1st – 14th December 2013

Journal update (1-14/12) First Story Tellers gig, Photographing Elexu’s ‘Live Lounge’ Broadcast, Taylor Wessing Photographic Exhibition, Jeeves & Wooster, etc

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Story Tellers first performance, Spencer Pub, Putney, Sunday, 1st December)

After 3 rehearsals, my new band the Story Tellers felt it was time to get on stage and play live. And so we performed a few of our songs at the Spencer pub in Putney, at a live music night organised by Derek Kirkup. There was a great atmosphere in the pub, and we were all really buzzing after performing. Playing live with a band is so much more fun that performing as a solo artist (in my opinion). I think the stage can sometimes be a bit of a lonely place when you are on your own… but with a band there’s such a positive vibe. We got loads of good feedback, so a promising start for the Story Tellers. Next show will be in January.

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Photographing Elexu’s Live Lounge Broadcast, Soho, (Tuesday 3rd December)

I joined the wonderful Elexu team on Tuesday to photoblog their ‘Live Lounge’ broadcast. It was a fun photoshoot, and a really interesting experience. Elexu has such a lovely vibe to it, everyone was really friendly, and I got to hear some fantastic music from talented Nate Maingard, who was the featured artist – check out his music! Here is the photoblog: http://blog.elexu.com/elexulivelounges-photo-reportage-by-samantha-edgley/

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Mitch Daniels Band, Troubadour (Tuesday, 10th December)

It was great seeing the Mitch Daniels Band perform at the iconic Troubadour music venue again. This time they were a trio, but the sound was still really impressive. I particularly loved the brand new song which they closed their set with. At the moment they are in a transitional phrase and are looking for a new band name and a new bassist! If you can help with either of these things please get in touch with Mitch.

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery (Thursday 12th December)

This exhibition is comprised of 60 photographic portraits (selected from 5,410 submissions by 2,435 photographers) So competition was clearly very tough, and standards are high. The photographers selected vary – from noted professionals through to talented amateur and student photographers. It is a fascinating collection of portraits and well worth visiting. Despite the staggeringly high amount of submissions, I have decided that I will be applying for next year’s competition! It’s always worth giving things a go – regardless of how high the mountain may appear from the bottom. Wish me luck!

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Jeeves and Wooster, Duke of York Theatre, West End  (Thursday 12th December)

If you get the chance, go and see Jeeves and Wooster at the Duke of York Theatre. The plot is taken from P.G. Wodehouse’s novel The Code Of The Woosters, and see’s Bertie Wooster (Stephen Mangan) recounting the story on stage with the help of Jeeves (Matthew Macfadyen) and Seppings (Mark Hadfield). Hadfield and Macfadyen also play a host of different characters in the production. It is inventive, farcical and incredibly funny.

To round off the evening I met the gorgeous Stephen Mangan, who has been one of my favourite comic actor since Green Wing days.

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Story Tellers Christmas Jam (Friday 13th December)

The Story Tellers had one last rehearsal in 2013. We ran through our own songs, but couldn’t resist trying a few festive tunes, and so a few Christmas classics were destroyed by the Storytellers!

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New London Singers, Carols for Shoppers,  St Martins in the Field, Trafalgar Square (Saturday 14th December)

Going to see the ‘Carol’s for Shoppers’ concert is becoming a bit of a Christmas tradition for me now. I have been every year since 2009 (with the exception of 2010 when it snowed so much that buses stopped running in Muswell Hill, and I was stranded).  Beautiful music in a beautiful setting. And nothing makes me feel more Christmassy, and sentimental than some good old traditional Christmas Carols.

My next journal update will be posted after Christmas, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting this blog through the year. Have a smashing Christmas time. 🙂

Samantha x

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17th – 30th November 2013

Journal update (17/11-30/11) Jam with Revenge Road, Story Tellers Rehearsal, guest blogger for Elexu, and photoshoot chaos!

Revenge Road Jam (Sunday 17th November)

Mum and I both joined the guys of Revenge Road for a Sunday jam. It was the first time Mum had attended, and they were very impressed by her musicianship and were keen to get some of her feedback. We played some of the usual Revenge Road covers, plus some of the cover versions my Mum’s band used to do, and we played through my song Halo. I’ve never heard it performed with other band musicians before, as it’s always played as such an intense solo song, but it was great to hear the different musical interpretations from the band.

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Story Tellers Rehearsal (Tuesday 19th November)

Sumeet was very poorly with a cold but that didn’t stop us going ahead with rehearsals. We covered quite a bit of ground for the Story Teller’s first gig (despite poor Sumeet coughing his way through his vocals!). To celebrate ‘Selfie’ being added to the Oxford Dictionary we couldn’t resist taking a band selfie! 🙂

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The Story Tellers now has a fb page! Please give us a ‘like’ https://www.facebook.com/StoryTellersMusic

Photoshoot with Kate De Freitas (Thursday 28th November) 

Jazz singer Kate De Freitas and I endured a rather eventful photo session. We meet at Chiswick Station with the intention of getting some photographs in the beautiful grounds of Chiswick House. And we began well by gaining some nice photographs by the bridge and in the maze.

Then, as we started getting some pics nearer to the house, a park warden drove up to us in his buggy. He asked who we were and what we were doing. We explained that Kate is a jazz singer and I was just blogging about her, and the Warden told us off. He said that we’d have to pay a licence to photograph. I explained that I wasn’t a professional photographer and that I just had a blog, but he wasn’t backing down. He said that we were lucky that he wasn’t going to make me delete the photos I’d already taken. Apparently there was a sign on the notice board.

On the way out we searched the noticeboard and finally found a tiny message about photography. And it states the licence is only needed by ‘professional photographers’ anyway. And I’m not one of those yet!! Grrr! So we hadn’t done anything wrong and we should’ve been allowed to continue.

By this point the light was already starting to fade, so Kate and I decided we would reschedule and just go to the pub instead. We went to a lovely pub right by the station, with an open fire and good wine. So all’s well that ends well.

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Guest Blogger for Elexu, (Friday 29th November)

The second part of my guest blog about music photography was posted by Elexu on the 29th. It covers the more recent photoshoots I have been involved with this year. Please check it out here: http://blog.elexu.com/music-photography-part-2-by-samantha-edgley/

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