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New strings to the bow


Had a really great week this past week. Incredibly busy, 7 gigs in seven days, with Hope and Social and also with Jason Feddy… hence the lack of proper bloggage to be honest.

I have been asked to guest blog for two great sites; Creative Deconstruction for the wonderful Refe Tuma, and Media 140 for the effervescent Dee Jackson. I actually have three posts worth of thoughts in writing (and in waiting); one for each of the above, and one for here. I’m just trying to format my thoughts so that each post is cohesive, concise, and coherent. I could do with an editor if I’m honest. My thoughts tend to come out in spurts, in bursts of thought rather than neat paragraphs.

Recently I’ve started working with two bands through North Yorkshire County Council’s 6K project – a great project for helping young aspiring artists, in terms of providing musical support/direction, music industry & web strategy help and recording/AV support (photos, vids etc). The bands are:

The Shadracks – who have a single coming out in December. Their site is their hub, and has feeds from their twitter accounts, wordpress blog, youtube etc. Have a shufty! (Wish I could program like Doug can!)

Rosie – of Pateley Bridge. With Rosie, we set up their bandcamp page, soundcloud, as well as their twitter accounts which show in their wordpress site.

I intend to pit the two bands against each other in a “Best web presence” competition. Should be doing some recording with all these guys soon too, so keep your peepers peeled.

Yesterday, spent a good morning and early afternoon with Meadows Care of Rochdale, a specialist series of schools and residential single/dual occupancy care homes. Looks like we’re going to be working towards a “Real Band” (insert Rock Band poster, with “Rock” sprayed out and replaced by the word “Real”). This, as per the coaching/mentoring with Rosie and The Shadracks, will be working towards the Arts Award, a nationally recognised and accredited qualification for the arts. With Meadows Care, I expect we’ll be working towards recordings and a concert. All good people there, and very excited to be involved.

Off to Nidderdale again shortly to deliver a Rock School for young people there… busy busy!

Now then, if anyone fancies helping me photoshop a poster for the “RealBand” stuff, please don’t hesitate to contact me or comment below.

Anyone Fancy helping me ou with Graphics?

Anyone Fancy helping me out with Graphics?

Any Photoshop whizzes fancy helping me make this a "RealBand" poster?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 14/10/2009 7:16 pm

    use at your own peril

  2. 14/10/2009 10:30 pm

    Excellent – crowd sourcing comedy private artwork! Thanks Joe!

  3. 15/10/2009 11:22 am

    I almost feel quilty we are working you too hard.
    Go take 5 mins off ;)
    See you saturday.
    big hugs!

  4. 15/10/2009 12:12 pm

    When you can make your love your work…

  5. 15/10/2009 12:49 pm

    almost panicked there. At first I read it as “when you can make love at work”.

    panic over! Normal service resumes and we all keep our jobs ;)

  6. 16/10/2009 1:57 pm

    Oi! You didn’t tell us about your “Best web presence” competition! The Shadracks have an awesome site.

  7. 16/10/2009 4:07 pm

    BTW our Soundcloud link is :)

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