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Oyster Morris Memorial Ceilidh
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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
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.
Julie and Gavin Atkin the popular Kent Folk performers released their Album 'Sentimental Journey' CD December 6th.
A 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
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square
Telephone: 0300 333 6022
CANTERBURY SINGER ART BAXTER (1926-1997) BIOGRAPHY & WEBSITE
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;
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
The 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
With Gig Poster creating posters and flyers for your shows. It’s simple, it’s fast and it’s free.
Pick a template, add the name of the artist, the venue, the gig details and personalize it with an image or different colours. Share your poster on your favourite social networks and let your fans and friends know about it!
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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.
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.
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.
TW Forum - One of Kent's last indie venes tell it as it is in Guardian article.
Dorian Gray Charts again after 45 years
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
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.
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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
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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,
Creator - Labelled Independent - the New Music Podcast
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.
Monday Matters 7pm-10pm Mon
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.?
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|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|
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
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/
"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)
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?
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.
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
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
Kent Messenger Article
Demo tracks on the radio now
Fate The Juggler
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thoughts for the day, what does the future hold
Notes to an an editor on an article in their jazz mag for DecemberWe 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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
News from 2011
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
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.
WARNING: This email may try to sell you an album that will benefit 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
More info richardansell.com
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.
Dover Community Radio
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.
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
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
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.
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 :)
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).
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.
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
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
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HERITAGE MUSIC COMPANY
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.
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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....................
Dave Berry , Chris Farlowe , Wayne Fontana , Terry Sylvester ( formerly of The Hollies ) all backed by Vanity Fare and Very Special Guests The Merseybeats
Saturday 14th - Chatham Central Theatre, 2 shows 3pm & 7pm
Sunday 15th - Assembly Halls Tunbridge Wells
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.
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!
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
Graham White 07990828114
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London Marathon Race Day blog is up!
Please pass round!
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
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 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.
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
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.comIf you are interested please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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
Each area can host between 27 and 36 Bands and ALL will be cracking events! Enquiries about the format email email@example.com
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.
Sponsors bandquest prizes 2009/2010/2011
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
"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
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
Fifty years ago Lonnie Donegan released the record that was to become his biggest hit;
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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
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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
The album can be downloaded from normal sources Itunes, amazon, spotify
Contact Embryon – email@example.com
JC - 07799765717
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.
British Rock band- throw The Beatles, Blur , Led Zep, Kings of leon and stereophonics in a blender. Outcome = The Grafters
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.
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.
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)
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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.
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”.
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
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
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
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
Kieran Gaffney The 14-year-old Drummer is from Deal in Kent. He performs with his parents locally in their act Mixed Emotions.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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'
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 -
‘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)
Kent. ME16 8SR
Exit Junction 5 on the M20
Tel: 01622 727260
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".
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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.
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
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
Himalayan Blues Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal – 7th to 11th October 09Thanks 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.
Alan Burris (BLUES BUSINESS Bassman/Manager) Oct-09
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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 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:
Oyster Girls & Hovelling Boys is available priced at £10.00 (£12.00 inc. p&p) online from
Steel Carpet Music at www.petecastle.co.uk
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Musicians are set to benefit by up to £5000 to put towards release quality recordings, thanks to Astar Studios, the UK’s first professional recording studio to offer loans for recording purposes. What’s even better is the loans are interest free for up to 2 years!
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.
Getting any type of credit has always been extremely difficult for musicians, so the opportunity to offer interest free finance for recording services sits well with Astar’s philosophy to empower artists with the best possible recordings, visuals and business plan to get them noticed. The loans can be taken out by the artist directly or on their behalf by a manager, family member or friend. Hopefully this will open the door for many artists and bands to make the record they always dreamed of and spread costs of promotion and gigging.”
Astar Studios is a member of the Association of Professional Recording Services.
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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.
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.
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.
Mixed by AudioJunkie & Stylus
Release format: Digital downloads from internet stores worldwide (Physical release to be confirmed)
& 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.
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
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