Archive | August, 2012

Too Far To Swim EP – Rosie May

31 Aug

A heads up, for those who don’t know Rosie May or haven’t heard her beautiful new EP ‘Too Far To Swim’

I have been listening to this on repeat for the last hour now, amazed again and again after each listen. Rosie’s voice which yearns and resolves with such hopefulness, is something that anyone who is unsatisfied with a situation, but knows they must get on for things to be OK, will relate to. There is beauty in patience. So if your feeling like giving up on something, have a listen here first. You might change your mind.

Included on the EP, is a stunning arrangement of an old trad song called ‘Water Is Wide’ Rosie you are a Siren!

You can buy a limited edition hand printed EP from Rosie’s Bandcamp page, not only will you be getting a very special CD, but a piece artwork to keep it in from Rosie’s mum too. Such a talented Family.

Enjoy

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Dave Gerard Music – Song A Week

23 Aug

If you haven’t already heard any music From Dave Gerard Music, Then take note now ‘Your missing something very beautiful’.

Dave who leads this project and collaborates with so many talented musicians has set himself a challenge to record a song a week for 6 months and put it on-line for us all to hear. What a treat! That’s 26 songs. Already on week 7, whilst relentlessly gigging with his band in the UK, playing Cambridge Folk festival, The Secret Garden party as well as Peace & Love festival in Sweden, he has not failed to deliver.

You can catch up on the first 7 weeks here and if you like what you hear you should definitely buy the album ‘I Climbed A Tree’  by Dave Gerard And The Watchmen which they released In April this year. It’s such a gem and an absolute must have for your CD collection.

Be Part Of Something

22 Aug

Jack In water have been busy organising a series of events aimed at bringing people together. The project is Called ‘Be Part Of Something’.

The idea was warmly received and backed by the arts council who have given funding to help make this project a reality.

Over the past four weeks people have come from different communities to various venues in Essex to spend the day together, singing together, lunching together getting to know one another and being a part of the project this including members of a local community choir ‘Vocal Reflections’ led by Lin Hargrave who has also led these events.

The outcome of these events will manifest into the final showcase event where illustrations by Local artist Lauren Crow and Portraits by Photographer Andrew Hood of people who have come to the events will be exhibited. There will be performances By Jack In Water and there new found singing buddies as well as performances from other local musicians with there interpretation of their favourite Jack In Water songs.

Jack In water are not only a band who make music about Happiness but they also make films about it too. This whole experience has been documented which includes the thoughts and ideas of what these kind of community projects means to the people who have been involved. This Documentary will also be screened at the final event which will take place At Thaxted Church, Essex on the 22nd of September.

Make sure you are part of something and get yourself down to the last event in September.

For More information visit the Jack In Water website and follow on facebook.

The Unamplified Festival

22 Aug

Our dear friends at Live & UNamplified are hosting the first ever Unamplified Festival which will be happening in the beautiful setting of St Margaret house, Bethnal Green, bringing two days of unamplified music and spoken word to east London.

The festival, which is the first completely unamplified festival ever staged (believe it!) Takes place on the 1st and 2nd of September and will feature 40 acts, on three stages, over two days.

Curated by Live & UNamplified the festival will feature performances by some of the musicians that have featured at their events over the last two years (The Book Club, Old Vic Tunnels, Queen of Hoxton, Dead Dolls Club, Farm:Shop) confirmed are Gorgeous George, Happy Mammoth, Nick Mulvey, Josienne Clarke, Rhys Lewis & the Relics, Fur, Alex Mills, Julia Beil, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Bard, Elli Rumbold and many many more.

The Chill Pill Collective will be hosting the spoken word sessions spread out across both days featuring current UK slam champion Adam Kammerling, fast rising star Raymond Antrobus, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Bespoken Word’ and ‘Rhyme and Reason’ Mr. Gee and many more of their wordsmith cohorts.

Expect some treasure hunts, maybe some dance offs, definitely some face painting and more besides with plenty to amuse kids of all ages especially as under 12s go free!

Tickets are £15 for the whole weekend, free to under-12s and can be purchased through wegottickets here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/174841

for more Information don’t hesitate to contact jack@liveandunamplified.com or call 07731016744

We will be there to soak up the abundance of talent. We hope to see you there.

Rhythm Festivals 2012 “Postponed until 2013”

4 Aug

I’m very sad to say, Rhythm Festival has announced that it has been Cancelled this year… you can read the announcement here… http://www.rhythmfestival.com/ Thank you to all the people who have been involved in or agreed to play the Secret Showcase Presents stage, your support, dedication and generosity has not gone amiss and we will be back very soon with more adventures to be had. TBC…

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