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Cultural Arts Travelogue feature

Cultural Arts Travelogue feature

Present at the recent Cakes gig in the St Albans Town Hall (see here for more details) was the multi-talented Preethi Janice D’Sa, author of The Cultural Arts Travelogue blog. Not only did she take a video of us (which will be posted on her site soon – will keep you informed of this), but she also wrote a very nice review and article about us – read it here >>

I met up with Jan to have a general chin wag about all things bloggy, creative, living the life of an life as an entrepreneur and consultancy business and, in particular, living in Dubai (a place I have visited a couple of times and have a particular fascination with)… It was great to find such a like-minded person, and am sure we will have some cross-collaboration on things in the future.

Janice says of her blog:
The Cultural Arts Travelogue (the CAT) is the blog website brought to you by Preethi Janice D’Sa, Content strategy consultant, writer, designer and traveller.  It is our mission through the blog part of the website to bring you interesting news that celebrates the global handcrafted culture of artists and artistes. This is achieved through Jan’s intense involvement in the art and arts scene both in the UAE and wherever she travels.

As part of our service offerings, we help companies attract and retain their clients by developing effective, engaging and relevant content across various platforms through innovative content/editorial strategies in keeping with the brand identity.

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I guess it had to happen one day. . . !?

All joking aside, Gerald and I did a fantastic little duo gig yesterday evening, playing for a friend’s private art view. Part of the 2009 HVAF Open Studios, the show featured a collection of several artists’ work, and took place in the amazing old courthouse in St Albans (situated on the ground floor of the Town Hall building). Unfortunately, the only space available for us to sit and play was within the dock itself!

Accessible only through a tiny door (presumably to stop convicts from escaping too easily?), it was rather odd to play to a ‘audience’ whilst sitting in a low, enclosed pulpit-affair, literally separated from everyone by bars! Here are a few shots taken my my friend SI – all-in-all a great fun evening! We were only providing some very ambient / background music for the punters, but it seemed very well attended and there was some great art on show. The exhibition is called ‘Art Symphony’ and is open in two day blocks – 30th Sept / 1st Oct and 3 / 4 October.

Our amps, with the spiked bars of the dock behind us

Our amps, with the spiked bars of the dock behind us

Gerald and myself, firmly behind bars!

Gerald and myself, firmly behind bars!

The amazing roof in the centre of the Courthouse

The amazing roof in the centre of the Courthouse

Bizarrely, I realise it’s actually the second time I’ve played in a courthouse / dock! When I first got to know Navaro, they used to rehearse in the TV set where the BBC TV crime drama series ‘Judge John Deed’ was filmed! Here’s a very rubbish photo from a couple of years back – you can just see the band setting up on the far right:

'Judge John Deed' TV set

'Judge John Deed' TV set

Life is a strange thing…!

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