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Absolute Radio's You Can't Cheat : Acoustic Fridays Vol 1 CD now available :

Advertising music : All Change Sundays at Saddler's Arms
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Absolute Radio's You Can't Cheat

Some of us just don't have the time, or patience, to wake up that early (7:45am) or even (9:15am). yes we can wade through hours of the free Podcasts available on Itunes, to find the all the answers to the previous questions, but some of us have to work for a living. So I've done it for you won't have to. Maybe its true you can't cheat......but I hope this helps.

Here are the Questions and Answers so far.
Question 1/5: What was roughly about 3200 Kg
Answer: Weight of stolen gold in the film "The Italian Job".
January 2009

Question 2/5: What's next and why 7..9..18..?
Answer: 25 - Date of George Harrison's birthday
Ringo 7th, John 9th, Paul 18th, George 25th - Beatles Birthdays

Question 3/5: I did it twice, who am I?
Clue 1: I did it in the 1980s
Clue 2: I did it on TV
Clue 3: I was a deputy inbetween
Clue 4: School badge
Answer: Mrs McClusky - Headmistress 1981-1984, deputy 1984-1986, Headmistress 1986-1991
Question 4/5: What links Top Gear with High School Musical?
Clue 1: The Other Big Book at Christmas
Official Answer: Both have alarm clocks on page 153 of current Argos catalogue.
What if you shop at Tesco Direct, Littlewoods, or other catalogue companies?
Alternative Answer: Both are Guinness World Record holders.
Question 5/5: What is 98 Seconds?
Answer: Adam Faith's No1 single "What do you want"
19 weeks from 20 Nov 1959 (the total from adding the numbers in question 2, weird)

Apparently you not only must to have the right answer, you must have their right answer. Also Its a mystery to me why they have to ask all 10 lucky callers to answer the questions off-air first. By the time the dice has rolled, the presenters already know the result, so why bother talking to the listener.

ACM Summer School

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford is running an intensive week long course for local young musicians. It will be held from the 18th-22nd August an include guitar, bass, drums, vocal and music production.


Call 01483 500800 to book a place

Acoustic Fridays Vol 1 CD now available

This bargain price CD contains 17 of the best performances, some recorded at Farnham Maltings. Tracklist: Easier To Cry* (Big Wednesday), Heaven Knows (live, Rob Reynolds), Isn't It A Shame (live, Jenny-Lynn Smith), Heart Attack* (Without Grace), She Turns The Key (Sequoia), Firelight (Alastair Brown), Give Up Giving Up* (Laura Colegate), Operator* (Logo), Alcatraz* (Mike Henson), Resuce Me (Rachel Mari Kimber), I Could Be (The Lightyears), Slow Song* (Retrograde Inversion), Lectures & Lies* (Subdelta), All For Nothing (Anna Neale), Gravity* (Rachel Deadman), Tilt-A-Whirl (Case Hardin), Close To Tears (Wire Jesus).

Price: £5

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Advertising music

Ever since the Levi's adverts in the 1980s and 1990s including Stiltskin's "inside", and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" started using pop music, there has been a strong connection between the audio and visual elements of adverts. The batton was then picked up by VW with The Bluebells' "Young at Heart" and Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the shore". Then we had Ladysmith Black Mambazo's "Inkanyezi Nezazi" for Heinz baked beans, Wheatus's "Teenage dirtbag" and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" for Renault. More recent examples have included Andy Williams' "The impossible dream" for Honda, Republica's "Ready to go" for Halfords, and James Taylor's "You've got a friend" for the AA. Current examples include Blackheart's "Unlike Water" in the flowing Moben Kitchens commercial, Nancy Sinatra's "The End" in the funny film edited one for Vodafone, Jose Gonzalez's "Heartbeats" and Rolling Stones' "She's a rainbow" for Sony Bravia. Now we have the folky twang of Simone White's "Beep Beep Song" while the Audi R8 builds itself.
For more info about these and other advert music

All Change Sundays at Saddler's Arms

Sadly the Jazz and blues on offer at the Saddlers Arms in Send has come to an end. A new selection of bands will play, starting in a few weeks. If you are still searching for free live Jazz it is available at Cricketers, Horsell Birch on Monday nights from 8:30 to 11pm.


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Bellowhead on Later with Jools Holland

Bellowhead will be performing songs from their debut album "Burlesque" on "Later with Jools Holland" to be broadcast on Friday 1st December, 11:35pm BBC2. They will be sharing the stage with Be Good Tanyas, Keane, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Find out more: Bellowhead website

Boileroom - a new venue in Guildford

On Monday 25th September, a new creative arts and music venue called the "Boileroom" will be holding a pre-launch party featuring performances by GoodBooks : Hipslinky : DJ Goldierocks plus special guests and a few surprises mainly for press and industry. It aims to be an all-round cultural focalpoint for the area, offering comedy, disco, hip-hop, film, folk, funk and soul, Jazz, new up and coming musicians, photography, poetry, rock and roll, Ska and even techo-dance club music. Every month they will have a featured Artist or Photographer or Inspirational Person. In charge of bookings, press and promotion for the Boileroom is Dominique Czoper, who has for many years helped to run Spill Magazine, a highly valued journal for keeping up to date with the movers and shakers in the ever-changing music scene.

Press or industry : e-mail

General public : Tickets for the pre-launch party are £6 and have been limited to 100, call 01483 440006

Admission: for films, gigs and other performances will range from free to £7 For more info see or

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Many clubs and pubs are having noise-monitoring equipment fitting in order to find out the true Db level of both life and recorded music. Many of these devices have been wired into the main electricity supply, and in a similar way to a circuit breaker, it will automatically cut all the power in the building if the sound level goes too high. This as you would imagine can have a very disturbing effect on anyone at the gig or party, and esspecialy the elderly many of whom like to have a proper celebration once in a while. It is also be a curse for the performers who are only there trying to entertain. I can understand that some nearby residents can also get annoyed by the loud music, lots of people having fun, but then most if not all of the pubs were there long before they bought the house. They will have to concede that if they want a local venue to attract enough drinkers to survive in this modern economic climate, live music is becoming an essential part. Its funny how you never get Landlords complaining when there's a noisy residential party. I understand that the venue manager's are being forced, either by the brewery's PR dept or following previous complaints to have these monitors installed. There doesn't seem to be any list available to premises with these noise meters, or even a sign on the door. I think that it should be the respronsibility of the venue to warn both the artists and the audience in anvance about the possible outcome of having a good time. We all have a right to be able to choose.

Calendar 2008

Please check out google calendars, you can keep track of all your appointments and by sharing my calendars you can find all the Events, Festivals, Gigs, Karaoke, and Open Mic Nights for next year. You can choose to add just the one you want or all. You can also display more than one at a time, to get the complete listing. Simply click the the link below.

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Does anyone know of a better shared online calendar?

Campaign for a Permanent Bandstand in Woking Park

I have started a campaign for a Permanent Bandstand in Woking Park. At present I only want to guage the public opinion of Woking Residents, and indeed the music lovers of Surrey, to the idea of creating a Permanent Bandstand in Woking Park. For anyone else out there who lives in Woking, Surrey, and loves good live music, and has often wondered, what it would be like to have free open-air concerts in Woking Park. You only have to visit Farnham or Godalming Parks, or Guildford Castle on a summer Sunday afternoon. All of these local Parks have recently invested in Permanent Bandstand structures, with power connections to provide a perfect stage for local musicians to perform.
I know that Public Bandstands have been strongly associated, in the past, with Brass Bands, but this new structure should also be used for Folk, Jazz, Rock, Soul, or even Blues, indeed any other genre of music that will draw a crowd. There has to be a period of consultation with local musicians, residents, and other interested parties in order to finalise the plan.

The best way to express your support for this idea is by sending an e-mail to Hannah Smith, Arts Development Officer at Woking Borough Council. I have already been in contact with her, and was informed that in 2009 the Summer Sounds Season had included some performances in Woking Park. This was news to me, although I've been running a local live music review and listings website, called Inhibition for the last four years. It seemed clear there had been a lack of good publicity as is often the case.

Hannah Smith, Arts Development Officer at Woking Borough Council -

They have a database of bandstand performers, though at present this does not include any Rock / Pop / Folk artists. So if you'd like to be considered send in your details. The Council have also been cosidering hiring a temporary bandstand, but were unable to find one that could be safely left on site. I have set up a facebook page to find out if anyone else in Woking feels the same.

Campaign for a Permanent Bandstand in Woking Park

I think that the perfect site would be the hillside grassed area bordered by the miniature golf, tennis court, and footpath up to Constitution Hill (proposed Site 1) on the Google map under facebook photos. If this is not available then on the Putting Green, bordered by the Bowls Green, Pool in the Park, and the Cricket pavillion (Proposed Site 2).