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Greetings and a Happy New Year from The Orchestra Pit, we start this new born year in style with the continuation of the long line of special events known globally as Scaledown. Once more it will occur upstairs at the King & Queen pub in London's Fitzrovia from 7pm on Friday 29th January 2010. Appearing, for your delight, will be (in no particular order):


The Orchestra Pit

We just wanted to take a moment to remind you that the last Orchestra Pit Live Musical Concert of the year is to occur tomorrow at the Arts Theatre Club in London's Soho, featuring:

Singing Loins

Authentic raw folk from the Medway Delta...
In support of their new album 'Unravelling England' on Damaged Goods.

Ron Jetson

Sharp, witty and angular pop based outfit featuring members of Hooverville and Nought.


The Orchestra Pit

As the year two thousand and nine draw to a close we have news of two exciting Orchestra Pit live musical events to inform you of.

Firstly we have the latest in the long line of Scaledown Live Performance Events which is to occur this Friday, 27th November, at the King & Queen in London's effulgent Fitzrovia. Performing, for your entertainment, will be (in no particular order): Timothy C Holehouse, Paul Jonathan Riley, Lost Robots, Richard Sanderson/Paul May, Belle Atmos and Dan Whaley with His Ukulele. Full details can be found on our website.

Sartorial Scaledown

The Orchestra Pit

Greetings Orchestra Pit and Scaledown mailing list subscribers, we would just like to take a small chunk of your time to inform you of the latest in the line of Scaledown Live Performance Events. It is due to occur this coming Friday (30th October) at the King & Queen (1 Foley Street, W1W 6DL) from 7pm and, as usual, entrance is free.

New Release - Naïm Amor 7" Gatefold EP

Naïm’s second release for The Orchestra Pit Recording Co. comes in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve and once again features recordings from his 2 albums made with Calexico’s Joey Burns & John Convertino and PJ Harvey cohort John Parish (‘Sanguine’ and ‘Mistake Love’ respectively).

Disc one features the lead track “Precious Second”, a reflective autumnal shuffle, combining Naïm’s gallic suave with that bone dry Tucson backbeat to create an elegantly simple 3 minute pop song; whilst flip-side “Woman, Who’s A Woman”, with lyrics penned by Marianne Dissard, is a languid rocker à la Velvet Underground, replete with a great Keith Moon style drum break from former Calexico member Tasha Bundy. The bonus disc offers up one of the highlights from Naïm’s series of ‘Soundtracks’ albums, now on it’s third volume, the track “Stuck (instr.)” originally featured on Volume II which was put out through Howe Gelb’s OwOm label; and finally we have Naïm’s take on the Kermit classic “(it's not easy) Bein’ Green”, ubiquitous though it may well be of late, Naïm takes the song back to it’s he says “I’m French…don’t worry”.


Whilst Scaledown itself takes a little breather during August, it only seems apt that it should pay a visit to the good people of New York City via Kurt Gottschalk/The Brother Lucy Show's WFMU podcast.

WFMU is an independent freeform radio station broadcasting at 91.1 fm in the New York City area, at 90.1 fm in the Hudson Valley, and live on the web at; and at some point on Thursday the 13th of August people can go to and stream the Country Dad set recorded live at Scaledown from the 30th of May 2008, or they can also subscribe to Kurt's podcast via and have it delivered to your itunes player, it's called "the brother lucy podshow".

Support independent radio, support independent music, support the band and the label and come purchase their single 'Over & Over' via

The Orchestra Pit wishes you summer sunniness.

Symphonic Mayhem - Take 2

Greetings Orchestra Pit mailing list subscribees.

We've been experiencing problems with our mailing list which should now have been cleared up. So, just to ensure everyone knows about Saturday's exciting gig, we are re-sending this email - which some of you may already have received. If that is the case then apologies for the duplication, normal service should now be resumed.

The Orchestra Pit thanks you for your patience during this difficult time.


The Orchestra Pit, in association with V '68 presents:

SYMPHONIC MAYHEM HITS LONDON......AT THE LUMINAIRE - Saturday 8th August from 7.30pm [tickets: £5 adv./£7 on the door]

They don't have institutional support. They don't receive grants. They aren't community projects. These are rock bands. Very, very large rock bands.

Symphonic Mayhem

The Orchestra Pit, in association with V '68 presents:

SYMPHONIC MAYHEM HITS LONDON......AT THE LUMINAIRE - Saturday 8th August from 7.30pm [tickets: £5 adv./£7 on the door]

They don't have institutional support. They don't receive grants. They aren't community projects. These are rock bands. Very, very large rock bands.

In New York City, audiences are buzzing for THIS AMBITIOUS ORCHESTRA, the 20-member symphonic rock band from Brooklyn, who are rejecting the shackles of their conservatory training to create a new brand rock music. Their talent has already been tapped by TV On the Radio, The Dresden Dolls, Rasputina and others. "Led by local artistic risk-taker Benjamin Ickies, This Ambitious Orchestra aims to inject rock sensibility into classical music (or is it the other way around?). The result is a herky-jerky showtune soundscape that makes us want to skip and smile." – Time Out New York

May Morchestra Mit

The twenty fifth in the line of Orchestra Pit Live Musical Concerts is due to occur on Wednesday the 20th May at the Arts Theatre Club in London’s throbbing Soho.

Appearing live, for your entertainment, will be:

Led Bib - Dangerous gritty jazz punk fusion -

Nought - Hardcore progressive math instrumental combo -

Twelve's Trio - Blistering free jazz with elements of Coltrane and Mingus -

This is all due to commence from 7.30pm at 50 Frith Street, W1D 4SQ. The entrance cost is £6 on the door or £4 in advance, via our web shop:

Also please note that the next Scaledown Live Performance Event will occur on Friday 29th May at the King & Queen in London’s glittering Fitzrovia. Full details will emerge when the time is right.

April Augurs Ample Acts

Greetings Orchestra Pit and Scaledown list subscribees, it is once more that time of month when we take a brief moment of your time to inform you of the latest impending Scaledown Live Performance Event.

In a break from the established protocol April’s Scaledown will not be occurring on the last Friday of the month but rather the penultimate Friday of the month (i.e. Friday 17th April). It does however occur at the usual location (upstairs at the King & Queen) at the usual time (7.30pm onwards) with the usual presenters (Messrs Braby, Coules and Hendry).

Appearing for your entertainment will be the following:

Now - Now peddle a particularly quirky brand of pop music peppered with Cellos and antique synthesisers. Their last performance at Scaledown was an electrifyingly intimate a cappella one so we look forward to seeing what they get up to this time round.

Verse Chorus Verse - VCV is the latest incarnation built to propel Julian Simons ethereal song writing. Normally they perform as a power trio with a post rock, rifftastic sound so it will be interesting to see how they scale down.

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