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The Power of One

__For the past 4 years there has been live music in the courtyard of Pews Bar in Guildford, Crowds of music-lovers gathered every Thursday night to hear Gavin and his Guitar. Sadly from now on, the music has been moved inside, thanks to a series of complaints by one local resident to the council. Thats right folks it only needs one, to spoil it for the many. This may be a little easier to understand if the decibel level was that of Motorhead, or it was pulsing rave music from the Chemical Brothers till 3am, but its just one man with an acoustic guitar.
__The poor bar owner has spent a great deal of his valuable time over the past few months, in meetings with the council, police and other interested parties. In discussions on the future of open-air entertainment at the venue, which have included a wide range of other considerations, as well as the feelings of this one individual. Some council employees have tried in vain to help Pews maintain its external live music. The council's decision was anounced a couple of weeks ago, with the removal of Pews licence to have LIVE music in the Courtyard (you can still go there, sit outside, and listen to piped music.) go figure.
__Obviously there will be some people who just like to go there, sit outside and talk, and drink in pleasant surroundings, and they will be uneffected by this ruling. But for those who simply go there to enjoy the free live music, there is now only room inside for 25% of those who were in the courtyard. So please come along and show your support for Gavin and Pews. Its too early to tell the effect this judgement will have on the bar's profits. How much longer are we going to allow a few lone complainants, who willingly move near to live music venues, to control how the rest of us enjoy our freetime?

Tom Wehrle - Free music download

In order to help promote his new album "Room to Dream", Tom Wehrle from Missouri is giving you the opportunity to download it for free. He's hoping that you'll then buy a copy and tell all your friends how good it is. Tracks include Far Away, I've Fallen, I Will be Your Friend, W/O you, Hold on Tonight, Room to Dream, Just in Love With You, No More Flowers, My Heart Breaks Through, I'm Not Good Enough, Only Lonely, Nothing Else Can Take Your Place With Me, This Show's Over.

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Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan started his radio broadcasting career in the USA in May 2006 with a weekly radio show XM Satellite Radio. For the first time in the UK, on BBC Radio 2, listeners will be able to hear Theme Time Radio Hour, Bob Dylan’s critically-acclaimed Radio show. "A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic," said Dylan of his shows. The show features an eclectic mix of music hand-selected by Dylan. The radio shows also includes interviews and commentary on music and other topics. Themes for the show include “weather” with a track list that includes "A Place In The Sun" sung in Italian by Stevie Wonder, "The Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi Hendrix and "Keep On The Sunny Side" by The Carter Family. Song list themes for other shows include ‘cars’, ‘dance’, ‘police’, and ‘whiskey’.
BBC Radio 2 will offer a sneak preview, broadcasting six of the shows over the Christmas period starting on Saturday 23rd Dec to Thursday 28th Dec 2006. The network will then broadcast a further two Dylan shows in March, eight in April, and a final two in May 2007. BBC 6 Music brings you the show beginning at 21:00 on 1st January 2007.

BBC Radio 2 Schedule
23rd Dec,a19:00-20:00aaa24th Dec,a16:30-18:30aaa25th Dec,a19:00-20:00 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 26th Dec,a19:00-20:00aaa27th Dec,a19:00-20:00aaa28th Dec,a19:00-20:00 aaaaaaaaaaaa
21st Mar, 21:00-22:00 aaa 28th Mar, 21:00-22:00
04th Apr, 21:00-22:00 aaa 06th Apr, 20:00-21:00 aaa 07th Apr, 20:00-21:00 aaa 08th Apr, 20:00-21:00 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 09th Apr, 20:00-21:00 aaa 11th Apr, 21:00-22:00 aaa 18th Apr, 21:00-22:00 aaa 25th Apr, 21:00-22:00
07th May, 21:00-23:00 aaa 28th May, 21:00-23:00

Trouble with a Kookaburra, Down Under

  Ever since man started to bash things together & call it music, it has been accompanied by the risk that what you think you composed, is deemed by others not to be an original creation. But this is hardly suprising as even before birth we are being bombarded with sounds, and all of these have been filed away, often without realising, in our brains. In the same way that authors must try to block out everything they've ever read, so songwriters must ignore everything they've ever heard. I think this must be a lot harder to do. Whether it is the Bach overtones in "A Whiter Shade of Pale", or the claims that the melodies of Lloyd-Webber were influenced by The Beatles, or the myriad of sampling in tracks from the 90s.
  The lastest round in this contest involves an 80's hit by Australian rockers Men at Work entitled "Down Under" published by CBS (now owned by Sony BMG Music Entertainment), and a traditional kids song "Kookaburra" written by Marion Sinclair, a college teacher from Toorak, for a Girl Guide Jamboree. It was obviously her wish that the song would remain publicly accessible, when she signed it over to the Libraries Board of South Australia, although it has now been acquired by a commercial company Larrikin Music.
  Exact details are yet to be clarified, though it is a little comfusing why it has taken so long, the kids song, sung by every campfire since 1934 is now part of Australian culture. Surely if you think there was a good case, then bring the action as soon as the other track is released in 1981, and not wait thirty years, until its a global hit. Also taking the question-writing accuracy of a TV quiz show, in this case (Spicks & Specks), as Gospel is never a good idea. A jury in a Federal Court will have to decide in November.