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From Here To Halloween

How time flies. The solstice is upon us already and we’re halfway around the sun again before we know it. So far this year, we’ve managed two well attended exhibitions (the first of which exceeded all sorts of expectations) and three cracking gigs, which is good going – but we’ve been back to the drawing board and come up with a schedule of events which we thought you might lke to put in your diaries, be they wirelessly networked or moleskin bound.

Firstly, and not yet fully confirmed, we have a couple of picnics lined up for Sundays during the school holidays. We had a few of these last year at Victoria Gardens in Chatham and a splendid time was had by all. More about these as their arrangements progress. Equally unconfirmed is a potential collaboration in the organisation of something really rather big and groovy over the August bank holiday weekend. Again, more on that later.

The following dates are definitely confirmed, and full details for each of them will be blogged here in the coming weeks and months:

The afternoon of Sunday 7th August sees us at the Barge in Gillingham for Unframed 2011, a family friendly event which, just like last year’s, will see local photographers bringing albums of their work to show and share while everyone chills out and enjoys good company, live music and sunshine (hopefully). Later in the month, on Saturday 27th August, we’ll be helping photographer Paul Johnston open a solo exhibition at the Riverside Country Park in Gillingham by, well, hanging around in the sunshine (that word again) while the kids let of a bit of steam in the playground area. Join us that afternoon if you will. The exhibition runs until Saturday 10th September, and Paul is our featured photographer on this very blog (over there on the right).

Don’t despair about Paul’s exhibition closing though. Instead, come back to the Barge with us on the evening of Saturday 10th September to hear some of Medway’s finest musicians and songwriters covering the songs of other Medway performers, many of them stories about the towns and people themselves, at the start of what will be an ongoing Medway Eyes project designed deliberately to praise and point up the towns and their many talents. This will be a fundraiser. We’ll be doing some good while we enjoy ourselves. We just need to decide who we’ll be doing it for.

Fast forward to Friday 7th October which will see us celebrating our third birthday by launching our third compilation album with live music at the Nag’s Head in Rochester. Both the album and the gig will be much like ME1 and ME2 (i.e. brilliant). Again, full details nearer the time.

Finally (at least for now) put Saturday 29th October in your diary for some spooky graveyard storytelling and dark doings at the Barge. It’ll be a scream…

That’s it for now. Sketchy in places, yes, but a date is a date, and at least you know as much as we do now.

See you soon.



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An Interview With Fizzer Rippon

On Monday 11th october, we sent Phil Dillon to Radio Sunlight to be interviewed by Fizzer Rippon on his radio show. They talked aboutMedway Eyes, ME2 (the second birthday gig and album). A big thank you to Fizzer and his team for having Phil on the show and for sorting out the audio for us.

You can now hear the whole thing, including songs by the three acts playing at the birthday shindig this very evening, Stuart Turner & The Flat Earth Society, The Flowing and Fires Took Over. Enjoy it, and we’ll see you in a few hours.

Pop over to our Facebook profile to stream the interview, or download it if you prefer.

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Meeting the Greens

Some of you will recognise the chap in the blue shirt from our last post about the Bridge Podcast. His name is Steve Keevil and he’s running for election as a councillor in River ward.

Steve invited Medway Eyes (that’s Rew and Anna on the left) to meet Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for the South East (foot on stump) and members of the Medway Green Party to talk about the new bus station that is to be built on the Paddock.  Trees have already been felled in preparation for this, despite reports that only 360 of Medway’s 250,000 population have actually been consulted about this (and even then, 69% of those canvassed didn’t want the station to be built on the Paddock). We discussed this lack of consultation and the environmental impact of the project.  We were surprised to learn that Medway Renaissance and SEEDA are no more (something that we hadn’t seen in the local press) and pleased to discover how Brussels can sometimes help to bring councils to account.

We took the Greens for a walk along Desolation Row to discuss our ongoing multimedia project, the area’s history, empty shops and the tragedy of the Theatre Royal. There was general agreement that what we were walking through didn’t feel like a city, and we went on to discuss the individual character of each of Medway’s distinct towns.

It was interesting to discover how much we all had in common, something that party politics will never quite be able to grasp – at least not while infantile point scoring, careerism and ideology are deemed more important than dialogue.

One last note:  At no point did the Greens ever preach policy at us or ask if they could count on our votes, and we – not being party political – found that very refreshing.

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The Bridge Podcast

Back in 2009 I was privileged to be asked to speak to Steve Keevil‘s media students at Mid-Kent College about Medway Eyes and what it is, or at least what it was then. It was a really enjoyable experience that I blogged here.

Last month, Medway Eyes was invited back to the college, this time to participate in a pilot podcast about local creativity and community, so Didi Bergman and her guitar accompanied me to the college to see what we could contribute.

On arrival, we were given Darjeeling and introduced to Carl Jeffery (a.k.a. Fellow Creative) and Katie Fotis before being whisked up a few floors into very, very green live room.

Didi sang, everybody chatted about why we do what we do, we shared and discussed various media, drank more tea, listened to a brilliant song about Jeremy Bentham‘ head, discussed empty shops and Desolation Row and were played out with an exclusive preview from Didi’s forthcoming album. I also took the opportunity to to plug a few Medway musicians along the way.

You can find the podcast on Fellow Creative’s website (link below), along with links to all the stuff we were looking at, listening to and talking about.


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