert on November 18th 2012 held in support of the Medway Maritime Hospital Stroke and Cardiac Unit. An evening of country and pop music introduced by Roger Twiggy Day, and featuring Roger Humphries, Eddison Lighthouse, Jonny Young Band, Chicory Tip, Vanity Fair, Dorian Gray and Unit 5.

More about Dorian at Kent MusicBiz


Funke and the Two Tone Baby

A Kent based musician, off on a one man, psychedelic, blues-based, loop-induced musical journey has announced a winter UK tour.

After slots at some of the country’s leading folk and blues festivals, including Smugglers Festival, Leigh Folk Festival and Broadstairs Folk Week, the one-man mechanical blues band is now taking his show further afield.

With a stage presence described as similar to Jack White, with ‘gravelly Dylan-esque vocals, his mix of the traditional combined with a love of electronic music brings the blues into the 21st century.

Funke is a unique act and has been reported in local and online media as being 'like a magician pulling props from a trunk to create some incredible sounds'. Always gaining recognition, and often admiration, for his power and passion - this is one artist not to miss! ...He will give you dat Harp Boy and you'll be blown away!

After over 100 shows in 2012 already, including slots with American one-man band Bob Log III on his UK tour, 3 Daft Monkeys and Coco and the Butterfields, he is playing shows locally and around the country.
His EP 'Injustice & Queen' is out now.
Tour - Beginning on November 25 in his home county of Kent, Funke will play eleven venues from Coventry, Gloucester, Oxford and London more at : http://www.facebook.com/funkeandthetwotonebaby


 

 


Katie Bradley - She's Ready:

Katie has recently recorded a Blues album with some great award winning musicians. The album is called "She's Ready" and is a mixture of classics and originals. The tracks have been pre-released to Blues Radio Stations across the globe and have topped the playlists of Top Blues Dj's including Gary Grainger, awarded British Blues DJ of 2012. The musicians on the album include Dudley Ross (guitar), Paul Jobson (keys and vocals - Joss stone), Sam Kelly (drums- Chaka Khan) and Joe Sam (bass).

This is Katie's proudest recording to date and her original track has been complimented by many including Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters eldest son) which is high praise indeed. Overall the album is a not only a milestone for Katie, but great fun and a good time record full of great Blues tunes.
Available now to buy from
www.katiebradleyblues.com


Henry Sparks

Canterbury songwriter/musician Henry Sparks has created a sampler promo from his forthcoming album.

Influenced by English and American Folk and his experience as farm hand, pizza slinger, carpenter, architect and lecturer Henry has continuosly changed the style of his personal style of music since the heady days of the 80s.

He was the founder of DIY punk innovators Longport Buzz and roots pioneers Bootfare. Currently working with Canterbury's The County Counts and stateside with The New City Wates.

More info http://www.myspace.com/henrycdsparks


Theatre Royal

Hi Chris
We've spent some time putting together a bit of a DIY music video for recent b-side ‘Down South With The Chameleons’ using old stock footage. Take a peek at some Cowboys fighting, Mariachi’s singing and prairie dogs howling the backing vocals as we make our escape from suburbia.

If you like it then feel free to share it to the world…
http://wearetheatreroyal.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=a51efcea2113be6f720f1235c&id=c82602e737&e=8472d47254

‘a rollicking piece of indie that’s seems like it’s beamed itself in from the late 80s, asking us why it was never a hit.’ - The Sound Of Confusion

Over and out

Oliver, Robbie, Brendan and Jon
TR
www.wearetheatreroyal.com
Mooli

Hey Chris
How are you doing?


Hope all is well.

We haven't done an update for a little while , so thought we'd better put that right.

Firstly we are having an Ep launch party and headline gig at the legendary 100 Club ( 100 Oxford street, W1)  on November 13th, supported by a couple of great acts in singer songwriters Nikki Loy, and Julius Cowdrey. He of the cricketing dynasty.

It will be great if you can make it down to the 100 Club. Tickets are £10 on the door, and doors open around 7pm. 

We've been recording tracks for the Ep, which is a 4 track Ep containing the songs, Love Hurts, Frozen ( new recording of) , One Chance, and Everyone is famous. Guesting on 
' One Chance' is Guitarist Steve Harris from stadium rockers Archive, and formerly the guitarist with Gary Numan. 


The Ep has been mastered by the mastering guys behind recent releases by U2, the Killers and kelly Clarkson, so we're in good company.

Good news is that we're going to have CD's available for the Ep, as well as digital downloads.

Other than that, there will be a couple of acoustic gigs happening on the same day- October 27th. One is a support slot with Geno Washington at the half Moon in putney, and the other is a charity gig for Oxfam, called Oxjam, which is happening at the Melrose in Shepherd's Bush, and curated by the label ' Wall of sound' .


And finally, we shoot a new music Video next weekend in London, with a great cast, a US Director and crew, which we can't wait to get our teeth into. Once it's all done and dusted, we'll send you a little link where you can preview it.

Meanwhile for a preview of a couple of the tracks from the ' Love Hurts EP' please check out our soundcloud page

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and talk soon.

Kristina & Ben xxx

Surfthechannel owner Anton Vickerman, from Gateshead has become the first person in Britain to be jailed after piracy conviction.

Surfthechannel.com indexed links to online videos, illegally copied TV shows and films, the owner has now been sentenced on 2 counts each of 4 years in jail to run concurrently, surely a sentence that should send a strong message to those running similar sites that they could be arrested and end up in prison."

Vickerman had collaborated with other parties to put the pirated material online, thereby depriving musicians, film producers and TV companies of an estimated £98m in lost revenues. The 38-year-old hired others to source material and carry out back-end functions was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud in June for "facilitating" copyright infringement. Apparently he ran the site through a limited company, called Scopelight, which sent earnings to a bank account in Latvia.

In 2010 Teeside resident Alan Ellis, who founded the Oink site, denied conspiracy to defraud.

Teesside Crown Court was told he had $300,000 in his Paypal account when his home was raided in 2007. The website was taken down, there were approximately 200,000 active members with access to about 200,000 audio files with 21 million downloads of those available files. Membership to Oink was free, but by invitation only, and anyone wishing to propose a friend had to make a five dollar payment. He hadn't sung a note or played an instrument, he hadn't produced anything. The money was not going to the people it rightly belonged to. Described as "a large-scale, professional, clever, technical ripping off" of musicians and labels.
He was found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud. Could this be the lack of ability to charge villains with a charge that will stick?.

Megaupload.com - Shut down by US Department of Justice and assets siezed. Lawyers recently failed in their bid to have criminal copyright charges dismissed, leaving open the prosecution of individuals or owners involved with the company including extradition of a German from New Zealand.

Meanwhile there are Russian based mp3 sites selling downloads of the latest and prime music albums for pennies without having licence to the recorded work. Claiming that Russian copyright law permits them ripping off owners from proper royalties. Google and other search engines have failed to delete the links to to these sites and transactions are through formerly respected card handlers. The import of the music over the web into other countries is still being investigated by copyright organisations and large record companies. This nightmare of International copyright law is costing the UK music business and recording owners a fortune. Recently experts have ruled that "Making Available" can be treated in the same manner as sale breach or theft.

So if you want dodgy Russian downloads of chart material, go ahead, but it's your bankcard you are using without any guarantee that if or when things go wrong that you will come out a winner or that under-value sales are a means to obtain your personal information.

Written with bias that comes from finding Kent musician's music on perceived illegal sites bringing no financial benefit to the the artists writers and musicians. Just thieves.


Just a quick note to let you know that there is a new episode of Labelled Independent - The New Music Podcast available now for free if you'd like to listen!

If you enjoy brand new music, you can hear some at the links below. If you would like to support independent UK music and you like what we are trying to do with the podcast.

Here are the links, thanks in advance!
Subscribe/listen via iTunes: http://bit.ly/labelledindyitunes

Featured artists include: Robinson (Palawan Productions), The Levellers (On The Fiddle/Top Button Digital), Screaming Maldini (Alcopop), Hoodlums (Blow The Whistle Recordings/Helen Jenkins PR), Mellor (Top Notch), Baddies (Medical Records), Eugene Francis Jr (Hole In The Road PR), Belleruche (Tru Thoughts).

Thanks for your time, hope you enjoy the show,
Steve

Steve Boniface
Creator - Labelled Independent - the New Music Podcast


Dover Community Radio is BIG Lottery Funded
 
 
Dover Community Radio is more than a little pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by The BIG Lottery Fund.
 
These funds will now allow the Community Radio station to grow its programming and widen its services to the Dover District Community.
 
To do this we obviously need MORE volunteers, more presenters, more technicians, more reporters.
 
Whether experienced, novice, curious or just mildly interested come and help us celebrate, and find out more about how to get involved, at our First Birthday Party, to be held in Pencester Gardens, Dover between 2 and 4pm Sunday August 12th.
 
M'Larki will be playing LIVE on The Pavilion, with a set that covers favourite songs from the past 50 years and the DCR Roadshow will also be appearing.
 
YOUR RADIO STATION NEEDS YOU

Sittingbourne Community Radio 106.9 SFM

Sittingbourne Community Radio 106.9 SFM goes live on goes live on the 26th July bringing new ideas and presenters to local radio.

Jason McCrossan is presenting a programme on Monday nights called Monday Matters 7pm-10pm which will include local live music info.

Jason's s first show will be on the 30th July. If you have information that would be of interest to listeners in the Sittingbourne area why not let him know what's happening whether it is already on www.kentgigs.com or not.

Jason McCrossan
Monday Matters 7pm-10pm Mon
mondaymatters@publicist.com


The Value of The Pub

Dartford and Margate in Kent have been chosen amongst the first 12 towns to benefit from a share of £1.2 million in Government cash to pilot schemes unveiled in retail guru Mary Portas’s review of the high street. The money will be used to rejuvinate areas of need including pop-up shops and job club services, opening up central spaces for use by classes and clubs.

There are those that feel pubs will benefit from from the awards. We at Kentgigs doubt it, unless hight street pubs are prepared to use their premises diversely with the needs of the community in whole as places to meet, work, relax, entertain and come together as a community.

The Lost Pubs Project shows 1,045 lost pubs in Kent, the list is not complete and will surely grow as government taxes on alcohol and peoples changing leisure patterns move away from the traditional boozer.

Kentgigs aka. Kent & E Sussex Gig Guide has promoted live music in 1000's of regional pubs and other venues over the last 31 years. Over half of those businesses have failed more than once before the fatal event that wiped out a local, a venue or building and destroyed livelyhoods.

Ok. So with less pubs about, are the survivors looking at a rosy future?

What can your local hostelry offer that will encourage you away from soap and pop idol TV?

Has the environment in you local driven you to spend your leisure time elsewhere.

Has your local still got a Darts team, Pool team, Quiz team.

Is your pub a part of the community, putting on events, coach trips, BBQ's, etc?

Is your local putting on Live Music, karaoke, disco, comedy, Dining with entertainment etc. and are they promoting it through our services or waiting for passing trade.?

Comments to feedback@kentgigs.com

Martin Young The Market Inn Faversham is doing all those things. Comedy last Saturday night. Fantastic efforts from the Landlord and Landlady, Dave and Sue. Great pub, Great music
 
 

Tim Edey - Musician of the Year 2012

credit: Kate Southall/Folk Festival Photos The brilliant and charismatic Tim Edey was named Musician of the Year at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in February and also clinched the Best Duo title with Kiwi harmonica genius Brendan Power.

On April 18 the Anglo-Irish multi-instrumental magician featured on BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding Show, along with Power, with whom just a year ago he formed an instant hit partnership, releasing the highly acclaimed debut album Wriggle and Writhe. Listen again here 28 mins in www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b01fqt1h “Sheer wonderful ebullient music” – Mike Harding

On April 23 the Kent-based musician and composer releases the eclectic and timely The Best of Tim Edey - a superb 18-track album that charts the course of his career to date and showcases his collaborations with luminaries from the Celtic music world including Sharon Shannon, Ross Ainslie , Seamus Begley and Mike McGoldrick. (Distributed by Proper Distribution).

It twists and turns between guitar jigs, polkas, a jazzy Independence Hornpipe, a tune commissioned by Broadstairs Folk Week and Tim’s compositions From Kent to Kintail, Emma’s Tune, Richard’s Minuet (for his Dad’s birthday), Little Bird (for Sharon Shannon) and the poignant Why?

“Edey’s unbelievably technical flawless musicianship is displayed on this ten year retrospective - and as if being a fantastic musician wasn’t enough he also displays a talent for tune writing with his own wistful melody ‘Little Bird’. Jaw-dropping.” - Folkwords.

See Tim performing Little Bird here www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7AjRe4pgnE

A hot property in the contemporary worldwide Celtic music scene, Tim’s phenomenal melodeon and guitar playing is featured prominently on Irish legend Christy Moore’s 2011 album, and his touring and recording credits read like a who’s who of the Celtic scene: Capercaillie, Sharon Shannon, Lunasa, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Altan and Mary Black. Tim has also recorded three solo albums of his own and one with guest musicians called Tim Edey: The Collective.

 In a dazzling display of fretwork and fingerwork, Edey demonstrates an intuitive flowing art and outstanding improvisational technique and is widely regarded as one of the finest multi instrumental players of his generation. The master musician is in constant demand on stage and in the studio and currently plays no less than 10 instruments - melodeon, accordion, acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, piano, mandolin, whistle, bodhran and bouzouki. He has appeared all over the world from Ireland to Auckland, Wales to New South Wales and featured on programmes from Later with Jools to Ireland’s RTE, BBC Alba and, most recently, with Brendan Power on BBC Radio 3’s World on 3. For a taste of Tim’s multiple talents see

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcsyFOd0TEc&feature=youtu.be

On Saturday, May 12 Tim will join Brendan Power for their first Kent gig since the Folk Awards wins. The “Folk Awards Celebration Show” UKLat Canterbury’s Westgate Hall will also mark the launch of a DVD and will help raise funds for the refurbishment of the venue which has been under threat of demolition. See www.westgatecommunityhall.org.uk

In June Tim will join the incredible 50th anniversary UK tour of six-time Grammy award winners and international ambassadors of traditional Irish music, The Chieftains, including a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall (June 8) www.thechieftains.com

Cambridge and Warwick are among the festivals Tim will be playing this summer and in November he will be a guest of the great Dougie Maclean at the Scottish singer songwriter’s Perthshire Amber Festival before he sets off on his own Celtic Christmas Tour (December 15-22).

He is unequivocably one of the UK’s finest musicians. www.timedey.co.uk/



The New CD by Eddie Armer & Dave Beckett
'Blue Shadow Falling'

Eddie Writes

I have a new CD out with the wonderful Mr David Beckett. 
'Blue Shadow Falling' has been lovingly recorded over a six month period at RMS Studios in London.

"Dave and I are delighted with the finished result of our new album 'Blue Shadow Falling', an eclectic mix of blues, ragtime, skiffle, folk and jazz influences. Dave’s guitar playing is masterful and I believe he has the most blues laden voice for singing songs of angst and pain and when he sings 'my gal' is gone', you believe him! In contrast, I sing three tracks in my throw-away skiffle style, which all hopefully helps to make for a diverse and interesting sounding album."

We invited four special guests to join us on a selection of tracks. Firstly, Dick Quinnell playing Sousaphone, which if you have never seen this instrument in operation, it looks (and some would say sounds) like a complete plumbing system (not me Dick)! Also the magnificent Jon Wigg on fiddle and the hawser like playing of Don Newport on 5 string double bass, steadfastly holding us in the groove. And finally to prove that nepotism really does begin at home, my daughter Megan joins me on a vocal rendition of ‘Jesse James’.

If you enjoyed the Lonnigans’ last album and you are a ‘completist’, then you must add ‘Blue Shadow Falling’ to your collection.

Blue Shadow Falling Lonnigan Records. SQP07BA   Track 1: Rattlesnaking Daddy (Blind Boy Fuller) Track 2: When Did You Leave Heaven? (Bullock) Track 3: Little Queen of Spades ( Robert Johnson) Track 4: Wild About My Lovin' (Trad. arranged Beckett & Armer) Track 5: Let The Mermaids Flirt with Me (Mississippi John Hurt) Track 6: St James' Infirmary (Trad. arranged Beckett & Armer) Track 7: Back Door Man (Trad. arranged Beckett & Armer) Track 8: Glory of Love (Billy Hill) Track 9: Blue Shadow Falling (Buddy Moss) Track 10: Three Handed Woman (Taylor) Track 11: My Gal is Gone (Tampa Red) Track 12: I'll Be Your Cook (Bo Carter)  

Bonus Track: Jesse James (Trad. arranged Beckett & Armer)

http://www.thecreativecartel.org/


Market Inn Faversham Wins Coveted Award

The Landlord and Landlady of the Market Inn at Faversham have won the nationwide “Music Makeover Award” Competition. A contest organised by PRS For Music in partnership with the Musician Union and the British Beer and Pub Association.
The victory brought a cash prize to improve the music facilities and expert advice on staging music events.

Keith Beauvais who has written songs for Sting, Tom Jones and Take That attended a special event to open the new music room and Landlord Davis Potts was awarded a gold Music Makeover disc by David Wilson of the BBPA and Keoghan Litchfield of PRS.

The Market Inn then held an Open-Mic night with guest local bands including Get Carter, The Hoots and others who entertained the packed audience.

The Market Inn has been building a great reputation as a live music venue with the bands and fans with it’s newly funded PA, stage and backdrop.
 
See www.kentgigs.com/ listing for more details.


BIGGER, badder, better!”. Theatrical hard rockers Captain Mildred are returning after a 15-month break
“This is rock n roll cabaret! Everything about this show is over the top,” says frontman Matt Silk, “even my mic stand is, frankly, ludicrous.
“It’s why we decided to take a break - we wanted to come back with lots of new toys and make everything about a Mildred gig even more crazy than it was before.”

The five-piece, from Ramsgate and Herne Bay, are already known for augmenting a hard rock set with stunts and illusions. Silk could often be seen with his hands shooting flames or seemingly putting a knife through his arm. “It’s all very tasteful!” claims the vocalist, unconvincingly. “We use a lot of magictype illusions but it’s not about being a magic show, it’s about dramatising the songs.
“I grew-up loving Kiss and Alice Cooper - bands that gave you something to watch, as well as listen to. It’s great fun trying to do that in a pub gig setting.”

And the band’s setlist?
“Before our break, we’d been gigging for 10 years - so we’re playing all the songs that have been our favourites from over that time, some of which we’ve not done in a very long time - plus a few brand new ones.
“Without giving away too much, Green Day, AC/DC, Biffy Clyro, Iron Maiden, Madness and Abba are all featured..”
Did he really say Abba?
www.captainmildred.com


The Live Music Bill introduced by Peer Tim Clement-Jones and promoted in the Commons by MP Don Foster became law on 8th March 2012.

The Live Music Act means that small venues in England and Wales (under a 200-person capacity) will no longer need local authority permission to host performances of live amplified music between the hours of 8am-11pm.

There will be no audience limit for performances of unamplified live music. The legislation is likely to come into force by autumn 2012.

The global success of our industry is dependent on a flourishing network of small venues, where tomorrow's headliners can learn their craft and develop their career. Allowing these venues the freedom to host live music is a huge boost for British artists and means more opportunities for developing talent, as well as enriching our local communities and the economy overall.


A Great Week for Kent Folk

June Tabor & Oysterband’s album ‘Ragged Kingdom’ has just won 4 Awards in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on 8th February , a great mark for some Kent musicians and E. Sussex producer Al Scott. A real heads up also for Tim Edey who won Musician of The Year  and with  Brendan Power who won Best Duo.

Chris Taylor of Faversham a former musician in Fiddler's Dram and Oyster Band is now a prime member of 'Bowstring', his arrangements and original music is featured on their new album "Vinnie's Return" available today 14th Feb on iTunes through Kent label Red Admiral Records.

Bowstring are:

Chris Taylor
- Bouzouki, Mandolin, Button Accordion, Mouth Organ, Vocals
Ramona Egle - Violin, Whistles, Vocals
Zinta Egle  - Guitar, Vocals
Martin Young - Cittern, Guitar, Vocals, Caller
Chris Sadler - Concertina, Guitar, Mandolin and vocals
 Special Guest Lucy Randall - Percussion

http://www.martinyoung.org.uk/bowstring/ 

iTunes

Album Art Bowstring
Album: Vinnie's Return
Folk/ World /Celtic
Red Admiral Records
CD Downloads 14th February

St Patricks Events
Kent's top Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band might just be able to fit you in. 01795 538238
Bowstring check for free dates


Fate The Juggler
signed publishing to Cringe Music their debut album "The Ghost Of Beauty Lost" was released on Red Admiral Records.
Release date: Feb 6th 2012
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Played on Labelled Independent The New Music Pod
Podcast £12 Feb 16th John Is.... http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/labelled-independent-new-music/id447771533

They may be hiring a coach to take people up to the London gigs, so if you know of anyone who would be interested the tickets include return coach fare. Contact ftjuggler@aol.com


Musing

Thoughts for the day, what does the future hold

Notes to an an editor on an article in their jazz mag for December

We have all noticed a  reduction in audiences over the past three years, it is not just jazz or the age of music fans. There has been a stream of reasons given by pubs, promoters and bands for this; but not many people ask 'punters' why they don't support the bands as they used to.
Fact show that peoples lives change and new generations don't do what their parent did, fashions change and the popular media seems to control them. How many never go out in case they miss the latest soap episode? How many claim it is too expensive even at a free pub gig. Can't Smoke. Can't drink and drive. Clubs too clicky? Bands rubbish compared to TV, internet video experience, rude bar staff, no parking - It's endless. Is the reality that they have not been encouraged enough or just aren't interested?.

Perhaps a survey is due but who can you ask. A difficult bias would come about if you actually asked people at a gig.
If you asked people in the street, they would probably be those who have not participated in the live music scene ever. What a dilemma.
The quality of live music in Kent is generally of a high standard but some acts have forgotten how to entertain or dress to impress or be noticed. Compare the picture of *** in your mag with say, Bill Barnacles Band or the Jive Aces at an event. You don't see professionals perform without the garb. In all cases the music can be good but who is putting in an effort for the audience and who has just bothered to come in from turning the compost to go down the pub. Not meaning to be unkind but a show is a show wherever is it taking place. This disregard for the audience is general is in most local music scenes so I am not just picking on one genre.  

On the non-jazz band scene there is similarity but with venues coming into fashion and then being avoided for one reason or the other. Consistency of success being due to good landlord and staff with the right acts. In the main, covers bands in a particular genre or they are running an in-place for indie bands that other pubs won't pay for or don't want to serve the audience. In between there are the other venues who haven't made their mind up yet because they have not counted the takings over the right amount of time to choose their direction. Getting it wrong means failure, emotionally and financially. And maybe the loss of another venue.


Whilst you and I are busy trying to promote the action in our respective arenas there are many landlords and promoters unaware of cheap effective promotion and expect people to turn out just because there is and a band on.
Wrong.
Most people don't give a damn and carry on as normal watching the telly, video, computer with a cheaper beer.. Even in the last century most of the pub audience at gigs were made up of musos not working that night along with their partner or friends. Having promoted live events through the media over the past 30 years we have seen massive changes and even then cannot see the future but one thing is certain. Bands, Venues and Promoters need to use all means to promote their events with good acts from the locality or elsewhere that can encourage and hold an audience, regulars or new disciples.   After Christmas is over it's gonna be tougher.    Phew! another year passes.
Chris www.kentgigs.com
Comment welcome to - feedback@kentgigs.com

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Hi Chris, I total agree with your news letter re: why folks don't' turn out at gigs.
However I have noticed over the last 3 years performing on solid silver there is NO noticeable decrease in attendance. An age group used to listening to live music, they don't' go to pubs despite the smoking ban... Disposable income" perhaps. Anyway VF are in for another busy time with Solid Silver. check out our new web site for dates.
Have a great Christmas & all the best in 2012

Mark www.vanityfare.co.uk

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One good reason for my dwindling attendences is displayed on the front of the February Kent Jazz News.
As far as I am concerned 'funky' doesn't rate a mention in connection with jazz. When that word appears to describe a jazz event I know that I won't be going. I've been. I didn't like it.
Roy M
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Sean Docherty of the country Band Alabama Express is presenting a a Country Music show on Wednesday nights 9pm to 10.30pm on Dover Community Radio. 

DCR is a community Internet station serving Dover District but available worldwide on the net.  It is also available on the Tunes In Radio app on I phones and I pods.

http://www.dovercommunityradio.co.uk/

Alabama Express : www.alabamaexpress.co.uk


Dave Lee (Dave Legge) passed away mid January 2012 after a short illness that forced him to pull out of the next Cinderella production at the Marlowe Theatre.

Appearances on many TV shows and in stage musicals he was an outstanding standup comedian and pantomime performer who will be sorely missed by all - "Oh! Yes He Will"

Dave was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his tireless work for childrens charites " Dave Lee's Happy Holidays' charity has raised over £2 Million since it's inception and he was to made a Freeman of the City of Canterbury on January 31st 2012

Not known for his prowess as a brilliant musician; but Dave the drummer and singer has played an active part in the Kent music scene over the years and was in the process of reforming his old band.

More info at Kent MusicBiz
http://www.kentgigs.com/musicbiz/People.html£davelegge



News from 2011


Former 'Hollyoaks' star, Tom Vaughan will be joining the Kent based The Take That Experience as their new Robbie Williams.

Tom has been performing solo shows up and down the country for the last 2 years showcasing his original material to sellout audiences.

Tom said - " I'm thrilled to now be a part of the biggest Take That Tribute Band in the UK, I'm looking forward to touring with some of the most talented performers I've met and bringing my own Robbie attitude to this already hugely successful band."

Paul Shed from Celebtime Ltd (management company of The Take That Experience)  said ... "We are delighted that Tom is joining The best Take That tribute in the UK and Europe. This will continue  to take us from strength to strength for future years to come. Dave Langton (Celebtime Ltd) added " 2012 promises to be another exciting year. The addition of Tom will will further enhance the band's recognised first class reputation that has been established through the current members hard work and talent."
Bookings: 07908 976 444
nfo@thetakethatexperience.co.uk
http://www.thetakethatexperience.co.uk


Rosco Levee
has signed publishing to Cringe Music.
The band's debut EP released on Red Admiral Records & iTunes to coincide with their launch gig at the Barnaby Rudge during the Broadstairs Folk Festival on 12th August 2011. Word spread quicly leading to a house full situation with queues of fans trying to get in.
Selected tracks form the EP are playing far and wide on the radio from local Community Radio to the BBC and USA.

CD & Downloads
More info


South Kent Band Supporting Cancer Research UK

WARNING: This email may try to sell you an album that will benefit Cancer Research UK.


Hello,
Just give me a minute before hitting your delete button.
Please.
Thanks!
I ’d like to begin with a list.
Michael Jackson,   Elton John,  Status Quo,  Nelly Furtado,  Avril Lavigne,  Michael Bublé,   Alexandra Burke,  Cheryl Cole,  JLS,  James Blunt,  James Morrison,  Joe McElderry,  Jon Bon Jovi,  Kylie Minogue,  Leona Lewis,  Mariah Carey,  Michael Bublé,  Mika,  Miley Cyrus,  Robbie Williams,  Rod Stewart,  Susan Boyle,  Take That,  Westlife,  Evanescence,  The Saturdays,  Mariah Carey,  Beyoncé,  Mary J. Blige,  Rihanna,  Fergie,  Sheryl Crow,  Melissa Etheridge,  Natasha Bedingfield,  Leann Rimes,  Katie Melua,  Madonna,  Annie Lennox,  Sting,  Emma Bunton,  Ronan Keating,  Rachel Stevens . . . . . .
 . . . . . Band Aid,  USA for Africa, etc. etc.
I could have printed page after page. All of these people have performed on or written songs that have been sold to raise money for various charities. The concept of performing and selling music for altruistic reasons is therefore hardly new.   However, all of these people managed to sell this music using a well-known name and were therefore already affluent. Let’s add one more band name to the above list:
BLUES ACADEMY
Heard of them?
No, I thought not.
The band does exist though. If you search for their album ‘The Last Laugh’ on iTunes, Amazon Digital Downloads or Napster, you will find it. What’s more, if you purchase it, absolutely all the proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. 

When I say that the band exists, as a band that is true. However, it sadly does not exist with its original lineup. Sadly, drummer, John Fisher lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer three years ago today. He was well aware at the time of recording this album that he had limited time left with us. Despite this, the album is full of well-crafted songs wonderfully performed and is a lasting testament to John’s talent.

Nigel Feist: Vocals and Harmonica (Open Harp Surgery, LA Doors)
Rox Clayton-Scott: Vocals (The Love Junkies, Soul Sisters)
Andee Price: Bass (The Simon Hopper Band, Soul Sisters, The Marlowe Panto, every band in Kent)
Richard Ansell: Keyboards (Blues Abuse, The Jeff Barker Band, Rags2Riches, The Marlowe Panto)
Richard Rozze: Guitars (Blue Fuse, Bearing Edge)
The late John Fisher: Drums (Audience)

Here’s the puff:

Richard Ansell is a wonderful rare gem of a pianist and has surrounded himself with some wonderful musicians in the Blues Academy. I am so delighted that the Blues Academy have made this record and further, that it will help cancer charities. For all these reasons, I would not hesitate in recommending it to you.

Jools Holland
Thank you, Jools.
So, here ’s the thing. We have an album of original material for sale. All the proceeds go to Cancer Research UK. (Even if you’re abroad, medical research breakthroughs are shared throughout the medical community worldwide). You can buy it from Amazon Digital Downloads, iTunes and Napster. You can also purchase a hard copy (with an extra track) from any of the Cancer Research shops in the County of Kent in the UK.
Finally.
We are not household names (beyond our own households!). All of us are jobbing musicians. We do not have a Max Clifford-like figure to help us promote this album and cause. We just have a product that we believe in and want to share it with as many of you as possible. In doing so, we want to help a cause that is close to our hearts.   All of us have been, and continue to be, touched by cancer and we feel that many of you are in the same boat. You are our only advertising and that’s the way we want it. Please therefore, let’s use people power to shift as many of these albums as possible.  Buy the album today and forward this message to your address books, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Buying this album and persuading others to do so would provide a lasting tribute to a fine musician and friend. It may also help offer extended life or even a cure to millions of others in the future.
Many thanks for your time and we hope you enjoy the album,
Richard Ansell

BLUES ACADEMY

More info richardansell.com


"Popular Gravesend based rock band Contraband UK have now changed their name to avoid confusion with another band who have the name Contraband, they are now called LOS DESPERADOS and can be found at www.losdesperados.co.uk"

We have just received an advance copy of an unusual book on managing people by the musician and business author and speaker called Peter Cook

Peter is also an accomplished musician, having performed with John Otway, Wilko Johnson and Altered Images amongst others. He helped Bill Nelson, leader of 70’s pop art band Be-Bop Deluxe, who turned down David Bowie for a job as his guitarist, to sell out his ITV Legend’s concert.

He is the author of ‘Best Practice Creativity’ and ‘Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll’, acclaimed by Professor Charles Handy and Tom Peters.  Peter mixes up business academia with music in a heady cocktail that reaches the parts that other business gurus do not dare to touch.

His latest ‘album’ is availabe to downlaod by request here to whet your appetite.  Curiously titled “Punk Rock People Management”, it takes a critical look at Human Relations and offers some short and straightforward advice on hiring, inspiring and firing staff.  In the spirit of punk, Peter has made each chapter just two pages long – ideal for busy people and those who now browse books online.  On hearing of the idea that you could read a chapter in less time than it would take to pogo to a Ramones or Linkin Park song – international author and speaker Tom Peters tweeted just four characters to Peter – “DO IT” – That’s economy!

Peter offers keynote seminars and more traditional business consultancy without guitars, based on his ideas – you can find out more at THE ACADEMY OF ROCK and HUMAN DYNAMICS.  Connect with him at LINKEDIN or read his ROCK’N’ROLL BUSINESS BLOG for regular updates.

If you like the book, please fast forward, share and network it with colleagues and connections.  It’s absolutely OK to do this as the book is copyright free.   A full colour printed book and a KINDLE version are available.  Just click on the highlighted links.


Mooli New Release info

Hey Chris,


How are you doing?
Just thought we'd update you a little bit on what's been going on.
Firstly, the promo for our single   ' On My way home' the collaboration with Belgian DJ Producer Mac Monroe, started to go out to relevant DJ's etc this week.
The release is actually out on Oct 10th 2011. And we're looking forward to hearing this one out, and hopefully on the radio too.  
We have also shot a performance video at the ' Source Bar' in Maidstone for the song ' Love Hurts'. We shot it in Full HD, but this is a lo res link to the video.. Hope to have the Full HD version online soon.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg6cwlLgWHg
The drummer in the video, and who is part of our live band, is Paul Davis ( Sugababes, The Alarm ) . Big thanks to our friends Andy Poulastides, Jerry Jobson, and Siobhan Copland for assisting , as well as the management of the Source Bar for opening their doors to us.
We've also been recording of course, and pretty much decided on 12 tracks for the Dream Chasing album! Yah!!  
People who have heard it   on the listening sessions we've been having at the studio, have  been saying really amazing things about it, and say it contains no fillers, and that's the way we like it to be. 
We know its the age of the single download, but we'd love people to buy the album as a body of work, rather than cherry picking a couple of tunes, so we are working hard to make sure we deliver a great sounding album that we're extremely proud of. Ben describes it as ' his finest hour' musically, lol.  

Well, have a great weekend, and hope to catch up with you soon!
Ben and Kristina xx

http://www.moolimusic.com

Dover Community Radio
Newsletter
Launch Date July 31st 2011
Finally, after many months of hard work DCR is about to go live.
Recent trial test transmissions have helped us iron out a few minor glitches and balance the outputs and on Sunday July 31st 2011 Dover Community Radio will begin broadcasting, via the internet, from 12 noon with as many of our presenters taking part on the day as possible.
From Monday August 1st our regular programme schedule will be:
Monday 7pm Martin Turners Rock Show
Tuesday 7pm Gary Scott's Emporium
Wednesday 7pm Steve Banks
8pm Albert Thorp
Thursday 7pm Eclectic Allsorts
8pm Gary Scott's Soul Spectrum
Friday 7pm Terry's All Gold
8pm Underground Bass Show with Rob Fielding
Saturday 1pm The Link with Ben Pearce and Callum Mooorin
5pm The Chill Out Zone
6pm Jazz and Stuff
7pm Club Music with Marc Thorp
Sunday 12.55pm Simon's Poetry Corner
1pm The Link with Callum Moorin
4pm Sunday Artistes Request Show
6pm Your Local Insider
7pm The Gift of Health with Richard Howlett
9pm The Late Show with Steve Kennett
At all other times we will be playing DCR Non-Stop while more presenters hone their skills in our training studio ready to join us in the coming weeks and grow our schedule of dedicated programming. There’s’ still plenty of room in the schedule though and we’d be more than pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining us – this is Dover COMMUNITY Radio.

Dover Community Radio gig?   Sept 2nd - Phantom Power @ Phoenix Railway Club, In aid of Kent Air Ambulance  DCR Raffle on the night Advance Tickets Only, details from info@dovercommunityradio.co.uk

Jeff Greene Live Feat. Henry McCullough @ World Famous Silkie's 2011

Bringing back Kent memories of Henry McCullough who spent a year or two playing in local bands in Folkestone in the 70's.

From Ballinrobe in Ireland. Featur­ing Henry (from Wings/Joe Cocker and more). Listen for the fa­miliar guitar sound.
More at Kent MusicBiz



The Deccas call it a Day

Good evening folks,

It is with heavy hearts that The Deccas are saddened to say that they are no more.
After 4 1/2 years, over 120 gigs, 4 cds and 6 different members and numerous Subways the time seems right to stop.
We'll finish the new EP and get it out as a very limited run, free to anyone who would like a copy soon but until then, a huge thank you to everyone who has come to watch us over the past 4 1/2 years -it's been bloody brilliant!
(We shall keep this email address running until the end of July so if you'd like to remain in contact with any of the band members please do so before then. Thanks.)
Wes, Nick, Dave and Tony

The Deccas
www.thedeccas.co.uk
info@thedeccas.co.uk


The World Wise Webbs

Success appears to be a family trait for Kent family - The Webbs. Inspiration has flowed from Graham Webb to his children.

Graham was born with disabilities he has had to overcome whilst he built an outstanding business and bringing up his family to follow their own careers in their chosen direction - Music.
Follow them on the Web.

2011 update
The Webb Sisters play Glastonbury; Cambridge Folk Festival; - they are the great Bob Harris’ special guests (interview; and three songs live in the studio) BBC Radio 2 on Sat July 16.   Their only current gig in the south is for Brandy Wine Music – who put on super gigs – in Kent and Sussex. They play St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, on Fri July 8 2011.
Brad has done / is drumming on some of The Webb Sisters gigs – in between touring the world with Jamie Cullum.
Rod is drumming with the Backbeat Beatles and Upbeat Beatles :)

The Webb Sisters
Leonard Cohen: World Tour 2008-2009
Sting Album
Worldwide concerts as the Webb Sisters and major concert tours with artists such as Jamie Cullum, James Morrison and Jason Mraz.
www.myspace.com/thewebbsisters
www.thewebbsisters.com

Bradley Webb
Has Played With Blue Man Group, Amy Winehouse, The Webb Sisters, Ben Taylor, Hamish Stuart, Carleen Anderson, Jason Yarde, Jamie Cullum, Gilad Atzmon, Dennis Rollins, John Jorgenson, Tim Neuhaus
www.bradleywebb.com
www.myspace.com/bradthewebb
www.jamiecullum.com

Rocco Webb
Cerys Matthews (2009) -- The Dash -- Andrea McEwan (European arena tour '08) - musical poet John Hegley- Gary Dunne - Paloma Faith (Sony) - Tallulah Rendall - Amy Winehouse (live work for ‘Frank’ album) - Five O'Clock Heroes (UK tour) - Rex Radio (Kinkane), signed to EMI & B-Unique) - Plastic Heroes - Chris Kahl - The Reflections (UK).
www.myspace.com/thumpingtubs

Graham Webb MBE
Entrepeneur, Writer, Popular International Inspirational & Motivational Speaker
Officially recognised by Her Majesty the Queen, in her 2005 New Year Honours List, for his services to business and charity in Kent. Graham was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
http://www.out-of-the-bottle.com/

You may know that The Webb Sisters are great ‘ambassadors’ for Kent. They have performed over 250 concerts across the world in the past 18 months singing with Leonard Cohen in his World Tour Band. They are the only Brit’s in the band. They are also singing with STING on his new album.

More than a million programmes have been sold and the first few words in the girls biography that the girls insisted on is “The Webb Sisters hail from Kent, England.”

At many concerts, Leonard Cohen introduces them as “the sublime Webb Sisters – from Kent, England”  Here they are with Leonard laughing as he mentions (20 secs in) that they are from Kent ......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOQzAUV-r1g

The girls are great supporters of the Kent Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (KASBAH) – we have a wonderful house in Rochester named after Hattie Webb, Hattie was instrumental in the development of this new service. 

Barbara Sturgeon had the girls singing on her radio show for KASBAH when they were only aged 9 and 12 !
Graham Clarke is a big fan of The Webb Sisters and saw their concert (to 21,000 people) at the 02 Arena last year.
www.thewebbsisters.com


Tribute Concert To Crispian St. Peters now SOLD OUT

There will be a concert as a tribute to Crispian St Peters the 60's pop star
on 12th June 2011 at Ruxley Park Golf Club, Orpington in Kent.

Crispian, a native of Swanley (Real Name: Robin Peter Smith) rose to fame with his hits "The Pied Piper" and "You Were On My Mind" in the 60's but the rich life of being a Pop Star can be a short one. Crispian continued working in the music business for many years and suffered traumas in his personal life and health problems that finally ended his performing days.

Just before he died in 2010 he said that he had nothing left but his very good friends and his music.
His very good friends will be performing his music as a benefit. Putting on this concert to raise money towards a headstone for Crispian's grave at Swanley befitting the icon he was.

Gary Silver and Margaret Rose will be performing and a Country & Sixties Band from Crispian's circle & Gambler with Richard Headingly as compere for the night.
12th June 2011
Ruxley Park Golf Club, Orpington, South East, England, BR5 3HY
7pm to 11pm
Entry £5 SOLD OUT
http://crispianstpeters.com/


Scam Emails to musicians offering gigs
It appears that a new round of old scam emails that could entice musicians to give personal and financial details to be included in an event.
We suggest you don't visit even visit the site given. It is cleverly worded except that immediately you may note it is out of date and refers to other dead sites promoters and information.

M Geary is refered to as him and her. Dr & Rev and even claims he / she have been targeted by scammers.

Information and notes on the web are easily found and point to the whole thing being highly suspicious.

Read safely about the risk
http://musformation.com/2009/05/beware-of-the-heritage-music-company.html
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/music/story/2009/05/19/calgary-band-internet-scam.html?ref=rsshttp://www.fiddlehangout.com/archive/8799 Mrs.Veronica Taylor Festival Director of Heritage Music Company exposed?

header of scam email
REV.M.GARY
HERITAGE MUSIC COMPANY
Heritage House,
6 Eldon Street,
EC2M 7LS ,
London United Kingdom
Contact Centre : +44 7045707174
Available 08:30 to 18:00 ( UK time)
Website:http:www.heritage-awards.tk - tk the riskiest domain in the world.
Did you know? The only way to get to Tokelau (450 miles NW of Samoa) is by boat from Apia, Western Samoa. The trip takes 37 hours.


Respected Performer

My Name is Rev.Mike Gary Festival  Director of Heritage Music Company
here in the London UK . A company that specializes in promotions of
events in the entertainment industry.We promote and gives
international exposure to musicians and entertainers all over the
globe.To position London as a cultural centre for world-class
performing arts in United Kingdom,the capital london will be hosting
the International Festival of Dance and Music for the ninth
consecutive time.............................................................................blah blah blah....................


St George's Day
23rd April was named as Saint George's day in 1222
Because this day falls on Holy Saturday, in 2011 , it will move to May 2
Saint George is the patron saint of England. He's popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry - but actually he wasn't English at all, he was born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey and lived in 3rd century AD.
The image of George most familiar to us today, the saint dressed in a white tunic bedecked with a red cross, astride his stallion, and skewering a dragon as he rescues a fair maiden, depends more on a late medieval and Renaissance ideal.
George's reputation grew with the returning crusaders. A miracle appearance, when it was claimed that he appeared to lead crusaders into battle, is recorded in stone over the south door of a church at Fordington in Dorset. This still exists and is the earliest known church in England to be dedicated to Saint George. The Council of Oxford in 1222 named 23rd April Saint George's Day.
From the 14th century Saint George was regarded as a special protector of the English. English soldiers were called to wear "a signe of Saint George" on chest and back. He became, in the popular imagination, English.
Others trace the origin of Saint George and the Dragon to Palestine,where the supposed dragon was controlled by Satan. The creature blocked the city's water supply and would only move if given a virgin sacrifice. Over time, all of the virgins were sacrificed except for the noble's daughter, and even she was sent to quench the castle's thirst. However, Saint George (or Mar Jiryis ) arrived at the last moment on his white horse, striking down the dragon with a spear between its eyes
According to the Golden Legend the narrative of Saint George and the Dragon took place in Silene, Libya. This town had a pond large as a lake where a plague-bearing dragon dwelled who was infecting all the countryside.
To appease the dragon, the people of Silene fed it a sheep every day, and when the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter. The king, distraught with grief, told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter were spared; the people refused. The townspeople were adamant that she should be delivered to the dragon just as many of their children had been. The daughter was sent out to the lake, decked out as a bride, to be fed to the dragon. Saint George by chance rode past the lake.
The princess, trembling, sought to send him away, but George vowed to remain.The dragon reared out of the lake while they were conversing. Saint George fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross, charged it on horseback with his lance and gave it a grievous wound. Then he called to the princess to throw him her girdle and put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash. She and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene, where it terrified the people at its approach.
There appears to be some similarity in the fables and what is going on in Libya in the 21st Century.
It's populace fearing a monster and being fed to the jaws of death. 
St George's people are coming to the rescue again. In Libya and Afghanistan for example. Some will be maimed and others will die for the cause on behalf of Britain and freedom in the world. The music community can always be counted on to be aware of the suffering of the soldiers and their families which dos not end just because the the fighting is over for them.

On St Georges Day 23rd April 2011
Ashford Rocks at The Q Club (Godington House Godington Road Ashford Kent Tn23 1lh 01233 625088) Special Charity Gig - Rock 4 Heroes  Coranal + Thumbscrew & The Flicknife Barbers + Know Your Enemy Rock 8pm £5

Songs for Soldiers - Youtube
Afghanistan - Bob Fortune
Hey Eddie - Jeff Ettridge

Solid Silver Sixties Shows in Kent 2011- 26th Anniversary Special

Dave Berry , Chris Farlowe , Wayne Fontana , Terry Sylvester ( formerly of The Hollies ) all backed by Vanity Fare and Very Special Guests The Merseybeats


April
Friday 15th - The Leas Folkstone
Sunday 17th - The Orchard Dartford


May
Saturday 14th - Chatham Central Theatre, 2 shows 3pm & 7pm
Sunday 15th - Assembly Halls  Tunbridge Wells
Tickets

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On 28th March 2011, highly regarded young rock trio, SUPERLUNGS released their single 'Nobody'  in advance of 
  the album of the same name which is scheduled for release 2nd May 2011.
  
Superlungs were "discovered" whilst playing in a village hall in Sussex, they gained acclaim early, becoming the youngest signed rock band in Europe at an average age of just thirteen.

Along the way they have been noticed by a number of leading lights in the music industry, including world renowned performers, best selling songwriters and promoters.
One such example is an invitation by David Courtney to perform three tracks on his new album, The Show Must Go On alongside Paul McCartney and David  Gilmour.
" In just four years Superlungs has achieved far more than many bands do in a lifetime. Their music is exceptional, their stage presence remarkable and their professionalism enviable. This is, unquestionably, a class act". David Courtney
The band also attracted the attention of Pete McGlinchey of Open Times Music, who signed Superlungs to a world wide publishing deal, adding them to a list of clients including The Beatles, Oasis, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Travis and more.
Recently, Superlungs have been tipped as ones to watch by Itunes Essential chart. They have also been honored with the opportunity to open the Brighton Music awards with a live set and had the honor of opening the Brighton Music Tunnel with The Who's Roger Daltrey!
Superlungs are undertaking a series of gigs to support the release including an appearance at the Great Escape, a show recorded for 'Guitarist TV' at the Latest Music Bar Brighton on 23rd May and a major stage appearance at Meadowlands Festival on 28th May.

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY1JY5mNe6M 

The Stranglers Banned the Kent based Stranglers Tribute Band play all the hits and more with the same passion and attention to detail that the original ''men in black'' are famous for.
Black Fender Precision bass? Yep!
Telecaster? Yep!
Those classic old Hammond keyboard and Moog sounds? Yep!
Good old rocking punk attitude? Yep!

Everything from No More Heroes to Golden Brown to Peaches and beyond is delivered by professional players with years of experience behind them from festivals to European gigs and beyond.

This is a band made up of people well known for working the crowd. This isn't just nostalgia though - this a band made up of dedicated Stranglers fans. Pete the guitarist had seen them 21 times by 1990 alone !

When you are dancing and singing along that's when you will know you've just been strangled.

No more heroes? Well just for you we will bring them out one more time! http://www.thestranglersbanned.com


In aid of promoting the Bluetown Heritage Centre
Saturday, April 9th 2011
Dave Ellis and Boo Howard in the first set and one of England's best known folk singers, Jez Lowe, in the second set.

Supper will be served as usual and will be included in the ticket price of £7.50. Doors at 7.00pm and the music will start at about 8.00pm. The Heritage centre does not serve alcohol but, you can bring your own and they will be serving teas, coffees and soft drinks.
For more details contact the
Bluetown Heritage Centre on 01795662981
http://www.blutownheritagecentre.com/
or
Graham White 07990828114
sheppeyfolkandbluesclub@talktalk.com
http://www.sheppeyfolkandbluesclub.co.uk/ 


A message from Phil Wilson
London Marathon Race Day blog is up!
Please pass round!
http://runningdrums.blogspot.com/
Enjoy!

Phil.

Phil Wilson

Proudly running the 2011 Nike+ Run to The Beat London Half Marathon for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Blog http://runningdrums.blogspot.com/
Updates on training, gigs, all things Breakthrough and my fantastic opportunity on the Vodafone World of Difference program
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THE BOB DYLAN EXPERIENCE are playing at the Walmer Castle in Deal on Sat 9th April 2011 9pm

New Venue for Fiddlers Various - KentFolk
Ish - Saskia Tomkins & Brandon Scott Behara
Tuesday 29th March, 2011

The Plough & Harrow  (Upstairs Function Room) 
86 High Street, 
Bridge, nr. Canterbury,  Kent, CT4 5LA 

KentFolk Fiddlers Various - `Ish - Saskia Tomkins & Brandon Scott Behara

'Ish - an evening of music from Saskia Tomkins - violin, viola, nyckelharpa (Kentish fiddle lass, particularly known for her gypsy-jazz / Eastern European fiddle, also recent Fleadh winner, but this seems to have a contemporary slant) and Brandon Scott Behara - acoustic guitar, banjo, saxophone. 
Saskia comments : "Yes Beau, all of the above influence the new thing - sometimes, it's hard to box music, hence the 'Ish!" 
Saskia now lives in Canada, so these are now rare opportunities. 

Doors 8pm for 8:30pm

Tickets £5 - :07544 915 464 http://www.kentfolk.com/tickets

Dr. Beau Webber
www.KentFolk.com
http://www.kentfolk.com/FiddlersVarious/

Map & Directions : 
Just off the A2, 3 miles S.E. of Canterbury : http://www.ploughandharrowbridge.co.uk/directions.aspx 


Buster Plays Buster Keaton - 20th March 2011
Buster Plays Buster at Halsted Jazz Club
Buster Birch (photo above) is putting on a novel music and film night at Halstead Village Hall and will feature his quartet
(Jo Fooks-sax, Jim Treweek-piano, Pete Ringrose-bass, Buster Birch-drums).

The first set will be just the band playing some standards and the second half will be a screening of a Buster Keaton movie. Buster has produced a brand new score for the movie featuring jazz standards and some lesser known tunes and has arranged the music for the group. They will be performing it live, along with the movie, in real time.

A super event not to be missed. All the info, including a map to the venue, are on the website www.halsteadjazzclub.com.

www.busterbirch.com


Festival4Stars
Are you the next George Sampson, Susan Boyle or ’Connected ‘?

If you can sing or dance, attend a stage school or just perform in the house, then hurry and enter now before it’s too late.  Festival4stars is looking for talent from Tonbridge. 

Past winners include Kelsey Beth Crossley [Scarlett in Emmerdale], Alice Barlow [Rae in Hollyoaks], George Sampson [Winner Britain’s Got Talent, now under contract to Simon Cowell],  Faryl Smith  [Finalist Britain’s Got Talent and Universal a £2.3 million Record deal], Natalie Grace Sony BMG £1 million record deal [Angelis].  They have all achieved through top advice and direction from the top industry judges at the Festival4stars Finals.

Kent's Mandy Ellen School of Performing Arts stormed their way to winning the National Group Dance Finals against strong competition from all corners of the UK and Northern Ireland in 2010.  Gabriell Lewis Dodson from London won the National Singing Finals and as a result recorded an amazing track in an E book to be seen worldwide on the festival4stars website. If you are ambitious and have got what it takes enter on
Sunday 28th March  at Mascalls School, Paddock Wood or
Sunday 5th June at Invicta Grammar, Maidstone
invite family and friends to go along for support and receive constructive written feedback from two professional judges on the day.

Heat 1: 20th March 2011, Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton

Heat 2: 15th May 2011, Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth

Regional Finals: 26th June, BIC –Bournemouth International Centre
For all information on the rules and prizes and entry forms visit www.festival4stars.com.
Entry Forms


FREE Music for Musicians – Receive FREE Concert Tickets!

Equator run world music events in Kent and are running a FREE Music for Musicians incentive scheme exclusively for bands, soloists, artists and performs based in Kent where you can receive FREE tickets for Equators events in exchange for posting Equator events on your social networking pages.

All you have to do is post one or more of Equators events on your social network page(s) and invite your friends to receive FREE tickets for the number of your group.

It is a great way to support live music in your area and explore different music cultures for FREE!

Equator are also interested in doing leaflet exchanges where bands, soloists, artists and performs display our leaflets at yours events in Kent and Equator will display your leaflets at their events in Kent.

Equator concerts include Kasai Masai, ShivaNova, Attab Haddad Quintet, Dogan and the Deer Hunters, Robert Maseko and the Congo Beat and The Hut People performing Folk, Jazz, Indian, Flamenco, Middle Eastern and African music. For full programme go to www.equatorfestival.com

If you are interested please reply to events@shivanova.co.uk

MONEYMAKER
Moneymaker are attempting an Album Launch gig-marathon in March 2011. With 13 dates in the diary, and booking up more by the day.

With Open For Business, the debut Album from Blues Rockers Moneymaker due out on the 1st March 2011, you really should get along to see this band. With plenty of opportunities to see them play across the South East, you'd be mad to miss them.

Sarah Rayner, the amazingly talented sax player and singer, always knew that one day she would form her own blues band.
In 2009 she found the bass player she had always been looking for in Rob Skinner. Plus Rob has a damn good singing voice too.
From a previous band she drafted in guitarist Pete Lugg who can play the blues laid back and easy, or be in your face and dangerous before you know it.
A legion of drummers have tried to keep up with this trio and hopefully the drum throne will stay occupied by Ian Saunders, whose sense of humour is almost as subtle as his drumming....

Blues roots combined with a powerful rock influence make this band one to watch. Sarah and Pete will always battle with sax and guitar to take the band to new heights every gig.
If you like to watch a gig from the bar at the back of the venue, look out because this band will come and get you!
Their first gig was supporting Ruthless Blues at the Boom Boom club. Very well received by the audience the band pushed on to play the Charlotte Street blues club, London and recently supported Tommy Castro on part of his recent British tour.

“I predict Moneymaker are going to make a lot of money! Great Band”
......Tommy Castro, winner of 4 Memphis Blues Awards 2010

"If you're looking for smoking hot, hard-rockin' blues from a band that knows how to play 'em right, bank on Moneymaker. These cats are the real deal." .........Charles Benoit, Jazz FM, New York

“Moneymaker are a good time, sax blowing, riff driven, groove laden rock/blues band with enough light and shade to bake two soufflés. Season
with amounts of judicious volume, well chosen songs and sprinkle with Male
and Female lead vocals and you have all the ingredients for a great night out!" .......... Pete Feenstra

Gigs booked so far for March. Check our website http://www.moneymakerband.com for new ones added every day.
3rd March: Piries, Horsham (9PM)
4th March: The Railway, Bromley (9PM)
5th March; Flairz Retro Bar, Hastings (9PM)
9th March: The Plough Faversham (9PM)
10th March: The Wingspan, Crawley (9PM)
12th March: The Carlisle, Hastings (9PM)
17th March: Top of the hill Venue, Richmond (9PM)
18th March; The Riga Bar, Southend (9PM)
19th March: The Ark, Newhaven (9PM)
20th March: The Victoria Institute, Arundel (3PM)
24th March St Anne's Castle, Great Leighs, Essex (9PM)
25th March: The Chelsea Bar, Eastbourne (9PM)
27th March: The Queens Head, Rye (4PM)


MelonHeadMan kick-start 2011 with their new single ‘This Life’ which is already being played on Q radio.

Lead singer and band svengali is Simon Savage. A blur of creative energy, who's creative sinews have stretched in the past from organising raves at out of town MP's houses in the 90's through to interviewing some of the music worlds best known names for a video company. His true passion is fronting MelonHeadMan. Up front, low, down and dirty is where you will find Savage as he leads his band through every incendiary live set.  Martial arts expert Rob Landau on the drums and Tim Farmer on bass provide a solid foundation to lie back and groove. On rhythm guitars, you’ll find Ted Rogers a menacing tree surgeon, but a charmer at heart. Adding a bit of frost, a sprinkle of sparkle, that’ll be young Sam Woods on the ivories and Melody on backing vocals. MelonHeadMan brought their storming set to London when they headlined Southern Live at the 100 Club in March 2010.

They also play the following live dates: Jan 27 - Cricketers, Canterbury, Kent, Feb 11 - The Good Companions Croydon, Surrey, Mar 10 - Cricketers, Canterbury, Kent,  Apr 2 - The Stag Theatre, Plaza Suite Sevenoaks, Kent, Apr 15 - Earls Maidstone, Kent, Jun 18 - Bridge House2 London, Aug 13 - Earls Maidstone, Kent, Dec 9 - Earls Maidstone, Kent

"Part Skynyrd, part country, part bluegrass and all moulded into MelonheadMan. The south has risen again!" Xavier Russell - Classic Rock

This is their second single to follow the huge success of their debut album The Good & The Bad and retains the bands own brand of boogalizing, highly entertaining, southern rock."Part Skynyrd, part country, part bluegrass and all moulded into MelonheadMan. The south has risen again!" Xavier Russell - Classic Rock 

 The band are blazing a trail through the swamps and mountain country of the UK, singing songs of bad doctors, medicine men, and wild-hearted women that will steal your soul!

Inspired from birth by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Black Oak Arkansas and Molly Hatchet. With humbuckers roaring and ivories tinkling, they love their Southern Boogie with a passion; their high energy shows ebb and flow like an electric rattlesnake in water...chasing a raccoon.

“They’re f*£*ing awesome!!!!”  Larry Love - Alabama 3 
“Fantastic Live too!” Andy Garland - BBC Kent

www.myspace.com/melonheadman 


The Kent, Essex and Brighton heats of Metal 2 The Masses will be held by Unified Sounds as usual in 2011.

Each area can host between 27 and 36 Bands and ALL will be cracking events! Enquiries about the format email m2tm@unifiedsounds.co.uk


If you feel your band is the kind that would fit onto the bill at Bloodstock please apply to take part in Metal 2 The Masses 2011.

Please note that Bloodstock have included a host of different genres over the years, the most obvious being heavy metal but the festival has also covered hard rock, industrial and of course all the extreme metal types.

Over the past 3 years Unified Sounds have successfully helped the likes of Snakebite, Silent Descent, Splintered Soul, Zocalo, Sanctorum, Silas, O.M.T. Denounce, Cursed As Angels, The Inbreds, SevenYearsDead and Echoes Fall play at Bloodstock. Snakebite went onto play Wacken in 2010.

Will you be next?

Heats will be based on number of applications with 3 bands per heat supplying 1 winner who will reach a second round and the winner of that going to the finals to be held over the weekend on May 28/29/30. Bands who impress with their efforts over the course of events may also be invited to play the finals and will be given equal chance to impress the Bloodstock reps who choose outright who takes the stage at Bloodstock 2011. A maximum of 10 bands will play the final from each region and a minimum of 1 band going to Bloodstock to play the Unsigned - New Blood Stage with full weekend passes for all members.


Kentgigs Logo Sponsors bandquest prizes 2009/2010/2011


The Self-Titled

Have been booked by the British Motorcyclists Federation to play at theirshow at the East of England Showground Peterborough, UK on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00am - Sunday May 15 at 5:00pm
Other bands include The Ali Clinton Band, Riff Raff, Meatloaf (Matt Shaw), Kick, Ozzie, Skatronics.
The Self -Titled re- formed in early 2010 are the product of a new generation of metal/rock bands surfacing in the UK influenced by a wide range of music ranging between classic bands such as “Black Sabbath” and “Metallica” to “Stone Sour “ and “Drowning Pool”, plus their very own style of unique metal thanks to each band members own wide and varied musical backgrounds. The bands songs are comprised of heavy grinding riffs combined with melodic passages and chorus hooks that entice the listener to want to hear more. http://www.myspace.com/theselftitleduk


ZENA JAMES is appearing at
The Woodman Jazz Club, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent with Jazz Quintet - Rob Taggart, Paul Morgan, Mike Bradley & Simon Allen
Weds 19th Jan 2011at 8pm

Zena says
"I'm singing with my funky jazz quartet just ahead of the release of my 2nd album Captivated (funky jazz-soul-pop). It's getting great reviews and is going on Jazz FM's playlist this week following recent airplay from Helen Mayhew/Sarah Ward."

The editor of Jazz Journal has published a strong review of the new album below, with two orginal tunes plus some funky rearrangements of jazz favourites and a jazzy treatment of a Michael Jackson tune.
Find out more abot Zena at www.zenajames.com
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West Country singer who brings new freshness to the old verities of the blues and jazz In the face of a multiplicity of offshoots, hybrids and tangents it’s easy to forget the continuing relevance and potential of the blues, and of black American popular music in general, for jazz.

The carefully crafted music on Zena James’s second album Captivated (Splash Point ZJSPD002) is a reminder of the link if one is needed. In a set of smooth (not so dread a word in these hands), soulful pieces, James, a former University of Surrey languages student and public relations worker raised near Bath, stands vocally exposed yet faultless, creative and compelling over a trio of piano, bass and drums with tenor weaving around and harmonising with her vocals. She manages at once to maintain tenderness and robustness, never dropping a pitch, holding firm on long notes, artfully placing a tasteful vibrato and readily bringing inventive embellishment to familiar melodies, ranging from Human Nature (sung though not written by Michael Jackson), to Stevie Wonder’s I Can Only Be Me, Arlen’s That Old Black Magic and the Killer Joe vibe of Lieber & Stoller’s Some Cats Know.

It’s a further measure of her musicality that her own pieces, Captivated and You Move Me, integrate seamlessly into the whole. Above all, at all times her voice connects thanks to a resonant and honest emotional expressiveness that never falters. In a world oversupplied with vocalistes manqués, she is an exceptional local talent that, if this good on record, must be dynamite live, especially if accompanied by a band of such rock solid but undersung ability as this: Rob Taggart (p); Simon Allen (ts); Pat Bettison (elb); Paul Morgan (b); Mike Bradley (d). Icing on the cake is that the set was recorded and produced at Derek Nash’s renowned Clown’s Pocket studio in Bexley, studio expertise handsomely matching that of its clients.... Mark Gilbert.... Jazz Journal



News From 2010
MY OLD MAN'S A DUSTMAN
Lonnie Donegan Jnr. - Thanet Artist

Fifty years ago Lonnie Donegan released the record that was to become his biggest hit;
‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’. Recorded live in Doncaster, that record has since become an institution.

There is probably only one person qualified, on the fiftieth anniversary of it’s release, to re-record it. That is Lonnie Donegan’s son, Lonnie Donegan Jnr. And that’s exactly what he has done!

Lonnie Junior’s vocal style has all the attributes of his dad’s, which is evident in this exciting new recording, creating a brilliantly up-to-date version of that great song, whilst sticking closely to it’s roots.

Available from all major download sites 
Make someone happy at Christmas, buy 'em a copy.

YouTube My Old Man’s A Dustman promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxO2nmC1kNg
(or search for Lonnie Donegan Jnr)

Watch out for: www.myoldmansadustman.com
CHARTTOPPERS RECORDS
© Tag Communications 2010.
Enquiries email: info@charttoppers.co.uk


JIMI HENDRIX MURDERED? “NOT IMPROBABLE” SAYS NOEL REDDING...

RELEASED DECEMBER 6TH 2010
JIMI HENDRIX MURDERED? “NOT IMPROBABLE” SAYS NOEL REDDING...
The name Jimi Hendrix conjures up some of the most colourful and wildest moments that the sixties produced. Hendrix arrived, he conquered and took the music world by storm, got inside your head and went onto the great gig in the sky - all by the age of 27.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, left you in no doubt that it was exactly that – an experience. A trio of musicians who came together from both sides of the Atlantic and found common ground, fame and for one third of the group not very much fortune.

For Noel Redding the bass player in the group the experience was not to be forgotten. Since the death of Hendrix 40 years ago, much has been documented about him and the group.
Looking back to the sixties and you could be thinking you are on another planet. Any history relating to that period is taken up with music and culture. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played it`s part.

Making a timely appearance is a DVD that is being put out by MNV Discs International, containing a never before seen interview with Noel Redding recorded at his home in Ireland in 1988.
It makes fascinating viewing. All the years of seeing film of them in concert and photographs of Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell, you find yourself sitting in a living room not with just a legend – but an ordinary guy talking about his early days with the group. No rock star here, no pretentious name dropping, just plain talking. Listening to him you are left wondering how they made it to top. I asked producer Will Scally who had the foresight to record this interview how it all came about.

“ I had known and been friends with Noel for many years and always found him a very upfront, straightforward guy. We often spoke about doing an interview, he wanted to speak about the band, money, drugs and the death of Hendrix and much more – even speaking about the possibility of Hendrix being murdered. He was on good form that day and wanted to record this for posterity.
Sadly Noel Redding died back in 2003 aged 57

For those interested in Hendrix, Redding and the history of sixties rock music this rare visual documentary should not be missed. 
The Redding Experience 
Release date DECEMBER 6th 2010
info supplied by
Barry Levene 3sixtypr@gmx.com


Oh No: 87% of British Musicians Make Less Than £16,000 Annually...

Forget about shooting the messenger, we're waiting to have our bodies dragged through the streets by starving artists.  But recent, UK-specific stats shared with Digital Music News continue to paint a treacherous financial picture for musicians. 

And this time, it's real professionals we're talking about.  According to the UK-based Musicians' Union, 87 percent of member artists are making less than 16,000 pounds ($25,530) a year.  The figure was actually relayed to Digital Music News by British licensing agency PPL, after we reported Songkick data showing that less than 30,000 artists are actually earning a sustainable living.  The Musicians' Union represents about 30,000 musicians across a variety of negotiations, and also offers a variety of other services.
See the whole article


Maidstone's First Pop Star BILL KENT (David Kingsman) Honoured on new CD

In 2010 Kent MusicBiz was contacted to find a master copy of The Prettiest Girl In School and thus Bill Kent was honoured and included on an album about the 2I's Coffee bar and the stars performing there it is called Rockin At The 2Is An Album also stuffed with great hits of the time by notables such as Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Wee Willy Harris, Adam Faith, Lonie Donegan, Terry Dene, The Vipers, Marty Wilde, Vince Eager, The Drifters, City Ramblers,Vince Taylor, Lonnie Donegan, Frankie Vaughn and Chrs McDevitt see also Andrew Ing's Book Rockin at the 2i's Coffee Bar

First spotted, by local Band Leader, Roy Jones, Dave sang at several of Roys bookings during the Band's breaks. He later Joined, Maidstone's Variety Time Revue. Sang in Prisons, Hospitals, and other charity workplaces.

Whilst singing at The Hazlett Theatre Maidstone on one of the charity shows he was spotted by the Ballroom manager of The Royal Star Hotel who asked Dave if he would like to sing at the Royal Stars next big dance on a Saturday night. The Ronnie Hughes Orchestra, was the resident band. David Kingsman made a big impact with this new Rock n Roll style and was imedietly offered more bookings by Bob Harvey later to become personal Manager of Bill Kent. From now early 1957 young Dave would no longer, be called David Kingsman but by his new name Dave Carrol, just with his guitar he played and sang all over Kent and parts of London Including Maidstone Granada in between films, Suday afternoons, and Saturday mornings.The Ritz, Maidstone plus many other Cinemas and Theatres all over Kent and London.

His big break came in 1958a tape was heard, by top London Agent Hyman Zhal of Fosters Agency Piaccadilly Circus, London. He wanted a singer, to replace Terry Dene another young Pop Idol of the day. After the audition at Max Rehearsal rooms, Soho. Hymy Zhal sighned his new boy up. He was sole booking agent for Paul Lincoln who owned The 2 i's, coffee bar and after a great session there with The Denaces, Paul was to become his manager and with Bob Harvey his personal manager.

The contract had been put together before any record or TV deals were made.  It read as follows:  Fosters Agency, Hyman Zhal and Sole Agents. Charm Enterprises - Paul Lincoln Manager.  Bob Harvey - Personal manager - 50 percent went to them

Dick Roe of Decca Records gave this new exciting singer from Maidstone, Kent, a new name, Bill Kent. plus a Decca recording contract. Years later Dick turned The Beatles down.

Bill, was soon in the recordig studios cutting his first record.

"The Prettiest Girl In School - flip side "Hasty Words". F. 10975. Sample

At this time 1958 most British Artists covered American Artists songs and rarely given the chance to sing material of the own choosing.
Young Bill Kent wanted to make a Rock n Roll record, but his Agent and Manager had other ideas. They thought, Bill would make the big time singing Ballards with his powerful singing voice. He was soon back in the recording studios making another record, this time a Jimmy Rodgers number:
"Oh. Oh. Im Falling in Love again". With the other side "In Love". F. 109997.

Bill started his tour the same time as Buddy Holly and the Crickets. One week, Derby Hippodrome. One week, Middlesborough Empire with Chas McDivett. One week, The Metropolitan, Edgeware Road. On the Old Mother Riley and Kitty Mcshane show.
Many one night stands, with the 2I's Show including Coln Hicks, The Most Brothers, Wee Willy Harris, Lonnie Donnigan, Laurie London, Terry Dene, Alan King, Dickie Dawson. A day with all the stars, at Battersea Pleasure Gardens, spent the day with Howard Keel. The list goes on. Billy Kent was chosen to front the Dean Aces tour when Terry Dean fell ill.

First T.V. appearance on Cool For Cats, with Kent Walton. Another live show, Party on Cool For Cats. Numerous Radio Shows including: In Town Tonight, Town and Country.

After tours in Canada and the USA, a failed Marriage to a millionairess Bill Kent came back to England for good and still just out of his teens.
More info at http://www.kentgigs.com/musicbiz/People.html£billkent
Kent MusicBiz Index


Embryon are a looking ahead to an adventurous and exciting few months 

When they leave their base camp of Ashford in Kent, Embryon are dazzling audiences with their compositions of hard , guitar laden riff rock spliced with soaring anthemic vocal lines. Even the “man at the back” is encapsulated by the spectrum of sound that comes crashing out of the PA

Embryon are promoting their self produced Album,  11 tracks of pure rock, combined with skillful musicianship and clever production makes the band extremely proud with the end  result of 2 years of hard work and dedication.

Next in the Embryon game plan is the release of the first single “CLONE”. The track has been re-mixed and mastered by the producer of the next Depeche Mode album (no name dropping here) and professional video shoot is booked for October.

Embryon like all bands need to play in front of bigger audience, the necessity  to gig further afield is paramount to the bands plans and as such a French tour is booked for November and tour of the Northern UK is booked for December with Uprise Booking

Things are looking good for Embryon, the boys are stoked, fired up and ready to hit the next 3 months running.. Good times will be had by all ……….Ahhh..happy days

You can find Embryon on www.myspace.com/embryonrockband
Facebook 
Twitter 
The album can be downloaded from normal sources Itunes, amazon, spotify
Contact Embryon – embryon_rockband@hotmail.co.uk
JC - 07799765717


The Grafters

The Grafters an indie rock band from Medway towns are up and running again now, they have been away too long!

They won their section of Band Quest 2010 girded up their loins and have booked a few gigs to get their music out there again. So keep an eye out for their gigs as they settle down into gigging again.

The Grafters
British Rock band- throw The Beatles, Blur , Led Zep, Kings of leon and stereophonics in a blender. Outcome =  The Grafters




More info can be found on their pages accros the web
www.myspace.com/thegraftersukmusic
Facebook
Youtube


New UKC student in Regioal Finals of Open Mic UK

Caz
Caroline Turner-Gould from High Wycombe has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the Open Mic UK auditions. Along with the other most impressive acts, Caz has made it through to the Regional Finals and will now be performing at the live stages of Open Mic UK 2010.

Open Mic UK 2010 is the exciting national talent competition which searches for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is soon to be a Kent local talent, Caz, now competing for a place in the National Final at the O2 in London and the chance to grab a break through recording contract. Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. But it was Caroline who wowed the panel, with one of her own compositions, and has now been given an opportunity to prove that she is the best on the Mic in the region. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live Regional head to head battle alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the National Grand Final.

“Caz” will be starting at University of Kent on 19th September and looks forward to meeting local musicians and performing in the area.
www.myspace.com/cazturnergould


Can You Help The Pilgrim Hospices

Listen to an Interview on Thanet Community Radio

about The Pilgrims Hospices, fundraising, the job, and  a glimpse of life behind the scenes

If you can help please contact:-
Karen Kenward
Regional Fundraising Manager
Pilgrims Hospice
Ramsgate Road
Margate
Kent CT9 4AD

REGGAE PIRATE RAIDED

On Tuesday 20 July 2010, a warrant was executed by Southwark Trading Standards, assisted by the Police and BPI, on an address in SE London.

Following intelligence received from the IPO, the BPI investigated a website found to be offering illegal downloads and physical product of Reggae artists such as Sean Paul and Beres Hammond.

Thousands of discs, 3 multi burners, a computer and hundreds of masters were seized in the raid. Investigations are ongoing.

The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) estimate that online copyright infringement cost the UK music sector an estimated £200 million in 2009 and some 7.3 million people engaged in unlawful filesharing.


Astronomical possibilities

Kent Artist Robert Jarvis is currently short-listed for 2010 New Music Award for a proposed sound installation for Armagh Observatory, in Northern Ireland. The work aims to draw from the patterning of the stars in the sky and their apparent movement around Celestial North Pole to create a day-long musical score which will play on a loop in synchronisation with the rotation of the earth. The idea is that the composition will create a musical connection between listener and the wider universe as well as provide a novel way of thinking about astronomical matters.
A short film describing the idea can be seen at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/newmusicaward .

Have a look at the entries and, if you think it appropriate, then choose your favourite contender.
For those who are also prepared to publish a comment on any of the works there is also the opportunity to win a state-of-the-art music system….

www.aroundNorth.wordpress.com (aroundNorth blog)
http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/newmusicaward/aroundnorth.htm (PRSF Site)
http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/sound/ck/prsf-new-music-award-%E2%80%93-have-your-say-and-win-a-zeppelin-mini/ (competition blog)

More information on Robert's work can be found at www.robertjarvis.co.uk

Festival Scam

(Pass this on to ALL your friends who may find this information useful)

Imagine this..... a totally UNSIGNED FESTIVAL, 80 BANDS in 2 days ANY mixed Styles, ANY Genre, it don't matter, DEATH METAL with R&B, POP or RAP, a great mixture of happy campers.

You all get to play a festival as long as YOU SELL loads of tickets, at £40 each = £400 (min 10) plus their transport to get there, will they see any great head liners... NO!!. so its just you really, oh and the other bands, yes they could be waiting 2 days, bored, drinking, all fun and games if the rain stays off and we don't get snow early again this year.

so you pay at least £400 per band to play in front of other bands and their friends OK?, sounds like PAY to PLAY at its worst here .. what do you think?

this SUCKS just like all the other pay to play scams and Competitions out there, so if you are offered to play a festival and then asked to sell at least tickets £40 quid each and the more you sell the higher up the headline you go, great incentive yeah trouble is you could sell 200 and then play in front of all your own fans as all the other people left as they were totally sick of listening to bands they are totally not into and frozen stiff as it is almost November.   What do you do? SAY NO to PAY to PLAY... simples, if they want you to sell the tickets for any gig or festival you know its NOT WORTH PLAYING IT.
They make a massive PAY to PLAY fortune and you get to play another fake gig in front of your friends, fans and family members . the good thing is you get to camp in a field at the end of October so take your waterproofs and loads of jumpers and waste your time once again watching loads of bands that have to pay to get to play a little festival of unsigned bands.   Shudder at the thought of it, no decent bands would pay to do this, WOULD THEY ?   THIS HAS TO STOP NOW.. MAKE A STAND NOW and things may just get better... its your future, your music industry, only you van change it.   Any information to report on any other scams or crap promoters then send them in and lets start and  clean up things to help you lot get ahead.
jon@ukbands.net

It is with great personal sadness we have to report the death of Crispian St Peters the 60's International Pop Star
8th June 2010

CRISPIAN ST.PETERS (Robin PeterSmith) RIP

5th April 1939 to  8th June 2010

Crispian St. Peters the 60’s Pop Star passed away today 8th June 2010 aged 71 after a series of illnesses that kept him chair bound and unable to continue the music career he so loved for over 50 years.  

Crispian St.Peters a lifelong resident of Swanley in Kent began his career in 1956 with local Kent bands 'The Hard Travellers”, “The Two Tones”, 'The Country Gentlemen”, “Beat Formula Three” and “Peter & The Wolves”.

He was signed by Decca in 1965 who released his single 'At This Moment' bringing TV appearances that eventually and inevitably lead to fame with Top Ten hits records 'You Were On My Mind' in 1965 and 'Pied Piper' which made No.1 in Canada in 1966, and many other recordings which are still intensely played worldwide.

Crispian’s astounding fame and unbelievable talent spread around the world, where he was met by screaming fans in every country he visited. His self penned songs were written with true emotion and when performing he sang with such feeling and a natural professionalism that left his audiences wanting more, unable to believe the overwhelming talent and charisma that oozed from this remarkable man with the wonderful voice.

Crispian was loved, cherished and admired by anyone and everyone fortunate enough to meet him. To know him a pleasure, to hear him sing an experience of a lifetime. He spent his whole life dedicated to his love of music. He travelled the world performing and entertaining on many radio and television shows, continually writing new songs, many still not heard by the public.

In 2001 Due to worsening health problems Crispian officially retired, his last major public performance was in 1999 with the Fortunes at Dartford

Over the years Crispian suffered 3 nervous breakdowns, a divorce, a major stroke, Pneumonia and then Emphysema. In a conversation with his record company in 2010 as chirpy as usual he said “ I have just come out of hospital again, I am on permanent oxygen and can’t walk. The good news is though, I have given up smoking those big cigars”.

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The Pied Piper was originally written by Steve Dubof and Artie Kornfeld who is also known as the music promoter and Father of the Woodstock Festival. Artie says “I co-wrote this song. Our version cracked the Top 100 on Billboard and Cash Box, but Crispian St. Peters had a number 4 smash with our song in 1966”.  John Lennon told him “Pied Piper, that’s one of my favourite songs

Old Crow – Crispian’s Band
Crispian St Peters and Old Crow finished their last album in 1993. It was eventually fully released on Red Admiral Records in September 2009 – as “Night Sessions Vol.1”


Crispian said recently in a conversation after a spell in hospital, “I don’t think I will be around much longer, make sure that if you write about me, don’t forget the band, they have been the best friends anyone could have ”

Old Crow, was formed over 30 years ago. The name was thought of by Crispian’s steel guitar player, the late Gordon Huntley, with the help of bass player George Plummer, Gordon was also a man of fame and talent who performed and recorded with many of the most famous American country singers, his name can be seen in the Hall of Fame at Nashville.

Old Crow worked well together as one unit under the guidance and influence of the master - Crispian St.Peters. The man they loved and admired. When Crispian was forced to retire from regular performance due to a stroke in late 1993, the band carried on as Old Crow, never allowing the audience to forget that they were Crispian’s band. Although Crispian could no longer play guitar or perform on stage he was still their leader in every way. One happy unit of friends and family of long standing, they didn’t just work together they mixed as close friends in their social lives.

Margaret Rose first met Crispian and became a close friend in 1983, when she hired him and his band for a venue that she and Brian Star were promoting. She then enjoyed trying to promote Crispian in other venues and various other ways. When Crispian found out she could also sing, after hearing some recordings, he encouraged her to sing duets with him and eventually solo, so she was now part of the band. Crispian has been her rock throughout her career and is the reason she is still singing today. She has also written and recorded a few songs that have been played on radio in USA and the Continent. Margaret Rose is now performing as the 'Silver Rose' duo, with her son-in-law, Gary Silver, but continued to work for and with Crispian in both his professional and private life.

Mike Ford joined Old Crow playing bass in 1984, but he was no stranger to Crispian St.Peters as they had been friends since school days. Mike was also with one of Crispian’s old bands called The Wheels. His knowledge and expertise of music and arranging has been welcomed in the recording studio. Although he is now retired from gigging he stayed involved. Mike played bass, keyboards and helped Crispian with arranging when in the studio. He also makes backing tracks for Silver Rose. Recently he has arranged and recorded new songs for Margaret Rose and Gary Silver that were written by Crispian St.Peters.

Peter Salisbury - the drummer joined the band in 1984. He had previously played with other well-known artists and bands. Although he has now retired he continued to be involved in the music of the other members and takes an active part in the recordings, He was always the joker of the band, with a funny story or a joke to keep everyone happy. Besides playing the drums with the band he also sang top harmomies. Peter loves to reminisce about the good old days remembering the good times they all had with Crispian.

Brian Star first met Crispian in 1983, as previously mentioned. He would help Margaret and Crispian with any promotional work, travelling arrangements and any kind of behind the scene necessities. He enjoyed supporting the band and with a little encouragement would get up on stage and give a couple of songs. As the years went on his appearances on stage became more regular and he became another member of the band. He performs, as the duo Pop'N'Stuff with is brother Richard.

Gary Silver was the last member to join the band, also the youngest. At first he would just sing a couple of songs with marvelous renditions of Elvis Presley. Crispian taught him to play the guitar and brought him into the band on rhythm guitar and additional vocals. He is now dueting with Margaret Rose as the 'Silver Rose' duo, they have been recording and compiling a CD of Crispians self penned songs.

When Crispian was indisposed after his stroke Gary was thrown in at the deep end and fronted the band with the help of Margaret and Brian.

With Fond Memories  

Chris Ashman
CEO

Red Admiral Records LLP

Text Links and images at webpage http://www.redadmiralrecords.com/Crispian%20St%20Peters/


We have had various calls this week reference winners and runners up of Britain's Got Talent

Spellbound are not from, Brookland Nr. Ashford Kent but Brooklands College, Ashford Campus Weybridge Surrey.
Kieran Gaffney The 14-year-old Drummer is from Deal in Kent. He performs with his parents locally in their act Mixed Emotions.


Hello,

Training Them Live are planning to create an amazing Music Centre in Medway. 2010

We are going to include rehearsal rooms, recording suites, conference facilities, a cafe and much more......

We want it to be designed around the needs of the musicians, producers, engineers and sound creators that want to use it.

The Survey takes 5 minutes to complete and will help us to build it how you want it.

Please forward this link to anyone of any age that you think might be able to help.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trainingthemlive

Many thanks

Dan Wise


Stolen Equipment

Hi
Please help!  I would like to report some stolen equipment, which may be offered for sale quite quickly. This equipment is vital for my work with Think Floyd, and I need to recover it or replace it urgently. Recovery is preferred, since keyboard patches are unique, and the Strat guitar is customised.  If you can spread the work by forwarding this email, please do, although I know it is unlikely we'll catch the thieves.    07979 9041411. Fender Strat, Black, Black pickguard, Gold LACE pickups, maple neck (fitted as a replacement but has correct Fender decals on the headstock which had not been applied when the picture was taken), metal roller nut (slight chip in the neck at the nut). The backplate has been removed, exposing the trem springs. This instrument was in a plain black fur lined case, not a Fender case. Originally purchased second-hand.     2. Line6 Variax 700 electric, red, in a Gator hard case. This guitar was originally bought from Andertons. Nothing easily identifiable about it, other than the serial number dates from the time of purchase...   07979 9041413. Clavia Nord Electro 3-73. Stolen in a full flight case, made by Castle Cases. Case looks like this: Castle Cases badge is affixed to the case.   4. Korg MS2000B, also in a case by Castle Cases as above (but half the width of course).   5. Mackie CFX12 Mixer. A bit gig-battered, some faders a little bent. Not taken in a case.   These were all stolen from my converted garage last night. They are vital to my work of course. If you are offered any of these items, or anything that appears similar, please informt he Police and then contact me.   Many thanks.   Regards Robert Gerrard THINK FLOYD 07979 904141 01795 877577
robert@futureperfect.co.uk

The English Football World Cup Team At The African World Cup 2010 Gets A Kick From Behind By UK Artists

As World Cup Fever and South Africa is about to take front stage in the media and football fans hearts and minds, UK artists and writers are taking up the challenge to create great musical themes to support their respective country and teams. With no official FIFA supported release announced Red Admiral Records are releasing singles and videos to get behind England with new World Cup music.
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PELICAN BABIES - Three Lions Blazing
iTunes release date 6th April 2010

The song “Three Lions Blazing” is dedicated to the true fans of English football and specifically celebrates the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The rousing song and video performance by the Pelican Babies encapsulates the enthusiasm and heart felt passion that no doubt will grip the nation in the coming months. Pelican Babies will also be supporting the Great Ormond Street Hostpital Children’s Charity by donating royalties from itunes downloads.

The artists Pelican Babies perform regularly as a duo, their acoustic sound consisting of guitar, didgeridoo and harmonica.

Mark Connelly and Lea Nixon have had resounding success before as songwriters with their song “Some Say” performed by ‘Miss Jess’, featured on the Walt Disney album and film ‘Zenon Z3’ released in the USA, Italy, Netherlands, Australia and Sweden.
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THE BOHEMIANS - Give Us The World
iTunes release Date - 20th April 2010

The Bohemians - established in 1996, re-enact the glory days of Queen including the Craziness of the 70’s and the Magic of the 80’s, proving themselves to be the most dynamic and exciting Queen Tribute Band currently touring The UK, Europe and around the world.
With trips abroad to Russia, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, China, Jordan, Belgium & Ireland, audiences at football stadiums, festivals, theatres and prestigious venues have all experienced The Bohemians in their majestic magnificence and delivered standing ovations in response to the bands electrifying representation of a Queen Live concert.
Performing with full Staging, Lighting, Backdrops and Pyrotechnics with a two hour set including all the piano driven big singles: Killer Queen; Somebody To Love; Don’t Stop Me Now; You’re My Best Friend; We Are The Champions and the amazing award winning Bohemian Rhapsody. Balanced with the Guitar led anthems; Tie Your Mother Down; Hammer To Fall; One Vision; I Want It All; We Will Rock You and the Accoustic vocal tracks 39 and the unforgettable Love of my life, The Bohemians ability to recreate Queen live is something truly special.
Media highlights include ITV's Queen Mania, Radio 1 & 4 and some fun with Al Murray on his Happy Hour and the Charlotte Church Show. The Wrap Party with Brian May and Queens backing band in the audience. Playing support to Brian May and The Cross at the Queen Fan Club and Freddie Mercury Birthday Party
Credits
Queen Fan Club Convention and Christmas Parties.
'The best Queen tribute you will ever see'- Jackie Smith, International Queen fan club.
'Thank you guys, Brilliant!!'- Brian May, Queen.
'Its uncanny'. - Roger Taylor, Queen.
'This is the best you are going to see or hear ever'. Lesie-Anne Jones, Freddie Mercury & Queen biographer.

Released iIn support of The Skillnet Group - Supporting people with learning difficulties to speak up, make choices, be heard and taken seriously.
Please download Give Us The World and help us donate to this worthy cause.
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ALFIE ST GEORGE - Come Follow Me
iTunes release date 18th May 2010

The hit single “Come Follow Me” was written by Russ Williams & Barry Upton using the melody from the 2002 Belgium Eurovision Song entry “Follow Me” by Tony Cobana. The original song had mass appeal for its upbeat tempo and catchy tune. In August 2009 Russ started penning the lyrics and looking for the team that has bought you “Come Follow Me” by “Alfie St George”.

The team are:
Russ Williams (Alfie St George) – Professional Entertainer for over 25 years. Russ has had a life in the entertainment industry starting at the mere age of 11 as a child actor. This led to an extensive DJ career that saw him spinning the wheels across the globe and presenting on many radio stations in the UK. In 1992 he progressed to being a full time Comedian & After Dinner Speaker. This has led to 1000’s of performances worldwide and many national UK tours, notably with Freddie Starr, Joe Longthorne, Alexander O’Neal & Englebert Humperdinck. The prestigious title of “Comedian of the Year” was awarded to Russ in 2000, with further honours of Captain and Chairman of the Comedians Golfing Society in 2003 & 2004. Through the years Russ has appeared on many TV shows for the BBC, ITV, CH4 & SKY.
The working name of “Alfie St George” was derived from combining King Alfred & our patron St George by Russ to bring mass appeal to the England fans.

Barry Upton – Creator of the Million sellers “Steps”, Multi Hit Writer and Producer. Barry has had a long and fruitful career in the music business starting 1977 where in 1982 he progressed to being part of the band
“Brotherhood Of Man”. In 1990 Barry got his first major publishing deal with Simon Cowell, this lead to a string hit singles with various artistes including “Sonia” & “Fat Boy Slim”. 1996 Barry and Steve Crosby created “STEPS” and the multi-million seller “5678”. To date Barry has written and produced hundreds of tracks worldwide.

Mike Fowler - Experienced Writer, Producer, Musician and Artiste Manager.
Mike is a working musician, yes they do exist! Mike works at Fareham College, Hampshire and is course leader of the BTEC National Diploma in Music Performance. Mike has worked closely with Barry Upton on many recording projects and features on several tracks on Barry’s latest album. ‘Come Follow Me’ was recorded at Mike’s professional studio and co-produced by Barry Upton. His most memorable live musical moment so far was supporting “The Monkees” with his Band “The Murmurs of Irma” on their 2002 UK tour.
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THE MARK ROBINSON EXPERIENCE - Spot The Ball
Itunes release date 4th May 2010

The tune Spot the Ball comes from a marching band and brass band sound mixed with pop. This is a feel good tune that gets you singing or humming along. Once it’s in your head you’ll be sing it in your sleep.
The Mark Robinson Experience is a unusual multi-instrumental act that play’s a variety of music from Rock pop and Brass/Jazz, If you enjoy guitar music you will love Mark's style of playing, especially his Keytar solos, lively and totally different.

The music world is full of hard working musicians who rarely achieve full recognition outside of their local domain, Red Admiral hope that their belief in Mark's music will be enjoyed by everyone and help him achieve his personal goals. He recently obtained a diploma in performing music, and is working towards a music degree

Mark is an all round musician and entertainer, an accomplished Musician and writer. He play's a variety of instruments including the keytar, keyboards, guitar and trumpet. The Keytar is a controller Keyboard and uses a Yamaha Tyros keyboard.

Not only a solo performer, Mark has is own swing band called 'Shades of Brass' they relish a get together for jam sessions on a regular basis,
Apart from his normal work Mark also performs at many open mic. gigs and performs with the Driffeild Brass Band on 3rd cornet, which is a load of fun with up to 60 other musicians and occasionally audiences of around 1500.

Mark lives near Hull and is proactive in sharing his enthusiasm for music with others. In 2008 he turned his hand to radio presenting on Seaside F.M, the community radio station for Holderness and in 2009 auditioned for "Future Stars" & “Hulls Talent Tail”. with good reviews but 'Not Famous Yet'

Email: info@redadmiralrecords.com
Website: http://www.redadmiralrecords.com


 ‘People Who Are Dead And Don’t know that They Are’

We knew something was in the air when we received the famous monotone Chrismas card from Jack Pound this year exposing his frame to those who would have rather seen Santa stripped of his beard.
Guano Poundhammer's album People Who Are Dead And Don’t know that They Are must be released to the unwary public somewhere though we have not managed to capture one in glorious colour or the American version in "color". Nevertheless there is something physical floating around. It's cunningly hidden details are on their website at http://www.jackpound.com/

There are those in Northern Shires who have recognised the brilliance of our Kent lad and his cohorts from Sussex as there has been a review - Saved me a load of time. See Below -
Chris Ashman..................

 ‘People Who Are Dead And Don’t know that They Are’

From the stuttering faux-funk of opener ‘Carnival of hearts’ this hypnotic record draws you into a netherworld of poisoned dreams and half-remembered nightmares; the effect is akin to someone obsessively turning the radio dial in some acid rain-drenched dystopia of a futuristic film noir but failing to find anything to soothe the troubled soul.

The theme of modern society’s shiny facade, diverting us from the human cesspit that festers beneath, is not a new one but has rarely been so convincingly executed.

Stylistically diverse, lyrically blade-sharp and peppered with voices – some muttering, some incantory, some cheering and some in the form of eerie, ethereal backing vocals, the album is infused with a highly invective soundwash.

Throughout, Jack Pound sings/talks like a man who’s really lived the life and Colin Gibson’s arrangements would flummox musicians half his age, but who exactly is Cole Hammer -The man from paranormal?

Their first Album ‘Domestic Bliss’ was merely excellent, this is truly exceptional.

Sleep well children.
Phil Wright – Manchester Free Press



The Walnut Tree Comedy Club
situated at the Walnut Tree pub 234 Tonbridge Rd, Maidstone celebrated 20 years of comedy on 22nd April 2010 at 8pm featuring a compere, 2 comedy acts and possible surprise guests .

The club started in 1990 to cheer up people in the 1st recession and is now one of the longest running comedy clubs in the country, firmly established on the comedy circuit as being at the cutting edge of Stand Up Comedy in Kent. Admission is still free.

Many well known comedians on the circuit  started their careers at the club. The first act was a musical comedy duo featuring a talented Bill Bailey.
Some of the acts that have appeared in the past are Jo Brand, Graham Norton, Alistair McGowan, Alan Davis, Jimmy Carr, Catherine Tate, Sean Lock, Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted), Dylan Moran, Jeff Green, Alistair McGowan, Ed Byrnes, Ian Cognito, Lucy Porter, Boothby Graffoe, Adam Bloom, The Bastard Son of Tommy Cooper, Wilty, Mark Lamarr, Charlie Chuck (Uncle Peter) Mandy Knight and Dominic Holland to name but a few.

Peter and Carol Henn who run the Club said
"The club prides itself on featuring new up and coming acts. We get tremendous satisfaction at seeing their careers escalate. A few act have found the set-up quite daunting as we are only a very small pub. It was likened to Kathy Bates house in Misery, but none the less they enjoyed the evening and the appreciation of the audience. Most came back a second or third time. Even the Independent Newspaper gave us a mention for the comedians to be afraid, very afraid. This we took as a compliment rather than never making the press at all."

In April 2010 Pete and Carol are also celebrated 25 years in the pub and also have put on live music all that time.

The Walnut Tree,
234 Tonbridge Road
(opposite the Maidstone and Mid-Kent College)
Maidstone,
Kent.  ME16 8SR
Exit Junction 5 on the M20

Tel: 01622 727260

peteandcarolwalnutpub@live.co.uk


Clubbing With Mood Reaction 2010


Article credits John Nurden & Canterbury Times


Kent based duo No Comebacks have been recording with PJ Proby
Intro to their Album and Video Interview

Brain child of Mark Dean and Johnny Podd No Comebacks are Yodelling Techno Cowboys they play "Dance Music of Yester Year for the Dancers of Today"
Mark is Drummer/Teacher/Lecturer on (the History of Rock n' Roll), Session Man. Staff member of Kent Music School U.K.
Member of Hit recording Band "VANITY FARE", hits include Hitching A Ride & Early In The Morning.


Back In The Saddle Again ..No Comebacks with special guest PJ Proby...

"P.J. Proby flexing his vocal talents is Ghost Riders In The Sky. This simply marvellous version seems to merge the two worlds of 1930s country and western and 2000s mainstream Nashville to form a rousing finale to this offbeat yet stupendous album".
- Maverick Magazine
They took their wild west show to the Highlands of Scotland for a Hogmanay party, Rob Ellen Video Interview

Its available at http://www.pjproby.net/shop.htm and for downloads at www.nocomebacks.co.uk Ghostriders In The Sky - Video - No Comebacks C with Special Guest P.J. Proby Happy Trails Mark Dean Ellen  www.vanityfare.co.uk


Success for Publican's Listen Up! campaign as government launches consultation to alter Licensing Act

Plans to offer an exemption to pubs hosting music for 100 people or less have been confirmed by the government.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation last week on plans to alter the Licensing Act, claiming will make it easier for small venues to host live music.

The announcement follows huge pressure from live music campaigners and The Publican, in the form of the Listen Up! campaign.

Licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: “Going to see a band, musician or singer is a very important part of many people’s lives and we’re keen to do what we can to support audiences and musicians.”

However Sutcliffe warned the exemption could be revoked at a pub if there had been problems with noise, nuisance or disorder.

And if the exemption becomes law it would only apply to indoor performances between 8am and 11pm.

Residents and authorities such as the police would also have the power to call for an exemption to be revoked.

Martin Rawlings, director of pub and leisure at the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said: “The BBPA welcomes any measures that can help pubs overcome existing barriers to putting on live music, helping aspiring and established musicians to reach audiences while at the same time boosting business, particularly during these difficult economic times.”

The consultation is available at: www.culture.gov.uk


The Value of Music in Pubs

PRS for Music commissioned three pieces of research:
1. Research utilising CGA’s ROI tracking capability to compare pubs with a featured music offering to similar pubs without a featured music offering
2. A targeted survey of pub owners and managers.
3. Analysis of pub closures comparing music and non-music venues. CGA provide pub closure statistics to the industry.

The sample (500 outlets) was specially created to provide a robust and broad cross section of venue and tenure types with a broad geographical spread.

Key Findings (ROI analysis)
Summary of uplift gained when using music

Their March data shows that music pubs achieve 44% more wet sales revenue (worth almost£230 a day) during the week than non-music pubs, with a peak of 60% (£485) during core weekend trading.
The data confirms that music pubs consistently achieve more wet sales revenue than non-music pubs every day of the week.

Pub Closures

On average, pubs without featured music are three times more likely to close than pubs with featured music.

Kentgigs.com - ment:

"We feel satisfied that the trends observed are statistically valid and relate, as far as is possible for us to tell, to the impact of music events on drink sales. There are no figures available for us to confirm that proper promotion of music event via our services would increase the numbers, but work it out for yourself. One extra customer on the day would pay for the promotion."

Full report with figures and graphs http://www.prsformusic.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/PPS%20Studies/CGA%20Summary%20for%20web%20FINAL.pdf


George Sketcher R.I.P

Mixing with some friends at The Louis Armstrong on Friday, I heard of the death of my old friend and colleague George Sketcher. He played many parts in mine and others early music business careers as a friend, Marine, great Sax player, session musician teacher and composer.

George was attacked by cancer some years ago and fought bravely.

He regretted the loss of contact with many of his friends when moving from Dover to Southampton, so I am sure he would like me to pass this message on. His history and many achievements are on my Kent Band History site - Kent MusicBiz

http://www.kentgigs.com/musicbiz/People.html£George%20Sketcher

....Chris


Trade union the GMB is writing to 37,000 publicans urging them to join it and vote in a ballot over industrial action it says will be a 'strike' at tenanted pub companies such as Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns. The GMB is to 'seek a mandate for official industrial action', which it hopes will achieve 'very substantial cuts in wholesale prices and a resolution to a wide range of grievances experienced by the tied tenants'. Meanwhile a protest is planned this Thursday at The Globe pub in Letchworth, which two months ago was named the most improved pub in North Hertfordshire by CAMRA. Tenants Brian and Alison Forgie have been given ten days to quit by Punch. The couple, backed by anti-pubco group Pub Revolution, say they are being treated harshly by Punch for buying beer off-tie just once, and will refuse to leave the pub.” – Daily Mai


BLUES BUSINESS "On Top of the World"

Himalayan Blues Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal – 7th to 11th October 09

Thanks to the worldwide web we got an email "out of the blue" last year asking if we Blues Business wanted to play a blues festival in Kathmandu. Well Blues Business based in sleepy old Sussex usual venues are pubs, clubs, occasional festival in Southeast England. So initial thought that this "invite" was a hoax (Blues in Nepal?) but a year on & another invite - hey it had to be done, one on life’s CV. So websites checked, exchange of emails & a couple of International telephone calls later off to Kathmandu.
Not all the usual guys in the band were able to make the trip so core of the band, Paul Burris (guitarist) my brother & me on bass plus drummer Clive Layton with Alan Rea on keyboards made up the band. With guitars supplied by Hutchins guitars we arrived Tuesday 6th Oct. in Kathmandu staying in a swish hotel Dwarikas (a World heritage site) arranged by the organisers. This place was an oasis of calm in what is a very hectic city.
The Himalayan Blues Festival is a series of gigs over the five days at different, sometimes very different venues, with local bands laying plus world-wide musicians from USA, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, India & us Blues Business the first UK band to play this festival.
Gigs started Wednesday night for us playing to a ticketed audience of 100 at the Fusion bar (a real Blues Bar, see photo) in our hotel. There was also other gigs around town in other bars, a good start.
Thursday we had a night off but went to watch the other bands at Paten museum an outside gig in courtyard of a temple, wow. Catching Mike Gardner band (from New Zealand) an acoustic roots outfit, Knike a "rock chic" (from Oz) as trio plus a number of local bands. Then went on to a Radison bar were a young Indian band Parachute XVI were playing high-energy stuff.
Friday night all the bands played short showcase sets at another outside venue called the Garden of Dreams & yes this was a real exotic place. This gig sponsored by US embassy with an upmarket crowd of about three hundred. Some nice down-home blues slide from a USA bluesman Austin Walkin Cane. A super guitarist Knut Reiersrud from Norway who did a good job despite the power cuts – the power goes down on a regular basis as the demand at night goes up. Another solo guitarist Jimi Hocking from Oz who rocked the joint like he was a full band. Plus sets by us & all the local bands.
Saturday night at club 1905 was a very different venue. Again outside, as this time of year is when the weather is at it’s best, monsoon finished & daytime temperatures in the mid twenties. 1905 was a "smokey" rocking joint with a very big young crowd who were out for a good time. All the electric bands played this gig & we Blues Business closed out the evening/morning with a everybody joining us for a jamb.
Sunday mid-day came round quick with Blues Business & Jimi Hocking doing a workshop for the local Music College with a good crowd who wanted to know more about & how to play the blues.
Sunday night we played a real cool rooftop bar Tamas in the old hippie district of Kathmandu, again a few problems with power cuts but a good chilled crowd. Then went on to a jam with local bands going on in adjacent bar.
Monday morning the 12th flight home - So for us the band four gigs, couple of jams & one workshop in a short week, not a lot of sleep plus a few drinks but hey you only young once.
So if you fancy some music & most of it was blues from a very diverse set of musicians to a knowledgeable again very diverse audience in a location that is very different with plus maybe a trip up country outside Kathmandu or stay on a while after the festival for the Elephant polo, then check out their website www.himalayanblues.com.
Also available will be a DVD of the whole festival being produced by a New Zealand filmmaker. The band will have copies for sale later this year, contact us through our website
www.blues-business.co.uk


For us the Blues Business guys that went it was a great experience from a very friendly & hospitable crowd, only downside being we had to play "Mustang Sally" to cover our bar bill – that ain’t the Blues!

Alan Burris (BLUES BUSINESS Bassman/Manager)                                                 Oct-09


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Kent drummers in Guinness World Record attempt

Phil Wilson and Matt Gibson - Drumming up support for MS

PHIL WILSON lives in Rochester and has played with a number of bands including Brian Poole, Screaming Lord Sutch, Brian Connolly’s Sweet, Les Gray’s MUD, Edison Lighthouse, MUD II and The Sharpee's.

Phil has made numerous appearances on TV both in the UK and Europe, he has also played many of the top venues including the NEC Arena, Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Apollo and the Sport Paleis in Antwerp.
Medway musician Phil Wilson, former member of LES GRAY'S MUD and drummer with
MUD II, will be joining fellow 70s drummer DON POWELL from Slade to try and smash the current Guinness World drumming record in Birmingham on Monday 13th July 2009 and raise money for Multiple Scelrosis at the same time

Phil, a professional musician for more than 30 years and a regular on the medway music scene,  is taking part in Stick it to MS, which will bring together more than 600 drummers under one roof at the National Indoor Arena.
The world record attempt, which takes place next week, aims to raise thousands of pounds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The existing record is 533 drummers which was achieved at Woodstick USA in 2006.

Although there will be 600 drummers taking part, Phil is honoured to have been selected for one of just 50 VIP places, which means he'll be keeping the beat with a number of celebrity drummers including Don Powell from Slade and former Status Quo drummer John Coghlan
If you want to help Phil raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis, you can donate at http://www.justgiving.com/philawilson

www.stickittoms.com
www.mud2band,com
www.myspace.com/philawilson
www.sharpees.com

MATT GIBSON is a founder member of  Maidstone band The Soundcasters.  He started drumming aged 13 and is also an ex Team GB gymnast.  He is currently a year 14 pupil at Valley Park School in Maidstone

Matt Gibson, drummer with Maidstone band The Soundcasters, will be joining forces with some of the UK's best drummers, in an attempt to smash the current Guinness World drumming record in Birmingham on Monday 13th July 2009 and raise money for Multiple Sclerosis at the same time

Matt (18) a pupil at Valley Park School in Maidstone is taking part in Stick it to MS, which will bring together more than 600 drummers under one roof at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

The world record attempt, which takes place next week, aims to raise thousands of pounds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The existing record is 533 drummers which was achieved at Woodstick USA in 2006.

Although there will be 600 drummers taking part, Matt is honoured to have been selected for one of just 50 VIP places, which means he'll be keeping the beat with a number of celebrity drummers including Don Powell from Slade and former Status Quo drummer John Coghlan
If you want to help Matt raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis, you can donate at http://www.justgiving.com/matt-gibson

www.stickittoms.com

www.myspace.com/thesoundcastersmusic.com

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Telephone: 07718-916566
Email: info@buzzmusicmanagement.com


Special recording deal at John Orams Analogue Barn recording studio in Kent

John Oram, known as an Analogue EQ pioneer for many years, celebrates 44 years in the recording industry this year and is proud to open this facility commercially in Kent to provide the highest standards of audio recording
State of the art analogue equipment predominant here at the Analogue Barn
This combined with multi format recording and editing facilities creates a unique sound.
To take the opportunity of this Special Deal contact Rory Alderton at rory@oram.co.uk
or phone 01474 815300 International +44 (0) 1474 815300 from USA 011 44 147 481 5300
and say kentgigs.com introduced you.


Ron Trueman-Border and The Perfect Strangers
 
Firstly a big thanks to those who have been coming along to Ron's and The Perfect Stranger gigs, from near and far. It's always a delight to see friendly faces including some  we hadn't seen for a while, last month .... you know who you are !!
 
There have been a number of re-schedulings over the past few weeks so for regular
up-dates please check Ron's main web-site which is the most accurate
 
www.rontruemanborder.co.uk

 http://www.myspace.com/wwwrontruemanbordercouk

The Ronnies - Old Originals EP

Maidstone Band 'The Ronnies' released their new EP upon the world in April with 4 original tracks celebrating the good time Rock and Roll era reminiscent of The Faces and early Rod Stewart. A damned good listen, this will go in our private collection and will certainly be played next time we go on the air with the Local Band Show on Romney Marsh FM.

The Ronnies 'Old Originals'Always good to hear songs with a local touch, 'Farleigh Lane' is an ode to living, loving and drinking in the country in East Farleigh, not far from some great music pubs the lads are known to frequent.

The Ronnies live, create a good time rockin' feast of boozy rock and roll numbers by The Small Faces, The Faces and The Rolling Stones.Inspired by the music of Ronnie Lane & Ronnie Wood,

The Two Ronnies started to perform on the Kent and London circuit in 2003 steadily building a reputation as a fun loving, crowd pleasing bunch of solid geezers. With a new singer, the band now have a 6 piece line-up: Lead vocalist, 2 Guitars, Keyboards, Bass & Drums.

One thing for sure at least, is that you will know the songs and words at The Ronnies gigs - Don't sing to loudly.

For More info and Gigs http://www.2ronnies.co.uk
buy The EP at www.realvisionrecords.co.uk



Oyster Girls and Hovelling Boys

Oyster Girls and Hovelling Boys is our third compilation of folk songs from and about Kent.  Like the previous two, Keys of Canterbury and Apples, cherries, hops and women, it contains a mixture of very old traditional songs and some recently composed songs.  If there is any slight difference in the material it is that whereas much of the material on the previous albums was about specifically Kentish subjects, this time there is a predominance of general folk songs and ballads which are known throughout the English speaking world but in versions which were collected in Kent; The Dark Eyed Sailor, A Sailor Cut Down in His Prime, Love Is Pleasing.  That said the album is topped and tailed on the north Kent coast with the Oyster Girl and the Whitstable May Song and both Bob and Marian contribute songs about hops.

By chance the majority of the songs in this set were collected by Francis Collinson, a BBC radio producer in the 1950s, who came upon a few songs by chance and then made it his life’s work to find as much more material as he could.

The ’cast’ on this CD has the same core as the previous ones, Pete Castle, Andy Turner, and Bob Kenward, but this time they are joined by The Millen Family from the Bethersden area who have been singing their songs for generations, Marian Button from Ashford who has built up a fine reputation around the Kent folk clubs and national festival scene and local poet Dave Mason who contributes his take on a typical folk song lyric.

The full programme is:

  1. The Oyster Girl by Pete Castle
  2. The Deal Hoveller’s Song by Bob Kenward
  3. The Dark Eyed Sailor by Marian Button
  4. In Yonder Old Oak by the Millen Family
  5. General Toast/The Rose/Black Joke by Andy Turner
  6. A Sailor Cut Down in His Prime by Pete Castle
  7. The Kentish Woman’s Way (poem) by Dave  Mason
  8. Chalk and Cheese by Marian Button
  9. The Straggling Bine by Bob Kenward and Roger Resch
  10. The Old Owl by the Millen Family
  11. Aldridge’s Allemande / The Charming Fellow by Andy Turner
  12. Love is Pleasing by Pete Castle
  13. Whitstable May Song by all the company

Oyster Girls & Hovelling Boys is available priced at £10.00 (£12.00 inc. p&p) online from
Kentgigs.com Shop
Steel Carpet Music at www.petecastle.co.uk
Folk Spots, 15 Repton Manor Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3HA www.folkspots.co.uk  alan@folkspots.co.uk

Alan and Pete Castle

Tenterden Folk Festival
info@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk
www.tenterdenfolkfestival


Hi,
My name is Jack Long, and in 1974/5 I arranged and produced an album of
George Gilbert's music at Vortex Studios, Hollingbourne. The Album, I
believe, was entitled "Flows Medway Softly", and consisted entirely of some
brilliant Medway-inspired songs, all written by George, of course. I used my
regular musicians and singers at the time - including Trevor Brice from
"Vanity Fare", who sang most of the lead vocals.

Unfortunately, I have a problem: my last remaining copy of this classic
album and the original 15ips master tapes, have been stolen.

How can I get an appeal out to the Kentish folk-lovers who may still have a
copy of this album, and who might be kind enough to make a copy of it for
me, or let me borrow it long enough to make my own digital version?

I really would be most grateful for your help on this one.

Sincerely,

Jack Long.


STUDIO OFFERS UK’S FIRST INTEREST FREE LOANS FOR RECORDING

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Located in Heywood, Lancashire, Astar Studios, boasts the latest state-of-the-art digital control room technology, a large serious-sounding live room, a relaxing chill-out area and excellent nearby residential facilities. The studio opened in April of last year and has been custom built to meet the growing demands of today’s flourishing new independent music scene comprising self-contained artists, managers and labels looking to engage directly with the market.

Astar Studios is owned by internationally signed writer/producer Andy Ross (Clippers, Barcelona). The studio combines stunning acoustic design with breakthrough affordability for hi-end recording, plus support to take projects all the way, using key associates with a wealth of creative new media talent and music industry experience. For projects needing session players, Astar draws upon some of the UK’s finest musicians. Since the studio opened, Andy Ross has been flat out writing for and producing an eclectic mix of projects including six back to back albums, for independent and major cover mount release.

The 0% APR loans exclusively available from Astar Studios are being provided by the Musical Instrument Finance Company (MIFCO) who last year launched the ‘Take It Away’ scheme to purchase musical instruments, backed by the Arts Council and Music Industries Association. It was after hearing about this scheme that Astar Studios contacted MIFCO with the idea to enable interest free loans for recordings.

Astar’s Andy Ross explains, “Thanks to advances in recording technology and the internet, the digital revolution and inclusion of downloads towards the charts has created a level playing field for today’s savvy musicians.  This in turn has led to the need to create a new generation of recording studio that delivers outstanding recordings at a realistic, commercially viable cost for both the independent sector and majors who have needed to become more budget conscious.

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by Angela Cole

A BAND on the brink of stardom and another whose fame is still remembered 40 years on came together to compare notes on the music business.

The Zephyrs, a band with a massive following around Maidstone in the 1960s, and Billy Wears Dresses, who have just released their first single, were brought together as a result of an article in The Way We Were.

Ian Snowball, drummer with Billy Wears Dresses, was delighted to see his uncle, Zephyrs' lead guitarist Eric Snowball, in action in photographs featured in the Kent Messenger last month, playing in the Royal Star Hotel, Maidstone.

Costumes
Eric and guitarist Norman Hoskins were reunited at ESE music shop, Upper Fant Road, Maidstone, which Eric runs, with the full line-up of Billy Wears Dresses: Ian, guitarist and lead singer Nick Spink, guitarist and vocalist Martin Loft and bass player Paul Moss.

Two other members of The Zephyrs were unable to be present - guitarist Allan Flood and drummer Maurice Reynolds.

Costumes were just one of the many talking points. The Zephyrs all wore smart, shiny green, and later blue, suits on stage, while Billy Wears Dresses wear a variety of clothes, the highlight being a fluffy blue top singer Nick got his sister to make for him when he was 16, in homage to his hero Captain Sensible, the founder of The Damned.

Names too, proved ice breakers. It was Eric who thought up the name The Zephyrs.

He said: "I just used to work on them and thought it was a good name. Then I found something with logos with Zs on and put them on our stuff."

Billy Wears Dresses' memorable logo of a man in fishnets, boots and with a can of lager, was dreamt up by Nick to show, not a man in drag, but a man who looks like he's wearing a dress for a dare.

Venues, however, prove more elusive for bands today, according to Paul. "There aren't the venues like there were and people don't go out as much."

But reaching an audience these days is easier, thanks to one invention not even dreamt of when The Zephyrs were playing to packed halls - the internet.

Nick said: "It is different these days. The music industry is getting used to a new way of working. If a young person gets a CD they say now "you've wasted your money". It's all about downloads."

The group have their own website, kept by Mark Lawrence and Chris Harvey, in charge of their PR, while The Zephyrs' main publicity machine was their very own yellow ambulance - an eyecatching band bus they travelled around in. But neither were in it for the money.

Eric said: "I have never been out of the music business since then. We had some good times. We didn't do it for the money. We played at every village hall there was," adding: "I got hit on the head with a bottle once, but I survived."

Norman said: "There used to be the odd skirmish. We weren't so much a recording band; we were a good live band. We were good with the crowd, that's how we built up a following."

Billy Wears Dresses' burgeoning following include the Billyettes, who try to get to most gigs, and the Billywatchers, but fans can also see them online. They have filmed a video, to support their single, Derek Don't Deliver, with help from media arts students at Canterbury University.

Remembered
The band hope that they could follow in the footsteps of The Zephyrs and also be remembered in 40 years' time.

Nick said: "I think we aim to write songs that are remembered. If we play something that people enjoy, then that's great."

Band-mate Martin added: "If we're having a good time then other people do. If you're happy then that comes across in the music; it's infectious."

Nick said: "Paul said the other day that we're too old to write about how our girlfriends have dumped us and to complain about the music industry. We just like writing songs about things that have happened to us."

Ian, who bought his first drum kit from Eric with wages he got from delivering the KM Extra, added: "There's nothing better than doing something you enjoy."

Another member of the Snowball family, Ian's father Alan, was also connected to The Zephyrs, playing drums when drummer Maurice broke his arm.


  Mirkwood - Collectors vinyl album c1973 now released on CD in UK and in Germany in September, Red Admiral Records has also released the album as downloads on Amazon and iTunes with more worldwide download downloads sites to follow..

Jack Castle guitarist and vocalist with Mirkwood through the years has also released his life album "The Line" on Red Admiral Records downloads available now.


RELEASE - PURE HARDCORE - MIXED BY AUDIO JUNKIE & STYLUS

PURE HARDCORE
Mixed by AudioJunkie & Stylus
Release format: Digital downloads from internet stores worldwide (Physical release to be confirmed)

AudioJunkie & DJ Stylus:
•(nominees for the "Breakthrough DJ" category for the Slamming Vinyl Hardcore Heaven Awards 2008)

•Appeared at the Hardcore Till I Die (HTID) event in Spain.

•Interviewed for fusion TV at the True hardcore 2 launch party.

•On a weekly radio show for Krafty radio, Wednesdays 10-11.

•Recently remixed the Flyin' & Sparky tracks "Free at Last and Rave Phenomenon" both featuring MC WhizzKid.

•Upcoming gigs: Uproar, Stratagize, Rave in a cave and Monthly Mahem.

Digimix Records Ltd

Pure Hardcore: Mixed by AudioJunkie & Stylus

01. Body Rock - AudioJunkie & Stylus feat: JD
02. Listen To My Heart - AudioJunkie & Stylus feat: Scarlet
03. Shake Ya Body - Stylus feat: Olivia
04. Teknique - AudioJunkie & Stylus
05. Perfection - DJ Chaos feat Scarlet
06. The Awakening - AudioJunkie & Stylus
07. Rock The Place - AudioJunkie & Stylus
08. Drop Zone - AudioJunkie & Stylus
09. Uncontrollable - DJ Chaos
10. The Slammer - Jel & Fastraxx (Sy & Unknown remix)
11. Infectious - AudioJunkie & Stylus feat: Rachael
12. Close Your Eyes - AudioJunkie feat Scarlet
13. Shock Wave - AudioJunkie & Stylus
14. Don't Stop Now - AudioJunkie & Stylus
15. Mindwarp - AudioJunkie & Stylus
16. Feel Like Rushin' - AudioJunkie & Stylus feat Rachael
17. Attack The Track - AudioJunkie & Stylus
18. Dirt Style - AudioJunkie & Stylus
19. I'll Be There For You - DJ Chaos feat: Malaya
20. UK Ravers - AudioJunkie & Stylus

On sale now - download from
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pure-hardcore-mixed-by-audiojunkie/id360299415

Listen to AudioJunkie & DJ Stylus - Kraftyradio.com Mix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xUXyAFxvlY

AudioJunkie on myspace: www.myspace.com/audiojunkieonline

DJ Stylus on myspace: www.myspace.com/djalexstylus

Digimix Records have been working with and developing AudioJunkie and DJ Stylus for the last 18 months and are published by Scamp Music (part of the Panama Music group of Companies) whose stable of writers include: Gammer, Lisa Marie, DJ Chaos, Jel & Fastraxx, DJ Ruxpin, GrooveWizard, Scarlet, Malaya.

Digimix Records Limited . Sovereign House, 12 Trewartha Road, Praa Sands, Penzance. Cornwall TR20 9ST England. UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1736 762826 - Fax +44 (0)1736 762826 - Email: info@digimixrecords.com

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Telephone: +44 (0)1303 893472 - Fax: +44 (0)1303 893833 - Email: chris@digimixrecords.com

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