Monday, 2 March 2015

Championing Rotherham - Keeping up with the good things.

So the guitar has been prised away from the protective dust it has collected on the stand, and my fingers are being forced into unaccustomed positions on the left side and ripped to pieces on the right.  Yes preparations have started for the “Championing Rotherham” Concert starring Roy Bailey and Ray Hearne + a Galaxy of local talent on the 25th March at Rotherham Trades.   The tickets are now available from the Trades bar and various members of the Rotherham Against the Cuts Committee.  Full Waged £10  Low Waged £6  and unwaged £3.   This is fund raiser to help combat the huge sums of money being imported into Rotherham in support of the Kippers Election Campaign.   You can buy tickets Online HERE

All the artists are donating their time to the cause, so we hope to see you on the 25th.   I’m proud that RAE are providing support to this event.

It’s been a while again so best as I can I’ll try to remember what needs to be reported.  

There was a good turnout of Rotherham mods to support the Jam’d Live at The Trades.  It was good to be back in action after the Winter break.   Following Championing Rotherham, our next event is on the 4th April when back by huge demand are Lovehunter who are the best Whitesnake Tribute Band in the Universe.   This is bound to be another sell out – tickets will be available from all the normal Agents soon and are already on sell Online HERE

Some will have noted that we have changed the title of the bi-weekly Saturday Youth Music and Poetry sessions.  Instead of Auditions we are calling it Jam & Slam (which sounds as if doughnuts are involved somehow).  At the last session we had some new people join in which was great to see.  Everyone is welcome.   On the serious side of things the group started to get to work on lyric writing and fitting to classic music forms like twelve bar blues.   Home work was set!!!   Yikes.    Everyone is going away to put new lyrics to one of their   
favourite songs, either accompanied by themselves or with the aid of backing tracks.

Besides listening to the results of the homework – we will be listening to some bass and drum work, and listening to how it can enhance basic accompaniments.   That’s on the 14th March at MyPlace.   We will also be having a workshop on Comic Song Writing in the very near future.   On 21st March Swansong Acoustic will be popping in to talk about life on the road for a local Band and play a few songs. 

In April we hope to include Photography as part of the Saturday offer to young people. 

We are still looking to build personal and group material that can be recorded and also performed at the main Festivals in Rotherham over the Summer.   

More detail can be found HERE

We welcome a new face to RAE Jemma Thorpe.   Jemma will be an invaluable voluntary asset to RAE and is already at work considering our Commercial Offer.   Expect more additions to the team over the coming weeks.  

We are totally re-building our Volunteer team following all the destruction of last year.  The Volunteer page on the Web Site will soon be updated, but you can discover a basic idea from the existing words HERE   We need Volunteers like never before with so much planned for 2015.  

The Main Line Up for Slamfest 1  4/5 July is set details HERE  We’re aware that Bands and venues are not happy that we have not opened the event as wide around Rotherham as has been our practice in previous years.   We’re sorry.  In each year we have had at least one venue that has caused us problems because of equipment or even Bands pulling out without notice.  We are keeping things as simple as possible in 2015.   We will welcome all venues / Bands, and they can all be included in the Festival, but they must provide all PA and backline for Bands.  We will provide assistance and all the publicity but that is all. 

The same applies to Slamfest2 on the 22nd August. 

That all said stay tuned for news as our Volunteer base improves.

I’m told that ticket sales for The Secret History of Cake a Tair play and production with help from the Arts Council are going well.  25 / 26 March at The Old Market Gallery and 2nd April at RCAT.  Please show your support for this locally written and produced work, which I am reliably informed is not quite what the title suggests and very funny. 

On 11th March there is what promises to be a fantastic ROAR talk at the Westgate Art Centre starting 4:30pm with Leigh de Vries described as a musician and industrial artist.   It’s open to all Rotherham artists and whoever might have an interest.   If you’re not a Member of ROAR then it’s also a chance to find out more.  

Also at the ROAR Art Space on Westgate is the highly entertaining and noise making African Drumming classes.   These take place every Tuesday with youngsters 5 – 6 pm and adults 6 – 7pm.  Pop along and join Amy.  

I’m told that the new Open Mic at the Monkwood was a great success with much jamming going on.   Why not pop along to the couple of sessions on the 4th and 25th March.   Should be great fun.

Heads up to a special Market at the Imperial Building on Corporation Street on Sunday 8th March.   I believe this is the second one to be held.   They really help local crafters, artists and Imperial Retailers to survive.    I’m told that there will be some light music.   

It’s the first week of the month coming up when I would normally be pointing you towards the Play On session.   Unfortunately session still has not found a new home having lost their place at The Rutland in Sheffield.    While I’ve not been able to get across for a couple of years I have a great infirmity with Play On, it being the home session of Myke Masher and it’s sad to see it struggling to find a home for their monthly get together.

But the ROMPers will be in action at The Bridge.  Always a lively evening of performance verse. 

Advanced warning that ROMP2 will be gathering on 11th March at The New York Tavern., Sheffield Road, Rothehram.  

The Concertina Club in Mexborough will be hosting the Cosy Cinema on Thursday.   This month’s offering is Clockwork Orange , starts 7:45pm

The Cutlers Sunday afternoon music is turning into must go.  On the 8th March The Mugshots will be hosting and on 15th it’s Ryan + talented Tom Kilner in acoustic mode.    Make a note in the Diary for the 5th April when The Sons of El Roacho will be presenting the afternoon session.

Apparently you can see a little construction work going on out the back of The Cutlers.  A canvas screen is being put in place so as to allow outside music.  Watch out for news of special concert which includes a European Band coming up soon.   Our Mick knows how to book them.  

Closing in on Easter means that it’s time to collate a New Word Pit.   Word Pit can be found on the Acoustic Rotherham Web Site, and features the best of local poets.   If you wield a mean pen then we want to hear from you -  this is open to everyone, so send your material to our Editor of mystery, Chris Bilton by Email HERE

And as per usual there is much going on behind the scenes that I cannot yet talk about.   Watch this space for developments.  

Those essential Web Site book marks:

Resource Page HERE
Listings Index HERE
Slamfest HERE
Live At The Trades  HERE
Wordpit  HERE

Whatever you are doing, have great fun, support your local artists and business and KEEP IT LIVE

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