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Now that the Eastern Approaches exhibition is over a new exhibition has taken its place at the St Albans museum, and again I’ve got some of my work in it.

Called ‘Gadgets & Goggles‘ this is steampunk-themed show, mainly featuring the amazing collection of historical artifacts that has been put together over the years by Maurice Collins (which have been featured a lot over previous years on the tv, in books, etc)

The exhibition is free to visit and is on display until 13th April – check out the official museum page here for more details:

 http://stalbansmuseums.org.uk/Exhibitions/Gadgets-and-Goggles2

Here are some quick shots of my stuff (all taken at night at the private view so not the greatest quality I am afraid) but do get along to see the how if you can!

Three of my smaller pieces

Three of my smaller pieces

The large 'Tripus' lamp

The large ‘Tripus’ lamp

Detail from 'The Swamm Neck' lamp

Detail from ‘The Swamm Neck’ lamp

Gadgets and Goggles flyer

Gadgets and Goggles flyer

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Gig photos

So the SoulFish gig in aid of the Odyssey Cinema this weekend was a great success – a total sell out (potentially a few times over!), a good performance from the band and some valuable money raised for the cause…

A friend in the audience took these photos on her iPhone – the lighting and smoke at the gig clearly messed with the camera just enough to produce some pretty weird effects (they almost look posterized in places). I really liked the effect so have included a few here:

Clivey in the shadows

Clivey in the shadows

Foot on monitor!

Foot on monitor!

Purple!

Purple!

Red!

Red!

Orange!

Orange!

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This coming Sunday, St Albans is hosting a ‘Giant Monopoly’ day… Now in its 5th year, this is both a great day out for all the family and a novel way to explore some of the seldom-seen landmarks of this great City.

Not only that, but this year there is a mini-sculpture trail around the scenic Verulamium lake area – and I have special dispensation from the Council to erect two of my pieces on the lovely foot bridge (that separates the large and small lake).

If anyone is in St Albans that day, do come down and say ‘Hi’! I’ll be hovering around all day to answer any questions and to check nothing falls off my rather ‘heath robinson-esque’ sculptures.

Here are the two sculptures I will be exhibiting (not very good photos I am afraid!):

Chime for an Ill Wind

Chime for an Ill Wind

Turbine

And here is where they will be (roughly!)

In position

In position

Check out the official site here >>

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On September 14th this year the soul band I play in (Soulfish) is playing a big charity gig in September in aid of the restoration of St Albans’ old cinema, The Odyssey.

This activity also ties in nicely with the Odeon Journey project I’ve worked on last year…

The band asked me to do a few bits of marketing material to support the gig – here’s a big banner that is up outside the wreck of the cinema itself. I like the juxtaposition of the poster against the crumbling / distressed fittings and features. . .

The mighty Soulfish!

The mighty Soulfish!

If anyone is in the area and fancies coming to the gig – here are some details from the organiser:

Hi Everybody
 
I have already mentioned to some of you about a fundraiser I’m involved with for the renovation of the Odyssey Cinema in St Albans.
 
For those of you who don’t know this will give us the equivalent of our very own  REX in St. Albans – if you have already experienced the REX I need say no more but those that have not it is a cinema experience like no other. See here for more details and take my word for it once you have tried it you will not want to go to a ‘regular’ cinema ever again.
 
Soulfish Concert – Friday 14th September 8pm  – tickets £15 available from St Albans Arena who will take their 10% cut but if you let me know how many you want I can get them for you and 100% of  the money goes towards the Odyssey restoration project  jill.leslie1@btopenworld.com
 
This is the last bit of money needed to get this up and running – should be a fab night for a great cause!!
 
Tell everybody you know and sell sell sell – look forward to hearing from you with big numbers.

  • Jill // 07710 105148
  • jill.leslie1@btopenworld.com
  • Jo // 07760 166000
  • Alban Arena, St Albans AL1 3LD: Box Office // 01727 844 488
  • www.alban-arena.co.uk

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(Apologies for scarcity of posts -– must try harder!)

So the St Albans Folk Festival is now underway, and the first event at the Town Hall in St Albans was a great success…

I was pleased to see that the marketing materials I had a hand in seemed to do a good job in terms of the numbers of people attending –  here’s a shot of one of the outside banners that was used to draw in the punters… (note the customisable right hand portion so that we can re-use the banner year on year (shame about the sellotape but it was all we had to hand at the time!)).

St Albans Folk Festival banner

St Albans Folk Festival banner

I took a few general photos at the event and hope to post these up asap – in the meantime the Festival has a few days to run so keep an eye on the official website for details >>

Festival leaflets

Festival leaflets

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It’s that time of year again when my home town holds its own folk festival. . .

St Albans Folk Festival 2012

St Albans Folk Festival 2012

It’s a bit of a different affair this year as the Folk Festival is now standing alone from the normal month-long general Festival organised by the Council – still we soldier on regardless and the Folk Festival Committee has done a stirling job in getting together a few interesting events.

Once again I got persuaded (“conned”!) into doing all the publicity for the event – click here for the ‘new look’ flyer and visit the (very hastily put together) website here >>

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This weekend I played my local arts centre (The Maltings) in a night of folk music – part of a new ‘First Friday’ series of concerts.

It’s a great place to play, with fantastic acoustics and a really intimate atmosphere.

Cameras are discouraged during performances, so here are three (rather fuzzy, I am afraid) sneakily taken shots…

Starting the night was a great slot from young singer / guitarist Simon Stephenson (a graduate of the Newcastle Folk Music course):

Simon Stephenson

Simon Stephenson

Then came a couple of sets from King Alfred’s Cakes – note my fabulous new shirt!:

King Alfred's Cakes

King Alfred's Cakes

The night also featured a post-interlude set from the improvised world music jazz trio of Batkin/Roberts/Andrews:

Batkin Roberts Andrews

Batkin Roberts Andrews

All in all it was  great night and we look forward to doing it again sometime!

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