Friday 2nd July 2021 8pm onwards
|Virtual Open Stage with special guest Cindy Stratton|
You are warmly invited to a pre-dinner selection of jazzy and self-penned canapes with Cindy and Marius, served up via Zoom and all over by the time the main course is ready.
We will feature some classic ballads to smooch on the sofa to, such as “The nearness of you” and “Misty”, the Nina Simone classic “My Baby”, and some of Cindy’s love songs from her extensive repertoire.
If you would like to join us to kick off a Valentine’s Night like no other (because of Covid-19 lockdown), please use the contact email form and we will send you a Zoom link before the event.
Thank you and it would be lovely to see you then.
Well… nothing much has changed since my last post. As a county, we appear to be closer than ever to another lockdown. As a profession, musicians have been totally ignored.
It is a tough time though for everyone, and I am blessed to be able to at least restart some teaching with some wonderful pupils, and we have begun some socially-distanced Covid-secure rehearsals with small groups from Sassparella (whilst the others participate in a simultaneous Zoom session).
Live performances seem a lifetime away… so we will have to think laterally. Marius and I may have an idea come Valentine’s Night (-;
Stay tuned for more announcements.
In the meantime, here is my latest track, Bees, written during the spring of lockdown… no traffic noise, no planes in the sky, just the sound and feel of nature at its most glorious.
I hope you are all safe and well and it’s my sincere wish for you that despite the unprecedented challenges of recent times you’ve been able to find some positives from the lockdown situation.
Back in the spring I spent as much time as I could outdoors and was profoundly grateful for my garden.
Inspiration for music came directly from nature, bees humming, everything growing prolifically, birds singing, beautiful clear skies.
My song “Bees” came about.
It’s going to be played on Chris Samuels wonderful monthly radio show, for West Wilts Radio, “ My polyphonic life..”, which airs at 6pm this Thurs 3rd Sept, and is then repeated on Sunday as well as staying on their listen again page. This month he celebrates the return of live music.
(My track is about 12 minutes in).
I hope you find time to have a listen and enjoy.
This Sunday Jelli Records is hosting an afternoon and evening online live music event and you can catch me performing a 20 minute set at 4.30. I’d love you to join me.
You can go to Jelli Records FB page and find all the links, or indeed look at my FB page.
Music starts at 2 pm. You are encouraged to make a donation, large or small, the proceeds of which will be shared among all the performers.
Musicians and artists are having the hardest of times at the moment with so many performances cancelled and an uncertain future ahead, so anything you are able to chip in will help and be massively appreciated.
Well, sending you all my very best wishes and love
The Covid-19 lockdown has really impacted on artists and musicians, along with the gig-going public. I will continue to put some live performances from my music room on Facebook and Youtube… it’s not the same I know, but it’s something.
If things change in the coming months, and we all pray that they do, I will be performing at the Saul Boat Festival on Saturday 18 July, and later in the year at The Rondo in Bath on Saturday 17th October… see you then, I hope…
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