It is planned to re-start the group commencing 25th October and thereafter from 2-4pm on the 4th Monday of the month. The emphasis is on getting to know blues artists, their work and where it has been influential in the 20th century:
Review the lives of influential American blues artists of the 20th century .
Listen to examples of their recorded music.
Consider and listen to British music influenced by these artists.
Occasionally attend appropriate music events.
Play and sing some Blues in its simplest form (To misquote Woody Guthrie "More than 3 chords is just showing off"). The final 30 mins will be devoted to this and the simplest of instruments are welcome, but just listen if thats what you prefer.
The meetings are held at Steve Jones' house in Eastoke and accommodate seven people. Steve has a good collection of blues recorded music and literature and prepares a presentation each month supported by electronic literature (pdf’s), using dropbox.
Members are welcome to contribute in one or more of the following ways:
Bring an interest in Blues and a desire to enjoy the genre, through listening and discussion.
Prepare and give a presentation, if happy to. This can be related to a Blues artist or how their work has affected their own life (Desert Island Discs in Blue).
Whilst this is not primarily a performing group jamming/singing a bit of Blues will be fun and aid understanding the genre.
This is a group for players with some knowledge of recorder playing up to those more familiar with the instrument. This is a very easy going, friendly group with the main idea of enjoying playing music together with no pressure
We meet on a Wednesday afternoon maybe once or twice a month on a very fluid basis.
We are open to other instruments that will complement our current line up. Instrumentalists who are seeking to develop within a small group will find a good home here. You don't have to be a Benny Goodman or an Acker Bilk.
We encourage members to present short programmes of recorded music of their own choosing with commentary on the music, composers and/or performers. Each monthly meeting is in two parts with refreshment in between. A meeting can thus accommodate two short programmes or one longer one.
Programmes are often a mixture of music which reflect the presenters life ("Desert Island Discs"), or works of a favourite composer, or of the same type - choral, form, musical instrument, or on a subject - water, immigration, etc. They range from classical music, to popular, jazz, and traditional music of other countries.
We started out as a group that just played together, but we were soon being asked to perform for local clubs.
We meet to play on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
We perform as 'The Hayling Huggers' and our venues now include a local supermarket and theatre, fetes, sheltered accommodation and rest homes and private parties. We usually receive donations for playing, all of which goes to charity, the main beneficiary being Naomi House/ Jack's Place hospice.
The repertoire is constantly being added to and we find it all great fun.
We currently have found a new lady member but uke players who can sing and play and would like performing at gigs are welcome to register an interest.