The Orchestra Pit The Orchestra Pit

February 2011


Mark Braby, Andy Coules and Shaun Hendry present the latest in an ongoing series of genuinely alternative after-office live entertainments. Admission is free to members (show your membership card) otherwise sign in for membership. Donations, to the performers, will be sought.

Friday 25th February

Those who performed are (in no particular order):

Mark Pilkington & Richard Sanderson - A improvising duo of unusual timbres with "Strange Attractor" mainman Mark Pilkington producing esoteric tones on the synthesiser while folk electronicist Richard Sanderson works with the earthier sounds of the melodeon (diatonic button accordion) and amplification...

Dead Days Beyond Help - "Now, obviously DDBH is a two piece, and how on earth can a two piece be scaled down?...well, by playing quieter and with less stuff to hit and strum. We've been busy cutting each other's skins and strings respectively in order for this to happen" thus ponders Mr Jeremy Doulton, one half of this noisy and irksome little outfit. the other half - Mr Alex Ward - is less prone to worry about such trivial matters, and simply requests that if you should enjoy their set, then please refrain from clapping too loudly, or whooping...or hollering.

Jude Cowan - Possessing fine ukelele skills and a soaring urgent voice, Ms Cowan will perfom songs from her new album Doodlebug Alley inspired by 'the brooding landscape of Northern hills, the lamp lit cobbles of blood-soaked metropolitan alleys'

Jail - Returning to scaledown in scaled down form, Jail bring a heady mix of Syd Barrett, The Fall, Wire, and Half Man Half Biscuit. Expect to be charmed by the japes of the inimitable leader Mr Jon 'Bad Boy' Leone.

Chris Cundy and John Bisset - Messers Cundy and Bisset will provide excellent free improvisation for the entertainment and edification of the scaledown family. That's all we know so far Ladies and Gents.

Russell And The Wolf Choir - Russell learnt how to sing by listening to Beach Boys and Lagwagon records, and he learnt how to play guitar with a "Play Rock Guitar with Wolf Marshall" video. He is lucky to have some insanely talented friends who sometimes complement him as The Wolf Choir, but who knows, as it's Scaledown he could just be backed by a mouse with a tiny church organ, or the gentle hub-bub of our lovely crowd.