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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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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):


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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.


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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

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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.

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