20 June 2011

'The Coast Inn Players' and 'Vocalise' at the FWMPC launch concert

Photos by Chrissie and Colin Westgate.

See also the video of the event below.

If you didn't go to the launch concert, but are interested in supporting West Mersea's historic church, you can join the 'Friends' via their website  - leaflets are also available in the church porch. The initiative is all about maintaining the church as a building, for the island and its community. You don't have to be a member of the congregation, or a churchgoer, or a believer at all to join in  - it's for anyone at all who cares about protecting Mersea's architectural and aesthetic heritage for future generations. Future musical events in the fundraising campaign will be listed on the News page here.

Friends of West Mersea Parish Church Launch Concert

Here's a video of this wonderful event, which starred some of our favourite Mersea musicians - from our very own 'Coast Inn Players' singing shanties, to Vocalise, in a truly triumphant debut public performance. You'll get an idea of the eclectic array of musical talent on display - as well as the rapturous audience reception - from this brief medley. 

Altogether a superb evening's entertainment and a highly effective way to launch this very worthwhile initiative.  More info about the aims and objectives of the 'Friends' on the FWMPC website here.

13 June 2011

Friends of West Mersea Parish Church - launch day and evening concert

Reminder about Saturday's launch of Friends of West Mersea Parish Church - a fundraising initiative to save and restore this historic building for future generations.

Local musicians - including a group from the Coast Inn Session, as well as Vocalise -  have been invited to perform in the concert that rounds off the day's events, and the programme includes:

7.30 Coast Inn Players

7.50 Cafe Musica

8.15 Break,  Morris Dancing,  Wine 

8.45 Organ recital

9.00 Vocalise Choir

9.20 Cafe Musica

Here's the appeal's official video:

And here's a taste of Cafe Musica, aka James Weaver and Peter Banks, introduced by Steve Rice:

Thursday 9.6.11

8 June 2011

Hello Åland Islands, hello World!

Locations of visitors to this page

Never let it be said that the Mersea Session is a parochial little institution, unheard of outside Essex, let alone the UK. Oh no indeed - far from it. In fact, as our Cluster Map (which usually lives down at the bottom left of the page) reveals, this website has been visited by fans from 42 different countries

Current Country Totals

From 30 Jun 2010 to 3 May 2011

United Kingdom  2,145
United States  80
Europe  66
Russian Federation  13
Germany  11
France  9
Australia  9
Canada  7
Ireland  5
India  5
South Africa  3
Poland  3
Malaysia  3
Mexico  3
Italy  3
New Zealand  2
Spain  2
Belgium  2
Taiwan  2
Philippines  2
Denmark  2
Saudi Arabia  2
Ukraine  2
Switzerland  2
Netherlands  2
Sweden  1
Finland  1
Aland Islands  1
Norway  1
Czech Republic  1
Portugal  1
Singapore  1
Vietnam  1
Brazil  1
Chile  1
Palestinian Territory  1
Pakistan  1
Georgia  1
Bulgaria  1
Turkey  1
Malta  1
Morocco  1
Austria  1

Yes, OK, it might just conceivably be the case that one or two of those were inadvertent visits - accidental landings from unlikely Google searches - but nevertheless it is rather heartwarming to know that there are individuals somewhere out there in Morocco, Bulgaria, Taiwan and the Åland Islands, who have, albeit fleetingly, caught a glimpse of Mersea life.

(NB 'hits' on Cluster Map represent visits from each different ISP per day, so multiple pageviews by the same user aren't counted, and hence our visitor total should not be too skewed by, for example, thrice-hourly gazing at photos by the lovelorn or the narcissistic amongst our readership.)

Food, Drink and Leisure Festival 2011

The third Mersea Island Food, Drink and Leisure Festival was a huge success, with an estimated 6,000 visitors over the two days. The crowds were particularly in evidence on the Sunday, when, just like last year, the weather was much kinder than on the Saturday - the sun shone, and people packed the lawns, eating ice-creams, drinking Mersea beer and enjoying the entertainments on both the main stage on the top arena and in the 'acoustic tent' on the lower lawn. Members of the Coast Inn's Thursday Session and Moondance Club contributed to much of the weekend's music-making, with Liz doing a fantastic job organising sound for the whole event, as well as performing with Blackwaterside.

Here are some pics of musicians at the Festival by Chrissie Westgate, with ten of mine tagged on at the end (have finally found my camera, previously believed lost in the move - hooray!):