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ME5 Launch Line Up Confirmed for 29th/30th November

ME5 collage

The weekend of the 29th and 30th November promises to be a good one. The ME5 album (our fifth annual download compilation of Medway music) is in the can and ready for digital release at midnight on Friday 29th November, all 58 tracks of it, and the Just Giving page for donations to Young Minds is under construction. For reasons we’ll come to in a minute, we thought a five year run was worth celebrating with a more than one event, so think of the weekend as a mini-festival.

On Friday 29th November you will have two choices: You can come to the Nag’s Head in Rochester to see Broken Banjo, The Flying Isaacs and The Flowing, or you can go to St Mary’s Social Club in Gillingham to hear acoustic sets by Theatre Royal and Wildfowl plus some open mic performances.

On Saturday 30th we’ll be at the Barge in Gillingham for performances by Balance Lost, Natalie Evans and Chris ‘Arfur’ Allen for a gig that will serve not only as an after launch party for the ME5 album, but also as a ‘goodnight and thank you’ from Medway Eyes. Not only will ME5 be the last album we put out, this will also be the last ever Medway Eyes event. We’ve achieved a lot along the way, but five years is a long enough run for a good idea and it’s time to pursue other things.

So come along. It’ll be fun :0)

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Medway Eyes Does Rubber Soul

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Medway Does Medway

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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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Back To The Seventies: Line Up Confirmed

Well, as confirmed as these things ever get anyway.  Click through to download and to find out about the original image.

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Back to the Seventies

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Retro Post #8: September 2009 – The Thatcher Years

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…

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Retro Post #6: June 2009 – Medway Eyes Sings Dylan

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.

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Retro Post #5: May 2009 – Tidal Flow

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.

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Retro Post #2: January 2009 – Sounds of ’67

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.

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