NEWS FROM THE ROCK SECTION
Arts Café went pretty well, though we lost a lot of audience at the
end for some football match... sad to say no such distraction on World Cup
Final Day next Sunday. But we're looking forward to wowing the bikers!
Thanks to Arcadia, who broke the ground for us with an excellent set - the
first of three for them, on a scorching day!
After a bit of hiatus, we have two
gigs coming up within a week. The first, back at
Axminster Arts Café,
is on Saturday 7th July. It's a double bill with Arcadia Jazz Band, and
we're following on from them around lunchtime. The following Sunday, 15th
July, is another return booking at the Devon Air Ambulance Bikers' rally
in Teignmouth. We're on first, around 12.30. New material for both gigs,
including stuff by the Police, Status Quo, and relatively recent additions
from Stevie Wonder, Family...
A New year, and a successful New
Year Gig at Lyme Regis Golf Club, despite the aftermath of my Christmas
cold. It suffered the usual "function" glitches of over-running meals,
people getting into the mood to dance just as it was time to go home, and
requests to play Abba songs (Stevie Wonder vocals are hard enough with a
cold - do I have to clone Agnetha and Frida too?). New rockers from Family
and Status Quo went down well. Many thanks to club captain Lee for
organising the gig.
weather for The Rock Section last Saturday. Great selection of music -
fantastic sound... A wonderful Music in the Garden treat all round. Many
thanks to all." Jenny Fells, Music in the Garden,
Axminster Arts Café.
Well, we enjoyed it too! Olivia's first gig with the band went really well - and good to see Jackie in the audience, too. It's amazing how many people sing along to Blodwyn Pig, bop along to Gentle Giant, jive along to Bill Haley and shout for more Gomez, along with the more mainstream stuff!
Sat 16th Sep 11.00am - we're
playing Music in the Garden at
Axminster Arts Café. Admission is free. After that, working on yet
more new material from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Gomez and whatever else
The motorcycle ride out gig went
well yesterday, despite a blown up sound system meaning we had to go on
late and do a shortened set (though they extended the close-time by a
quarter of an hour for us - thanks). Appreciative comments from the sound
team and organisers: Devon Air Ambulance
Fundraising Director Caroline Creer "We are extremely grateful to The Rock
Section for choosing to support Devon Air Ambulance at our 12th annual
Ride Out. They gave a smashing performance with a great selection of
upbeat tracks and we hope to see them at another Devon Air Ambulance
Sadly this gig was the last for Jackie, who is moving on to other things and will be much missed. The good news is that we have a talented new bari player in Olivia Benger, so we look to go on to reach new heights.
Next gig is 9th July at 4pm at the
Devon Air Ambulance
Motorcycle Ride Out. See us arrive there in our leathers on the Rock
A bit of a hiatus over the winter,
but we're playing at the
Exeter Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April (Bank Holiday
Weekend) from 3.30-4.00pm. Sunny festival set all prepared, so join us
Well, after a few marathon
sessions of recording and production, we've added an audio page to the
website (and a demo to shock everyone who finds their way to the site!).
Rather than rest on our laurels
over the Christmas period we've started work on half a dozen new numbers
from Jack Bruce to Bad Manners, via Adam Ant, on the last of which
Jackie gets to play her new Peppa Pig tambourine! Oh, I forgot to mention
Yes and Jethro Tull. And Dexy's Midnight Runners. Rock on.
Great fun in Chard last night,
playing in the upstairs living room of an ancient Manor House in Fore
Street. A very appreciative audience drawn from miles around, with
superlatives flying around I'm far too modest to quote here. It was an
interesting opportunity to play with the saxes unmic'd, which worked well
in a venue that small. We all felt a lot more relaxed second time round,
and all we need now is a large festival gig to cover most of the likely
playing situations. Organiser Julian Dorse promised us a return
engagement, and a lot of people took cards, so hopefully the word will
Photo: Julian Dorse
TRS's first gig was a great success last night at The
Beacon, Kilmington. It was a "friends and family" thing to try out the
material (Brian even produced a feedback questionnaire in true 21st
century fashion!), but we actually got maybe sixty people crammed into an
intimate venue, and a few other people sent apologies owing to bugs,
transporting relatives around and so on.
Photo: John Ensall