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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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The penultimate Scaledown of 2011 has been blessed with this small but beautifully formed selection of artists for your aural enjoyment:

Matt Scott - Matt shall be presenting for your edification 'Squeezebox Jukebox' - a solo performance with recorded sounds accompaniment and live accordion.

Trombone Poetry - Mr Paul Taylor graces the boards of scaledown once again with his inimitable blend of blowing and rhyming.


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Ladies and Gents.

It is with a big sloppy happy heart that The Orchestra Pit announces the return of Scaledown at The King and Queen, 1, Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1 this Friday 30th September.

Those who will perform for you (in no particular order):

Fat Klez - Fresh from a summer of festival appearances performing as house band for Mark Thomas and his Extreme Rambling show, Fat Klez swap swampy mud for the sticky carpet of the K&Q, as Scaledown welcomes back one of its favourite sons, the delightful Mr Martin White.

Katharine Blake - The head of The Mediaeval Baebes pays a return visit to our humble space to mesmerise us with her beautifully haunting vocal magic.


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As the sun banishes the rain clouds to their rightful hibernation it behoves us here at The Orchestra Pit to remind you that the usual Scaledown Summer Hiatus has started earlier this year insofar as there will be no Scaledown in either July or August. Please do not fret, we will return refreshed and reinvigorated in September with the aim of delighting you all further with the musical confections we lay before you.

If you find this suspension of Scaledown acivity too much to bear may we suggest you visit our web shop wherein you may find enough succor to sustain you through the long summer months.

The Orchestra Pit is sustained by your continuing support.

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