Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Mashers On The Road - Loads coming up and Exclusive Down Loads

Top of this week’s News Blog – and just because I might well forget, is to invite one and all to a meeting of The Myke Barritt Trust, on Monday – yes that is TOMORROW / TODAY depending upon when you get to read this – the 16th August.  Sorry about the short notice but I only found out myself yesterday.  Oh – where is it – The Bridge Inn, time around 7:30pm in the small upstairs room. 

Other Trust News
A huge thank you to the boys and girls of Toein’ In The Dark for their fantastic generosity in donating all monies from the download sale of their CD “Such A Long Way Home” to The Trust Fund. 

The CD is available for download, exclusively via the Acoustic Rotherham Web Site from either the Myke Barritt Trust page HERE or the CD Shop HERE at the fantastic price of £4.99.  The download package includes all the art work. 

Also I’ve finally tracked down a reasonable copy of the Rhiannon vinyl LP, “The Birds of Rhiannon”, and Track 9 is fully repaired – a copy of Spanish Ladies will be Emailed to all those who have already purchased the down load digital package.

For those who have not got their copy of this rare Album you can down load the package from the Trust page HERE or the CD Shop HERE again for the very reasonable price of £4.99.

And don’t forget the pewter key rings etc.  Really great value for £5.99 Link on the Trust page HERE

It’s an exciing couple of weeks for The Mashers coming up.  This coming weekend we travel South to The Worcester Music Festival.   Saturday 21st August.

Apparently we are one of around 270 bands appearing at this three day Festival, and are very proud to have been selected out of the 650 + Bands who had applied for a spot.

The Mashers are very lucky to have two spots, the first at the Tudor House Museum on Worcester’s Friar Street at around 5:00pm as part of the Folk Club Session and again then supporting Dave Onions with Black Cat Bone at The Cricketers on Angel Street from around 9:00pm.

I’m really looking forward to linking up with my old mate Gary Emms who will become a Masher for the day.  Gary and I played in a Folk Group way back in our teens, so as we both near 60 it just goes to show how friendship within the music community often survives a lifetime. ....
Should be a day to remember.

Then the following week it’s The Northern Branch of the Mashers back in action as we head of to The Angel at Topcliffe for an afternoon set at their Acoustic Festival.   That’s Sunday 29th August.  Another new venue for us and Phill and I are really looking forward to it. 

Incidentally, Phillip will be appearing as himself for a solo set at the end of the afternoon.

No doubt the Chapletown Festival at The Commercial will also get a look in on Bank Holiday Monday as Phil and I laugh at the hangovers returning from Whitby!   Only ‘cos we can’t be there ourselves. 

A short break and then on the 12th September we’re off to Wirksworth for the Street Music Festival.  This will be the third year running that we have made this trip and one that we always enjoy.  If you’ve not visited this two day Festival then it’s highly recommended. 

Yes The Mashers did practice this past week – to prove it you can hear three tracks of classics – just – as it sounds as if I’m at The Bridge in Rotherham, while Phill is working away somewhere the other side of the town.    If you want a laugh – find them HERE for a short period of time.

Don’t’ forget the Diary Pages -  get to them via the Acoustic Rotherham News page HERE 

Finally - The Mashers NEED YOU  -  Please sign up as Fan / Supporter of the Mashers on the  Reverbnation site and of course Phillip Hartley to - both Phil and the Mashers have had their chart position slightly watered down by some Johnny come latelys  - so pay us visit HERE play a couple of tracks and sign up as a fan if you've not already done so.  It all helps. 

Finally – as you know I very occasionally get across to my local Club on a Saturday night.  Last night was just such an evening.   I have to say I was really impressed with last night’s Band “Just a Girl” A four piece guitar, bass vocals and drums, with a little assistance from a backing track or two.   But don’t be put off by that news as they played though two sets of covers in a currently unusually for the Club scene, tight and professional manner.  The Las ha a fantastic voice and her version of the latest Lady Ga Ga single was executed brilliantly, even though she claimed it was the first performance of the song. ....
The musicianship of the members of the band was of an extremely high standard with some excellent guitar solos and a drummer that knew how to drive a band – something I’ve not seen in the Club for a very long time.
So look out for them if they visit a Club near you.

It was their first appearance at Rawmarsh Trades and I hope we will be seeing them again ain the not too distant future.

And that brings ye up to date with the goings on.   Short but sweet this week.  

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