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Medway Does Americana: Videos

Thanks again to everyone who came to the Barge last week to help us raise money to keep The Medway Broadside online and afloat for another year. As well as playing, Rew shot some hand-held footage of all the performers, and you can now see a song from each of them below. It was quite an evening. You can probably tell that :0)

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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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The Len Price 3 Unplugged

Great news! The Len Price 3 have always fancied doing an acoustic gig and will be playing at the Barge on April 16th with support from Groovy Uncle and The Bresslaws. The gig is a fundraiser for Medway Eyes and The Medway Broadside, so bring plenty of loose change, as neither we nor the Broadside receive any funding – instead we are volunteer run and completely independent.

For those who might like a memento of the gig to take home, there will be a strictly limited number of prints available on the night from the photo shoots for the band’s Pictures album.

We’re curious to hear how all three artists’ songs will sound pared down to their acoustic essentials, and we reckon you will be too. See you on the 16th…

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Medway Eyes Does Britpop

Saturday 6th November sees us back at the Barge in Gillingham for our last Oxjam fundraiser of 2010, where we’ll be celebrating the best of Britpop which, you may recall, was the UK’s last great bid for musical dominance. Back in the Nineties it was all M People, Spice Girls and Grunge, and previously dance music had ruled the waves. Now it was time for proper tunes you could whistle as you did the Lambeth Walk down to the newsagents to buy your copy of Loaded magazine, or surfed the tide of New Labour pre-millenial optimism on your way to procure your first ever DVD from the Virgin Megastore. Or something like that.

Like all of Medway Eyes’ Barge bashes, we reckon this will be big. Even bigger than the mobile phone you had during the great Blur vs Oasis made up media war of 1994, so get there early to bagsy a table. The live music will start some time between 8:30 and 9:00.

Please do your bit by coming along with a pocketful of change for Oxjam, by spreading the word and by clicking on the poster to download and share it.

As ever, our line up is subject to change. We’re relaxed and groovy like that. Expect some bonus performers.

See you on Saturday.

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