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Musical memories fundraiser

As part of Age UK Warwickshire a second monthly 'Dementia Cafe' is being launched at The Saxon Mill. The cafe is a morning meeting for people who suffer with dementia as well as their carers and is a place to meet, socialise, listen to and perform music.

To help raise funds for the launch, come along to an evening of lively acoustic music upstairs at the Saxon Mill on Thursday October 6th at 8PM. Tickets are £5 and available from

You can expect some fine acoustic performances from:

Ant and Jim of Rosetta Fire;

Shanade Morrow;

Matt Hernandez; and

Wes Finch.



Ben Clempson at the Zephyr

Top stuff from Ben Clempson at the Zephyr. Smokey and articulate with a hint of danger.



We've heard some worrying stories about local venues having to close because nearby properties have switched to residential use and then complained about late night noise levels.

However, it looks like there may be some legal protection coming in for established venues. From April 6th, local planners will have to consider the potential noise impact from local businesses before granting planning permission for residential use. Mark Davy from the Music Venue Trust says, "This is a major victory for the UK's music venues and music fans. The fight to protect, secure and improve them goes on."


Godiva calling

If you fancy playing the Godiva festival this year, you can take part in a competition to help the organisers pick some signed and unsigned local acts

to play the festival stages. Winners will also get a slot on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio.

You can apply as: indie/pop; urban; singer/songwriter; or rock/metal with heats at various local venues around Coventry.


Time after time

We enjoyed this subtle, folk-tinged live take on the Cyndi Lauper classic from Leamington's own Jackie James. There's some classy video work too.


On Bass, Sir Horace Gentleman

{Thanks to Andy Holdcroft for this review}

The new temporary (until December 2016) exhibition at Coventry Music Museum is called "On Bass, Sir Horace Gentleman", being a look at the hugely varied career of the man known most famously for being the bassplayer of The Specials. The exhibition is jam packed with material from Horace's private collection including material collected by his parents and encompasses his career from "Breaker" through The Specials, General Public etc to his several current projects via a huge range of fascinating side projects (remember "Barnsley Bill"?). There is a video of him being interviewed created specially for the exhibition plus several pieces of his artwork, reflecting his other great love, including one he has made exclusively for the event. More details can be found including opening hours, at the Coventry Music Museum (linked below).


From the back catalogue

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