19 July 2011

Regatta Song and Dance update

Great response to last week's call for musicians to take the stage at Regatta Song and Dance on 20th August - thanks all, your enthusiasm, time and talents are very much appreciated.

There's going to be a really rich variety of high quality entertainment for everyone at the Coast Road car park all afternoon - not just music, but storytelling and drama too, maybe even a fire-eater!

Still a few places left, though, so please do drop me an email if you're at all interested.

STOP PRESS: exciting news - One-Drum  have agreed to start the whole proceedings off with - quite literally - a BANG! This will be a brilliant way to kick off Song and Dance 2011. They'll probably be starting at noon, but watch this space for definite info soon.

One Drum Music and Dance from one drum on Vimeo.

13 July 2011

Calling all musicians . . .

Saturday 20th August is West Mersea Town Regatta Day and last year the first ever 'Regatta Song and Dance' event was held on the Coast Road car park, providing free, family-friendly, land-based entertainment between the end of the Watersports and the start of the prizegiving and subsequent firework display.

The brainchild of Regatta Commodore Chrissie Westgate, Song and Dance 2010 was a huge success, with Coast Inn Session musicians joining forces to create 'The Regatta Ceilidh Band' for the Ceilidh.

To further enhance what will already be a much upgraded 'experience' for the punters this year (more local crafts and nautically-themed stalls, more sideshows, more purveyors of food and drink, etc) we are looking for musicians, solo or in groups, who fancy taking the stage (and it will be a real stage this time) for an informal half-hour (or even 15 minute) acoustic slot.

Very light amplification will be OK, so long as the basic overall effect is acoustic (we have promised the Regatta Committee that the afternoon's entertainment will not clash or compete with the Watersports commentary - they were there first, we are the new kids, so must fit in around the existing arrangements).

The Song and Dance proper kicks off with the children's dancing display at 5 pm, followed by the Ceilidh at 5.30.  So we're looking for people to fill informal half-hour slots from midday onwards.

I have a timetable and a few slots are already booked but there are still plenty to spare (despite what you may have read in Mersea Life Magazine). So if you would like to have a go, or know anyone else locally who would, please drop me an email, or see me at the Session.

Any genre of singing and playing is welcome. Or dancing. Or juggling. Or magic. Or fire-eating. Or indeed any other kind of entertainment. It doesn't have to be nautically themed and you don't have to dress up as a pirate (unless you want to!) The only stipulation is that it must be strictly 'family friendly', so no post-watershed or otherwise 'inappropriate' lyrics please.

Regatta Song and Dance is a 100% community event, by the community for the community. No-one gets paid - it's all done for fun and love and in celebration of our island's unique ambiance. Do come and join in.

Look forward to being overwhelmed by volunteers very soon!


PS - the Session email list is looking rather out of date. If you are a regular or occasional Session musician and didn't receive an email about this, please drop me a line with your contact details and I'll add you to the list.

6 July 2011

"All That Is Mersea" dvd on sale on Thursday nights

The 90-minute dvd of the "All That Is Mersea" concert will be available to buy at the Session on Thursday nights from this week. Price £10, or £8 for people who performed in the concert. All profits to Friends of West Mersea Parish Church.

5 July 2011

All That Is Mersea concert update

The 'All That Is Mersea' concert in aid of Friends of West Mersea Parish Church, in which session members - or the 'Coast Inn Players', as they were styled for the evening - sang a selection of rousing shanties, gets good coverage in this week's Courier, with photos by Chrissie Westgate forming the centre spread.

DVDs of the concert are now available at £10 (or at a great concessionary price for performers).

See the FWMPC website  for details or email info@fwmpc.org.uk to reserve your copy.

1 July 2011

Thursday 30.6.11

A really cracking and highly eclectic session this week. The wealth of musical talent gathered on a Thursday night just grows and grows. Great to see some musicians who haven't been along for a while, and also to welcome Jose on the piano, who went down a storm and we really hope to see him back at the Coast again soon. Thanks to Iona for taking some of the pics.

Commercial Break - Bill Kitchen

When Bill Kitchen turns up at the Coast Inn on a Thursday night, it's as though an entire coachload of musicians has arrived. Not only does he usually bring one or more of his talented Brightlingsea compatriots with him, but a collection of instruments so diverse one can only wonder how he can squish them into a single vehicle, let alone play them all. But play them he does. Is there nothing this man cannot pluck, bang, blow or scrape? Though I don't think we've ever seen him at the keyboard ( have we?).   




In addition to being a one-man folk band, Bill can sing and Bill can act (as those of us who enjoyed his Alf Doolittle in My Fair Lady earlier in the year will testify), and now this man of many parts has launched himself in yet another guise - as a qualified reflexologist.  And it is as a slightly accidental but very grateful beneficiary of his healing ministrations that I have interrupted this otherwise non-commercial blog to advertise Bill's new enterprise - Sole Sensations. Put your feet in a safe pair of hands!