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  • Welcome Along, 2011


    February 15th, 2011 sam News

    Band Leader Dave Pegler says “2011 has kicked off in great style for us and we’ve been fortuate to be able to carry on in much the same way as we finished  last year.  Our January “Live@Lansdown” session for the members and guests at Lansdown Golf Club well and truely blew the last remains of the Christmas break away whilst the Kenyan Orphans Project charity ball the following week at The Grand Hotel in Bristol saw the band at the top of its form as a good time was had by all.

    We’ve seen a few more changes in personel over the last year as people come and go.  Long serving tenor player Paul Satterley left in the Autumn after a distinguished decade of gigging but his successor, Alex Delling, has proved to be a remarkably talented replacement. Nicole Vernon, who’s taken over as lead alto, has added a dimension we previously lacked and as if that wasn’t enough, Hannah Smyth’s performances as our feature vocalist have improved with every outing since she joined us back in January.

    Recording our “Live@Lansdown” cd in the spring was great fun and its sales at gigs and via the website have exceeded my expectations too.  The thing is, if you’re like me, once you complete one project you always want to get started on the next one so we’ve been back in the studio to put some more tunes down!  We’ve almost completed recordings of “Everything” (with Hannah on vocals), “My Life” (this time with the awsomely talented Simon Jones singing) and a great Big Band version of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra”.  I’m hoping to have everything finished by the end of February and up on the website for people to listen to just after that.

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