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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On 12th September 2009, some of the great musicians of Medway got together once again in aid of Oxjam. This time round the Thatcher Years got the Medway Eyes treatment as we celebrated British music from 1979 -1990.
There’s a photo slideshow on the website.
Thanks to Rio for the videos. Here’s one of the brilliant Dave Pickett, front man of The Flowing, giving Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart his own unique treatment…
June 2009 saw Medway Eyes return to the Barge in aid of Oxjam. This time, Medway’s musicians played the songs of Bob Dylan in honour of his recent visit to Desolation Row (see right).
You can read Reavsey’s account of the evening in the free e-zine still available to download as part of our birthday bundle, or check out the photos and video on our website.
Before you do either of those things, though, we recommend you give your ears a treat by listening to this beautiful ( some would say definitive) rendition of It Ain’t Me Babe by Didi Bergman, filmed by Groovy Uncle.
Tidal Flow was the second collaborative exhibition from Medway Eyes. Initially invited to the Riverside Country Park for two weeks, the Tidal Flow exhibition proved so popular that it was extended. Twice. The opening was more family orientated than is usual for a photography exhibition, and we swapped our berets and cigarette holders for a picnic and some champagne in a plastic pint pot (courtesy of Mukkjoy).
The exhibition itself was inspired by the river. All photographs were taken along the Medway from Allington Lock, downstream as far as the mouth of the Medway at Garrison point, and east along the Swale, past Faversham Creek and as far as Seasalter.
You can see slideshows of the whole exhibition and the accompanying gig at the Barge on our website.
Punk poet and raconteur Andy Export on January’s Oxjam benefit at the Barge:
This was the first Medway Eyes tribute event for Oxjam, after grasping the baton from Bob Collins who had organised previous Oxjam events. It was a packed to the rafters affair featuring songs of The Beatles, The Who, The Monkees, Joni Mitchell and a whole host of others who were prowling the pop charts in that grand Summer of Love.
The choice of theme threw up some wonderful and colourful performances from a herd of Medway musicians and bands and a magnificent, summery night’s entertainment was had by all – even though it was on January 20th. The charming Barge environment – the bowery den of Layfield Road in Gillingham – was the perfect setting for an evening of retrospect and music. Over 30 songs from 1967. Over £150 raised for Oxjam. Over 25 strummed guitars. If the players of the night had tried to smash their instruments up as The Who were doing 42 years earlier, it would have taken them all night.
Thankfully we live in an age of fine technology which means there are many photographs and videos of this terrific evening on the net.