THE LEWES RIPPLE



seema tree

The Seema Tree...

The Seema Tree is an indie band with a thirst for music who enjoy playing original heart felt songs in their own eclectic manner. It is fronted by singer/songwriter Seema Kapila whose gentle voice and rhythmic tunes draw you in to elegant hard hitting lyrics of love, sorrow, fear and joy as she weaves tales about people she's met, places, communities and time.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Seema-Tree-279026255847082/

Edenwood

Edenwood...

Lewes based duo Edenwood (Maia Eden and Claire Wood) will bring their own unique brand of Americana to the afternoon show at the Union Music Store on Monday 6th.

https://www.facebook.com/EdenwoodUK/

Lewkulele strummers

Lewkulele...

Lewkulele has been meeting weekly since 2013 when a few brave friends, with no previous experience of, or interest in, playing a musical instrument, were persuaded that they should take up the ukulele, and unwittingly started changing the cultural landscape of Lewes.

Where once evenings around this genteel Sussex town had resonated with the sound of orchestral, chamber and choral ensembles, there began to be heard the uncoordinated strumming of ukuleles – and much uncontrollable laughter.

But, amazingly, from those humble, stumbling beginnings has emerged Lewkulele, a weekly session where up to 30 strummers meet to play, sing, laugh and drink - not necessarily in that order and certainly not simultaneously.

https://www.lewkulele.org/

Concept of Thought

Concept of Thought...

Seven years after Concept of Thought released their debut album Painting on Silence, the Brighton-based duo are making a highly anticipated comeback with their new album, Misty Blue (click here to listen/buy)

A two sided album; Misty Blue is comprised of 12 tracks. Side A offers vocals from COT, accompanied by Daisy Drage who infuses heavenly harmonies throughout each track; side B is dedicated to the instrumentals of the first 6 tracks, produced entirely by Birmingham beat maker Joe Corfield, who's been making his mark all across the UK.

Dedicated to a friend who Awfer and Illiterate lost in their youth, Misty Blue’is a project that radiates gratitude and love for the planet and the people on it. The skill and insight gained by COT since the release of Painting on Silence is clear. Misty Blue feels like the release of seven years, at peace with each moment passed.

At times metaphorical and always poetic, it’s no surprise that COT have kept honesty and wisdom at the forefront of their lyricism throughout each track, while still maintaining the same heat we know and trust to expect from a Yogocop release.

concept of thought liveSomething about the title track ‘Misty Blue’ differs from the rest of the album. While still feeling in place with every other song, the oriental sounds entwined within the beat create a sense of calm and freedom, and that’s exactly the message that’s conveyed throughout each verse. We’re welcomed into the song with dreamy vocals from Daisy Drage, followed by an opening verse from Awfer that invites us to reminisce, and reminds us to appreciate each moment and thing surrounding us. Illiterate holds true to what he does best, infusing observations of daily life with his own insight and wisdom. Both paint lyrical pictures of the landscapes they call home.

concept of thought painting on silence concept of thought misty blue

Click here to read more about Concept of Thought

Nigel Price

Nigel Price...

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.

Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing.

Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod. He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London.

He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.

Nigel is a regular performer at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where he has made more than 500 appearances.

 https://www.nigelprice.biz

The Contenders

The Contenders...

The Ripple is delighted to welcome these grizzled veterans to the Con Club extravaganza on May 3rd, however the rest of the 7 acts must remain shrouded in mystery until the night itself. Adele? Ed Sheeran? Bryan Adams? Probably not but you never know.

Olivia Bullock

Olivia Bullock...

Olivia Bullock's work is characterised by a familiar and recognisable visual language that draws inspiration from a diverse range of historical and cultural references.

Much of her thematic inspiration is gathered from legends, stories, history and traditions. Her invented beasts, masked beings, dysfunctional and ridiculous characters occupy a captivating, mythological world. Their emotional presence and identity often hidden from view, act as an emissary between humans and allegorical creatures. Linking the real with the imaginary.

This theme is explored again with references to pop culture, providing an analytical and humorous translation of these key themes.

Olivia's work is entirely hand painted, using a combination of gouache and watercolour on paper, which is then cut out and assembled to create a multi layered collage.

And now... Femme Brûlée!

http://www.oliviabullock.co.uk/

Sophie Moore

Sophie Moore...

Local singer/song-writer Sophie Moore's album Maze of Emotion, featuring the 7inch vinyl “Take Me Up”, is a collaboration with her brother, Julian Moore, who also plays drums and electric guitar in the band.

https://www.facebook.com/sophiemooremusic/

Sepia Shadows

Sepia Shadows...

Sepia Shadows are Max Gibson and Bethan Lees, playing acoustic instruments, featuring an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and R&B classics as a tribute to some of the main inspirations of their own original music. Lewes favourites!

https://www.facebook.com/max.gibson.14

https://www.facebook.com/bethan.b.lees

The Oyster Project

The Oyster Project...

Initiating creative, award-winning, voluntary community action ​by people with physical disability of all ages and older people based at the historic Westgate Chapel 92a High Street ​Lewes, The Oyster Project was founded in 2004 by John Russell and became a registered charity in 2009, receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.

The Oyster Project supports weekly drama groups, a weekly art group and an annual family camp. In 2019 a series of Wellbeing workshops and art/craft workshop support for dementia is planned. It also works with the Westgate Trust which supporst groups working with homeless people and those with addiction plus the work of Radio Lewes which was founded by Oyster members.

http://oysterproject.org.uk/

Lewes Railway Land Trust

Lewes Railway Land Trust...

The Railway Land Wildlife Trust aims to inspire environmental sustainability by bringing nature to the heart of Lewes. Based at the beautiful Linklater Pavilion on the Railway Land, we run community events big and small, school visits, holiday clubs and social inclusion projects – all promoting the untold benefits that the natural world brings to us all, and ways we can all help to safeguard it.

https://www.railwaylandproject.org/

Sharon Makgill

Sharon Makgill...

Mother and lover of colour!! Owner of Popsicle in The Needlemakers, Lewes.

Sharon comes from a fashion background. She started window dressing all over the London Westend in the 80’s which soon led on to fashion styling for magazines and celebrities. She moved to Brighton in 1999 and started a family, then begun her own mobile flower design business called Blush Flowers – doing flowers for weddings and businesses. She moved to Lewes and opened Popsicle in 2014.

And now Femme Brulée!

www.popsicleonline.com

Max Mezzowave

Max Mezzowave...

Max has never been one to compromise or conform. Leading a wonderfully nomadic existence, he has taken inspiration from the many stages of his journey and carefully crafted a spellbinding set of uplifting songs and haunting soundscapes. He has drawn from almost two decades of experience in the experimental electronic underground scene and combined it with a very human sense of musicianship. In the process he has produced an album of immense complexity and infinite subtlety.

Max is no stranger to pioneering music. Alongside contemporaries from Mute Records and Renegade Soundwave he has helped shape the sound of a whole host of genres. His DJ Pathaan championed fusion project with Chaitanya was acclaimed within the Asian Underground movement. He has remixed countless tracks for artists such as Lamb and Lou Rhodes. His debut album “The Hub” took the ambient chill out scene by storm, and as musical director for Alison David (Red Snapper) he has supported Carleen Anderson and Joan Armatrading, performing live on the BBC.

http://mezzowave.co.uk/

Starfish Studios

Starfish...

For anyone who doesn't know, Starfish has grown from very humble beginnings in 1998, with just a few young musicians and a couple of amps, into a major contributor to the Lewes music scene, putting on popular public music events for all ages.

Starfish Youth Music aims to help young people find their own musical voice, and give them confidence in their own creativity. Its young musicians are encouraged to explore writing songs and jamming, communicating ideas, sharing skills, and making decisions for themselves.

As an independent club, Starfish Lewes relies on members' fees, donations and fundraising events to finance the running of the project.

https://www.starfishlewes.co.uk/

Radio Lewes

Radio Lewes...

Radio Lewes is an internet webcasting radio station founded and run by members of the Oyster Project charity based in Lewes and facilitating work-like experience for people 18+ with disability.

Radio Lewes can be listened to on smart phones, internet/wifi radios, iPads, tablets and any wifi connected computer We have an free Android app and for Apple we recommend the TuneIn app (free) available at the AppStore. We broadcast 24/7 and are live 10-5 M-F We promote Lewes, local musicians and the music scene, local history, disability issues and more.

http://www.radiolewes.org.uk/

Rocket FM

Rocket FM...

Rocket FM is a community radio station for Lewes and surrounding villages in East Sussex, UK.

Rocket FM broadcasts on 87.8FM (and online via the website) in the run up to the unique and historic Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

It features local musicians, presenters and guests, playing the music they are passionate about, as well as broadcasting all the essential Bonfire and community information.

Rocket is staffed by volunteers and is entirely dependent on donations, grants and the support of local people to get back on air each Autumn.

http://www.rocketfm.org.uk/

Steve 'Snips' Parsons

Steve 'Snips' Parsons...

Steve debuted his musical career on the Hull scene, where (in the late 60’s/early 70’s) he played in several Beat music groups. His talent was spotted by Island Records and, after a successful audition, he received an offer to join the newly created supergroup Sharks as lead singer and songwriter. The band included session guitarist Chris Spedding and ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser and was initially managed by Island founder Chris Blackwell. After Sharks, Steve joined the Baker Gurvitz Army as ‘Mr Snips’ and sang on both their second album Elysian Encounter and their third Hearts on Fire. The band toured extensively in Europe and the USA. Subsequently Steve contributed vocals and songs to Ginger Baker's solo album Ginger Baker and Friends in 1977.

During the 80's, 90's and into the 2000's Steve no longer performed live but worked as a film and TV composer/producer for advertising clients both in the UK and the USA. His television credits include Call Red and two series of Fat Friends. His film scores include Howling II, Charlie, Funny Man, Journal of a Contract Killer, Nine Miles Down, Conspiracy of Silence, Another 9½ Weeks, and Split Second.

In the Autumn of 2015, Steve reunited with Chris Spedding to perform Sharks songs as a tribute to Andy Fraser who passed away earlier in the year. In 2017, Sharks released a new album Killers of the Deep (rated by Classic Rock magazine as one of the top 50 albums of the year). The band toured the UK and Japan, winning acclaim for their high energy and slightly chaotic stage shows.

The 21st Century revival of Sharks has been filmed for over 2 years and Steve is now editing the material into a feature documentary entitled Shark Kar.

HERE'S A RIPPLE WORLD EXCLUSIVE! PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN CLIP FROM THE UPCOMING SHARKS DOCUMENTARY FEATURE.

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