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Scaledown descends into our lives once more like a sun that shines from within us so grab your capes and come join us at the King & Queen on Friday 24th for seven sunny treats, listed as follows:

Richard Sanderson - Former co-host of Scaledown and regular character on the free improv scene, Richard will be performing some exceedingly atmospheric drone improvisations on melodeon.

Justin Paton - Mr Paton cannot keep away from us - only last month he was airing material at scaledown with the wonderful mesmerising NOW. This month he goes all electronica on us. Enjoy.

 




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It is that time of month once more, that time of month where we gather in a small room and rejoce at the musical confections placed in front of us, a veritable smorgasboard of earthly delights. This joyous event occurs this coming Friday (27th) at the King & Queen in fateful Fitzrovia from seven thirty of the clock. Those who are to perform are listed thusly:

Now - Neo pop ensemble Now scale down to an electric four piece who promise to delight and enthrall.

Piper's Son - Thom Driver last performed at Scaledown back in March 2010 as a dubiously mustachioed member of Arthur Brick, but returns this month with bare-lipped charm in the guise of Piper's Son to lead us all a merry dance.

 

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A joyous howl goes aloft in the Orchestra Pit household as the realisation of the onslaught of the latest in the ongoing series of Live Performance Events know as Scaledown dawns upon it's occupants, if said occupants wore hats they would be sailing through the air describing graceful parabolas. This joyous event occurs this coming Friday (25th) at the King & Queen in colourful Fitzrovia from seven thirty of the clock. In a departure from protocol we will herein include details of just four of the acts such that the others are surprise-like in nature, those performing can be thusly described:

 




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A mere month on from the last time it is once more time for the unalloyed joy that is Scaledown. Our elves and pixies have been slaving away over a hot internet to bring you yet another thrilling line up of musical delights. Without any further a do they shall now be listed (in no particular order that we are aware of):

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...

 

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Scaledown rouses itself from it's winter slumber and squints at the too bright light, "Is it January yet?" it asks. Once an affirmative answer is gained from a mysterious stranger it leaps out of bed and heads unsteadily for the bathroom, the sound of running water is heard as it starts in on it's lengthy ablutions.

Eventually Scaledown Sixty Seven sallies forth in a sly burst of sartorially suitable alliteration, occuring as it will on Friday 28th January at the King & Queen in London's elaborate Fitzrovia. A list now follows of the acts fated to perform:

 

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The final Scaledown of the year will be occurring not on the last Friday of the month (as is usual) but the Friday before that which, in this instance, happens to be tomorrow - the 19th November 2010. To celebrate the end of another excellent year at Scaledown we have teamed up once more with Mr Terry Edwards to present a joint evening of musical joy which draws upon the artists under the banner of Mr Edwards' Sartorial Records label. I think you'll agree that this results in a most excellent line-up, which is as follows:

Terry Edwards - Showcasing his forthcoming album Clichés - a homage to the late, great Alex Chilton. Everything from the golden age of Hollywood to the Mary Chain.

 

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As the winter nights start to draw in and the spectre of small children seeking rewards for ringing your doorbell looms large on the crepuscular horizon Scaledown once more jumps out with a sheet on it's head to shout Boo ineffectually. Now that we have your attention let us inform you of the musical delights we have laying in wait to brighten up your friday night:

The Hamilton Yarns - Having tried (and failed) to suitably describe the myriad wonder that is Hamilton Yarns I fear I must fall back on the words of another: "There's a fishing port somewhere missing a cabaret act that melds together the broken mind of the Smile-era Brian Wilson with the broken hearted homilies of Ivor Cutler. That missing act is Hamilton Yarns" - Nick Southgate, The Wire.

 




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Mr Ron Jetson would like to invite you out for the evening. He’s a sly old dog, especially when he’s got his teeth in, but rest assured he’ll have enough handlers around to ensure he’s on best behavior... on a good night with his musical chums he can provide the aural equivalent of having one’s leg humped... but no one’s guaranteeing a good night let us assure you.

The reason for the gathering of this muttley crew? Why, it’s to celebrate the release of Ron’s debut album for The Orchestra Pit Recording Co. entitled ‘The Return Of The Sleeping Policemen’ – a most inventive album, at times jazzy of lean, at heart a pop symphony, at home with the left field, at ease with the mainstream of pop consciousness we often shun, but deep down cherish. for more on Ron click on www.myspace.com/mrronjetson.

 

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We are very proud to be hosting the launch night for the new album by Vic Godard and Subway Sect. "We Come As Aliens" is released on Overground Records on October 11th - his first with this current Subway Sect incarnation containing Kevin Younger, Gairy Ainge and Mark Braby. Vic has proved to be one of the most durable and inventive artists to emerge from the original 1976 punk scene continually pushing and blurring boundaries with his mix of northern soul, swing and punk rock spirit. Raise yer Tetleys for a true original.

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