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Okay kids, the summer's over, and it's back to school! The Scaledown boys and Jude Cowan are all sporting brand new uniforms and their collective shiny satchel includes a pencil case full of sharpened tunes which will be performed by a motley bunch of fruit toppers, as follows...

Joey Herzfeld - post-apoplectic musical doings from Joey, at long last promoting his Orchestra Pit Recordings album release 'Other People's Pain'. there will be a special Q&A with Joey after his performance where you will have the opportunity to harangue him at the bar and buy him a drink.


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Ladies and Gentlemen. There is no distance too far, no hurdle too high, and let us reassure you... no nonsense from the likes of Stereophonics, Paulo Nutini, Snow Patrol or Duran Duran...

yes SCALEDOWN is going head to head with the Olympics opening ceremony, no need to bring yer flamin' torches-we are totally wired (or wire less as the case may be)!

Appearing, for your entertainment, and in no particular order:


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The Orchestra Pit is proud to announce the latest scaledown event which will fall on Friday 29th June with a view to a 7.30pm commencement. Tonight we'll be giving you a Super 8 stella line up!

Those who will perform (in no particular order):

Gagarin - Gagarin is the solo project of Graham 'Dids' Dowdall who has been active in the outer reaches of the musical universe for many years working with , amongst others Nico, John Cale and Pere Ubu. As Gagarin he makes instrumental electronica - at times urban and beaty, at others atmospheric and melodic - always with a very personal experimental twist.

Skopje - Dark ethereal folk....tales for the depraved and departed....prepare to be entertained......sadistically.


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Hello, we here at The Orchestra Pit as well as putting on the monthly Scaledown live event also have a record company (or two). Recently we have been delighted to put out the following two releases via our separate imprints - Anna Homler & Sylvia Hallett's 'Bread And Shed' on The Orchestra Pit Recording Co. and Naim Amor's 'Dansons' on Vacilando '68 Recordings.


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May the farce be with you, the farce of nature that redefines the concept of entertainment, the farce that is Scaledown, the live musical event which opens its shutters to musical clutter and matter not whether it be conventional or un so, but rather enjoy the moments, the meanderings, the interaction.. Come be a part of it.

Friday 25th May commencing 7pm at:

The King and Queen,
1 Foley Street,

Those who will perform (in no particular order):


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The April clouds cry over London town. Wipe your eyes, sad clouds. Get Happy! Another scaledown extravaganza looms... nearer... nearer. This Friday 27th April at 7 of the clock in the evening, we at scaledown bring to you, in no particular order...

The Windsors - last month was the welcome return of Scaledown's favourite music royalty, and this month is the welcome return of the return of the same band. we felt there was some unfinished business after last month's show and with a hostile section of the crowd demanding "back next month, back next month...", we felt it was our duty to acquiesce. so let's ride that surf one more time fellas...


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The scaledown bunny rabbit comes to you bearing musical eggs for this early March Scaledown airing. Appearing for your aural and visual pleasure are (in no particular order):

Isnaj Dui - the debut performance of 'Circle Of Sleep' took place at The National Portrait Gallery in 2010; befittingly the nap edition of said 'peace' shall be performed at Scaledown. that's what i zzzzzzzzz.

Mark Beazley - a solo set from the Rothko founder member, who these days performs in Rome Pays Off and Signals, whilst also being at the helm of Trace Recordings.


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Neither snow nor rain nor wine nor beer stays these couriers of sound from the swift completion of their appointed turns, 15 minutes to deliver then be gone, banished into the night or the back of the room. Yes, once more it is your duty to turn up, drop in, and pass out as Scaledown opens it doors and embraces you all to its ample bosom. This month we have for you the following wonderful musical beings:

Brainer - 'extensively derivative, often anachronistic and sometimes puerile' said the Wire in 2009; 'ouch! did that hurt?' said Scaledown in 2010...concussion is the new percussion.....welcome back Brainer.


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Scaledown shall be poking it's way into 2012 on the penultimate Friday of this month of January, that's the 20th, and it shall be at our usual venue - upstairs in The King & Queen public house at #1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL. proceedings shall commence @ 7pm, and thus far confirmed are: Hand Of Stabs, Raymond $hine, and Grassy Noel + Ape, with more sure to be confirmed shortly.....keep abreast of such matters at


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Ladies and Gentlemen of The Orchestra Pit and Scaledown interests...

November brings again to a close another Scaledown year and, to celebrate this and the forthcoming darker hours, please attend with happy hearts and willing ears at the King & Queen (1 Foley Street, W1W 6DL) this coming Friday (25th November). The line up will not disappoint:

Bob Constant & The Goodbye Horses - A bruised and batty form of soul music lurks beneath the 'motor town condensed into a garage' sound of this charmingly askew 3 piece.

Don Tempi - Don Tempi is half Welsh, half Italian and plays music from adverts that were in circulation in July 1981. He is the saviour of the Jingle.

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