28 October 2010

Thursday 28.10.10 - Session's belated birthday celebrations

Barry's come up trumps with some photos from the Session's First Birthday celebrations, postponed from the week before:

22 October 2010

16 October 2010

21st October - the Session's First Birthday!

Come and celebrate 12 months of musicmaking at the Coast Inn next Thursday.

Here are some pics from Session Number One, in October 2009.

. . . what a difference a year makes!

Thursday 14.10.10

This week's photos are by Brian (using his mobile phone) and me (with my poor, ailing Canon) . . . so absolutely no prizes for quality, but hope they capture the spirit of the evening. Several notable regulars sadly missed, but really great to see so many new faces round the table. Lots more on the Gallery page.

David Britton's Session sketches

Mersea artist David Britton and his wife Rachel are frequent visitors to the Session. You may have noticed that David usually has his sketchbook and charcoal at the ready. He recently allowed me to scan some of the drawings he's made on Thursday nights - and here they are:

David is best known for his wonderful large-scale landscape oil paintings, of which the one below was a finalist in the Daily Mail 'Not the Turner Prize' competition 2003, it's entitled 'Low Tide, Mersea Island':

You can see more of David's paintings at the Art Cafe , where a book featuring his poems and paintings is also available.

(On Saturday 12th February next year, David's sequence of readings and music - "The Land and the Sea" - will be performed at St Peter's Church, West Mersea, with Greg and John Leyland, amongst others, providing the music. More details on the News page in due course. )

Thursday 7.10.10

More on the Gallery page, as usual.

6 October 2010

Ceilidh Club at Langenhoe Village Hall

John Leyland has asked us to let everyone know about the Ceilidh Club held at Langenhoe Village Hall on the second Friday of each month.  The next one will be this Friday, 8th October.

It runs from 8.00pm - 11.30 pm. Tickets cost £8.00, including food. There's always live music to dance to and the caller is, more often than not, Mr Leyland himself!  All are very welcome.

Future Ceilidh Club meetings will be listed on the news page here and also on the Mersea Island Live Music  website.

The Moondance Club

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Tickets . . .

. . . for the Mayor's Fundraising Session on 11th November are selling out VERY FAST.  If you need audience tickets (£4 each), please see me at this week's Thursday Session - it may be your very last chance to get into this sell-out special Session!

. . . for the Christmas Ceilidh at the MICA Centre on Saturday 11th December, with the 'Regatta Ceilidh Band' (aka Liz, Greg, Tom, Rick and Adrian)', and John Leyland (caller) are now available. I'll be bringing them along to Thursday Sessions every week, and they'll soon be on sale at the MICA Centre or from Chrissie Gamble. Adults £6, children £3, family ticket £15. Ticket price includes a hot supper, three hours of lively dancing, and a musical interlude with Ellie Scrivener. There will be a bar and a raffle, and all profits will be going towards making next year's Regatta Song & Dance even bigger and better.

The Moondance Club

Important diary date: Announcing the launch of Ian's new "Moondance Club" this Sunday, 10th October, in the restaurant at the Coast Inn. 7-10pm. Entry free.

Three hours of relaxed jazz for a Sunday evening. Ian on piano, Tom on bass and Rick on drums, with Ian, Caroline, Anna and others on vocals. Other musicians will be very welcome, but please contact Ian in advance to book your slot  - this isn't a come-along-and-play session like Thursdays, but a little more structured and rehearsed.

Do come along and support this exciting new venture. Hopefully it will be a fortnightly event. More news here soon.

1 October 2010