Newsletter Number 2

20th August 2013

Hello everybody, and welcome to our second Newsletter!

Things are progressing pretty fast at MusicStation. All the 50” plasma screens are up and connected to the iMacs, the studio is now connected between the control room and live room and the walls are decorated with our fantastic new Miles Davis painting, posters and record covers. We have been doing lots of summer holiday lessons, but we are really preparing for the 16th September, which is our beginning of term. People are already booking up their slots and we are looking for groups to start as soon as we have enough students (some teaching slots may have to change to accommodate new groups). Please pass on our details to your friends and schools, we have flyers if anyone needs any.
As of 16 September lessons will need to be booked and paid for in half term blocks. The first block is 6 weeks taking us up to October half term. The half term week will have extra activities that can be booked, or you can just book a one off lesson. All 30 minute Individual Lessons are £18 as of 16 September 2013. Group Lessons are £21 for 50 minutes or £10.50 for 25 minutes (recommended for students of primary school age).
Our next Open Day is Saturday 28th September. 10.30am – 5pm. Please invite your friends! Tonbridge will be buzzing all day and evening on that date, as there is also a Busking Day to raise money for the British Legion, with musicians positioned all over the town. Pam Mills from the British Legion is still signing up musicians for the event, if anyone is interested.
Here is the info about the Busking Day:

www.facebook.com/events/216832615136834/?fref=ts

Staff News
James our drum teacher, has been busy playing some quite diverse gigs. Last week he played with Matt Berry at the Green Man Festival in Wales. The gig was slightly unusual in that they were on straight after Patti Smith who had the 6000 strong crowd singing along with songs such as ‘Because The Night’. James described it as “terrifying”, but fortunately the crowd stayed and the show went really well.
Here’s a review from walesonline.co.uk
“A difficult act to follow, it was left to Matt Berry (yes, he of the booming voice and fame as a comic actor in cult classics The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd) to close Thursday night’s proceedings on the Far Out stage.
Ably assisted by a six-piece band that included Mark Morris (of Bluetones fame) on guitar, and a backing singer (and sometime clarinetist) who looked like she might have stepped out of Pan’s People.
It’s difficult to know sometimes quite how earnest Berry’s indulgent mix of excessive prog and folk really is at times, or whether he really has his tongue firmly in his cheek, but it’s great fun anyway, and a perfect fit for Green Man’s eclectic but niche programme of alternative music.”
Matt Berry Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Matt Berry backstage.

Two days later, James played drums in Punchdrunk’s production ‘The Drowned Man’ The show takes place over three floors of a deserted Post Office depot now called the Temple Theatre next to Paddington Station. Here’s a review from Metro:

“You’re in a creepy film studio somewhere in 1960s America. A heavy atmosphere of voodoo, religious obsession, decay, corporate power and exploitation hangs over everything.

And there are sounds, not reassuring sounds. Brooding ambient music keeps your nerves on edge as you grope your way through the maze. Occasionally the soundtrack bursts out in a dramatic pastiche of an epic film score that sticks in your head.”

James Drowned Man
This is James preparing for the show. Everyone has to wear one of these masks!

James highly recommends the show if you like very challenging theatre! (Over-18’s only)

This week James will be trying out the new MusicStation recording studio, recording drums for the new EP from up and coming artist Goldie Reed. We will put up the recordings when they are mixed.

http://www.goldiereed.com/

Our amazing singing teacher Jez Harley has a new single out now. We think it’s a potential hit!

The Good Ship Band ‘A Little Love’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oMZsSCs4jM

You can buy it on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-good-ship-band-pt.-3-1-3-ep/id659569856

Jez Harley
This is Jez playing at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.

The Big Easy Acoustic Quartet featuring our piano teacher Julie Parker and drum teacher James Sedge, with David Migden (vocals) and Paul Rippengal (guitar), are playing Friday 23rd August at the Grey Lady in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. They will be playing music from artists such as Ray Charles, Dr John and various old style R&B from the deep south. £5 admission includes a free beer or glass of wine.

The Facebook event is https://www.facebook.com/events/191737507663018/

Here is a video of them performing ‘Such a Night’ by Dr John.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTDJNdI2Gr0

 David Migden and the Dirty Words (featuring David Migden, James Sedge,  Phil Scragg, Graham Mann and special guest Paul Rippengal) are playing a fundraiser for next year’s Local and Live Festival at the Grey Lady on Sunday 25th August. They will be supported by the amazing Audiowhores and Burning Shapes. £8 on the door, starts at 9pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/487791547977397/

Here is a video of David Migden and the Dirty Words performing ‘Desert Inside’

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

 Finally, here are our social media links:

MusicStation Facebook page please give us a like to get all of our updates

https://www.facebook.com/musicstationuk

 MusicStation Twitter

https://twitter.com/MusicStationUK

That’s all for now, feel free to call or email with your lesson bookings!

Regards,

Julie and James