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Following our customary Summer hiatus we are sure you will all be pleased to hear that Scaledown returns to the end of your month once more with what can only be described as aplomb. it will occur in the usual locale (the King & Queen) at the usual time (7.30pm onwards) on the usual day (the last Friday of the month) which on this occasion happens to be Friday the 24th September. There now follows a list of those performing at the sixty fourth Scaledown (in no particular order):

Hugh Metcalfe - The enigmatic Mr Metcalfe shall make his scaledown debut this month. We are unsure what the multi instrumentalist and expert improviser plans to do as Mr Metcalfe does not have an email address and scaledown co host Mark Braby cannot find his telephonic details. Wait and see....


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The Orchestra Pit feels a burning within. Indigestion? Or is it a desire to share the latest hot news with you?

It is the latter.



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As the summer draws inexorably on Scaledown continues to bring you a quality selection of musical acts to both entice and amuse you. So pop along to the King & Queen next Friday (30th July) at about 7.30pm, pay nothing to enter, sit down and enjoy the following:

Roshi - Roshi Nasehi will be joined by her Pars radio partner Graham 'Dids' Dowdall to beguile us with beautiful melodies from her fantastically recveived 2009 album 'The Sky And The Caspian Sea' as well as hopefully a taster of their forthcoming EP of Iranian songs.


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Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Orchestra Pit Recording Company is chuffed to present to you their latest offering which is entitled 'Reduced' by Mike Adcock and Sylvia Hallett. Two renowned artists on the free improvisational circuit, Mike and Sylvia have collaborated to provide you with an album of improvisational beauty; complex and simplistic at the same time. The music ranges from the exploration of sound textures drawn from a variety of non-musical objects (bicycle wheel, marble chute), to tonal pieces utilizing more conventional instruments such as violin, piano accordion and guitar.


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June's Scaledown features a hand picked selection of the finiest music to be experienced this side of Glastonbury. This month we have five acts to delight and entrall you:

Arch Garrison - There is a house by a river by a village by the South Wiltshire Downs in which North Sea Radio Orchestra's Craig and Sharron Fortnam create music against the backdrop of all manner of flora and fauna. The result is the divine album 'King of the Down' which features songs about the Mighty Thames, Roman roads, ditches and mounds and vapour trails. "A slice of lo-fi pop loveliness", not to be missed.

The Orchestra Pit Club Quarterly - New Release and New Venue

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The Orchestra Pit Club is back this Wednesday, 16th June at a new venue "Peter Parker's" to begin a series of regular clubs every 3 months, imaginatively titled "Club Quarterly". The first event cleverly coincides with a celebration of the July release of the latest Orchestra Pit Recording Label CD offering: "Reduced" by Mike Adcock and Sylvia Hallett. The evening will feature the following musical acts:

Sylvia Hallett and Mike Adcock


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This month's Scaledown, in direct contrast to last months sardine packed extravaganza, has only 5 acts. This slimmed down but nevertheless succulent event will occur on Friday 28th May at the usual locale of the King & Queen from 7pm. Performing for your edification will be (in no particular order):


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The countdown has begun for the sixtieth Scaledown which is due to delight your earholes in just ten days time. Yes it will occur on Friday, the 30th day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten at the King & Queen in leafy Fitzrovia from 7 of the clock. As always, it is FREE so bung it in your diary now, then tell all your friends. Full details of the acts will be announced shortly, in the meantime you can get a sneak preview on our web site:


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The Orchestra Pit is proud to announce details of the 59th Scaledown this coming Friday, the 19th day of March, at the King & Queen. Arrive around 7 of the clock to be titillated and astounded by sonic and musical brilliance. As always, it is FREE so come with a smile. There will be six acts (listed in no particular order):

Alan Lacroix – Mr Lacroix enthralled the Scaledown audience in the past with his dexterous and nimble guitar picking methods. Be tickled pink as he returns to the fold bringing with him a luxurious voice hitherto unheard at scaledown.


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The Orchestra Pit is proud to announce details of the 58th Scaledown this coming Friday, the 26th day of February, at the King & Queen. Arrive around 7 of the clock to be titillated and astounded by sonic and musical brilliance. As always, it is FREE so come with a smile. There will be six acts. ‘Who are they?’ you cry. We reply:

Original Beekeepers – It has been many a year since this quirky combo delighted the scaledown audience. Prepare to be refreshed by their witty ditties and their eccentric stage antics.

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