When ‘The Big Book of Worcester Who’s Who’ is written (you never know, it might one day) I hope the authors will find it in their hearts to include the following as a lasting reminder of a small town boy who dared to dream.
“In 2007 I had a dream. A dream that would bring musicians, venues, music lovers and the general public together in a festival of love, appreciation and enjoyment of live music whilst helping those less fortunate than ourselves. This dream was a dream I dreamt and foolishly tried to make it reality. And a reality it became, born with the co-operation of like-minded people my dream was fulfilled and I could live my life knowing that I had achieved something, and I saw that it was good.”
That is what I hope they’ll print.
In reality I probably won’t get a mention or possibly, if I’m lucky, they’ll write
“Chris Bennion, nice guy, put on a few gigs, called it Worcester Music Festival and then gave up.”
I was asked recently, by a nice old lady if I could book some live music for a local event. “What’s the budget?” I asked. The woman looked at me like I’d molested her pet parrot. Confused, worried and a little shocked she said “It’s a community event.”
Still looking at me like that had answered my question she continued “It’s to raise money for the local parish. There’ll be hundreds of people there.”
“So there’s no fee?”
“I’m sure we can offer them a cream cake and as much tea and coffee they want.”
I have put on gigs in a variety of venues in Worcester. The Marrs Bar, Drummonds, Keystones, Coach and Horses, St Swithuns Church, Cap n Gown, Boston Tea Party, The Pheasant, Swan With Two Nicks, Worcester Arts Workshop, Eagle Vaults, Tudor House Museum …. (jeez, that’s a lot of venues. I’d forgotten about a lot of these until writing this list.) Read the rest of this entry »
Where else will you find such a diverse array of musical acts on the same bill.
A ukulele duo, a couple of singer songwriters, a salsa dancing act and a hip hop soul band.
Only at Lazy Sunday at Cafe Bliss, the heart of the Worcester Arts Workshop.
The second lazy Sunday of the year was blessed with an unseasonaly hot sun. It was a beautiful day and beautiful people were in the courtyard of cafe bliss for some fine live music and some of Eloinas famous Belize Cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »
So, I heard there was some sort a gig going on at the Worcester Arts Workshop. We had a bit of trouble with the lighting desk the previous week and me being their occasionally resident sound and lighting guy, I thought I’d better get down there and make sure they had some stage lighting. And I’m so glad I did as I was able to enjoy a wonderful evening of live acoustic music courtesy of ‘A Drop In The Ocean’.
Jack Monopoli kicked off the gig with a rather stunning acoustic solo spot. Read the rest of this entry »
That’s another job out the way. Poster designed, printed and delivered to the customer. And I have to be honest, I am really pleased with them.
This is just one of the packages I can offer.
Design of event poster (full colour)
2 x A2 Posters
15 x A3 Posters
50 x A6 Flyers
ALL FOR JUST £35.00
Its nearly time to start thinking about the next Pantomime from Norton Theatre Group. I have been writing the script for the past four months. Give it a couple more months and I might be happy with it. … but I doubt it.
I was browsing the internet (procrastinating again) and came across this video (below) which I had forgot all about from 2014/2015. It’s a video by Ruth Wakefield showing the work that goes into putting a show on.It was the second script I had written for the group and contained some great lines and some bad jokes. .. really bad jokes, really really really ….
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Well, that was a blast from the past. The last time I saw Grannies Attic was in July 2012. It was actaully at a NJS gig – the last ever Acoustic Lunch at The Old Rectifying House. Granny’s Attic were near the bottom of the bill below country music act The Cowley Cowboys, Folk/Americana duo The May Dolls (featuring the awesome Tyler Massey) , and local blues legend Bob Jones (first on was Wolvo indie acoustic guitarist Zim Zim if I remember right.). There were only two of them back then but even at that young age (they were probably still at school) you could tell that they were an act to watch.
Now they are a three piece, mandolin/fiddle, guitar, and accordion/squeezeboxes, and man, are they talented? In those four years they have matured, their vocals are perfect for the style of music they choose to play, and it seems a rare thing for a group this young to have such a passion for folk music.
They are unbelievably tight and their musicianship is that of seasoned professionals, but I suppose given the fact that they have been performing on the live scene since they were kids, they probably are seasoned.