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Michael Ephron New EP " Efroditis". Released November 2018

Efroditis

Michael Ephron the Welsh composer, lyricist and producer of this 5 song EP has had a fascinating musical life. Self  taught, first on banjo at age 7 then moving to guitar and keyboards, he played as a solo act all over Europe and the Middle East in his teens. Equally passionate about words, he simultaneously wrote poems and plays. 

He was living in NYC at the height of the cultural renaissance in the 1960s and performing as the poet in Poetry and Jazz perfomances. But his love of music in time overwhelmed his love of words and he moved into playing fulltime. In NYC he gained a reputation as an up and coming keyboard player on the avant garde free form jazz scene. Catching the attention of Jimi Hendrix he became a musical collaborator in Hendrix’s experiments around the time Woodstock Festival and after.

Moving out to the West Coast, he made the decision to move on from experimentation and founded a Funk Band, The Word. They were signed to Strata East Records, Gil Scott Heron’s label and recorded an album for them. In Los Angeles Stevie Wonder heard his compositions and got him a deal with RCA records. But for a while, personal health issues blighted his career. Moving to Asia he became active on the music scene in Manila, and known by musicians for his unusual highly individualized approach to composition. 

His position is that fitting into any one musical genre is not for him; he is at home in any genre with the proviso that the music that preoccupies him be excellent music, be it Jazz, Latin, Country, Heavy Metal or Hip Hop etc. In addition when he composes it should have his very own personal stamp on it.

In the Philippines, he recorded an album of 18 songs, taking 6 years to complete. This EP is comprised of the 5 songs he wrote and produced with Bamboo, the Filipino star who was seeking to expand his musical horizons and heard Michael’s work.  It was recorded and produced in the Philippines, Scotland, England, California, New York, Ireland and Cuba with Filipino musicians plus others from Scotland, England, the USA, Poland, Brazil and Cuba. The Album will be available on November 18, released by Watercolour Records.

There is a narrative in the EP that describes human behaviour gone haywire and its effect on love and our planet, but it is not a message devoid of hope. The next album with the remaining 13 songs will be released in the near future.

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 Concert st ST Huberts, Idsworth. Sussex

The Highlands Comes to Hampshire

Saturday October 27th

Hello to our Southern Watercolour Music friends!

Mary Ann was invited to play at this enigmatic venue by the Friends of St Huberts whilst visiting earlier in the year

St Huberts 1

 

The Church Friends have created a charity to help with the up keep of this 11th Century Church.

As part of their out-reach work thay have been hosting a series of concerts to raise funds and interest in the magnificent Chapel

St Huberts 2

A sell-out crowd enjoyed an evening of Harp and song in an intimate acoustic enviroment. Very good shortbread as well!

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Cluaidh Site Now Open

Cluidh

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Betse and Clarke

Betse

MUSIC FROM THE OZARKS COMES TO LOCHABER

House Concert,

Sunday afternoon October 7th at 3pm

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Watercolour Music - 2018 Residential Guitar Workshop Weekend

Sept 29th - 2nd Oct

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Following the initial workshops, we are delighted to announce the dates for this year’s event.  An intensive but relaxed weekend in the stunning surroundings of Scotland’s West Highlands with the undivided attention of two stellar guitar tutors – John Goldie and Peter Kroll-Ploeger.

There are limited places on this special weekend – two classes of at most eight players brings the setting closer to the mentoring process pioneered in the US. Students will arrive on Friday evening with a relaxed meet-and-greet, followed by intensive tutored sessions through the day on Saturday and Sunday, and a tutors’ and guests’ concert on the Sunday night. Monday will be a slower paced wind down with an informal recording tip sheet session.

We can provide an inclusive package of guitar weekend and half board accommodation or just guitar weekend with attendees making their own accommodation arrangements. Transport is inclusive throughout the weekend - so once you are here you are only concentrating on guitar playing.

The weekend is designed to give attendees the time and space needed to invest in their musical passion, unhampered by the usual interruptions and distractions of home and work. The workshops will be tailored to the abilities of participants, aimed at all levels of musician who want to learn new skills and increase their confidence in a group situation.

Watercolour Music specialises in creating a relaxed, supportive and inspiring environment, and the course will be the perfect retreat for guests to be able to concentrate on improving various aspects of their music and performance in the beautiful, peaceful location of Ardgour. The emphasis is on an informal atmosphere which incorporates structured activity in a supportive learning environment.

We also intend to include the extremely popular evening's cruise down Loch Shiel on Jim Michie’s MV Sileas. This has usually preceded the tutors concert

FaceTime with the tutors includes at least 8 hours of tutor-led group teaching sessions designed to bring out the best in your abilities. It won’t all be challenging work though - there will also be opportunities for a session with the other players, and of course the chance to spend some quality time ‘alone’ with your instrument!

We also encourage open-mic policy on the Sunday night tutors concert - a friendly, supportive environment in which to air your favourite songs or tune to the group and local audience, join in on an impromptu jam session, or just to sit back and enjoy the music.

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