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Julie, Ben and I caught the train into town this afternoon from Eden Park to meet up with Lisa at Covent Garden station.  We walked around the corner to Masala Zone and enjoyed an excellent meal, before Lisa and Ben headed for Charing Cross and home, while Julie and I walked to Shaftesbury Avenue where Julie had bought tickets for the improvisational musical show, Showstopper!

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Chandos Arms

I was turning 60 on Monday 18 February and so it seemed totally appropriate to mark the moment with live music.  By happy chance, there was to be a Just East of Jazz promotion at the Chandos Arms in Colindale, north London, featuring the legendary sax player Derek Nash from the Jools Holland Band.

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Americana Conference

I have spent the last two days working at the excellent Americana Conference 2019, hosted once again by the UK Americana Association at Hackney House, Curtain Road.  This consists of a series of panels and presentations, all of which were kicked off this year by keynote speaker Rhiannon Giddens, who introduced the 2019 Conference theme of diversity, equality and inclusivity.

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A fun evening at Holborn Pizza Express thanks to an invitation from Ray Jones to attend the December Talentbanq showcase.  Mark Batchelor and I had an excellent table to appreciate the array of artists, who included the upbeat Eddy Smith & the 507, rising country star Katy Hurt, the captivating Joe Slater from Liverpool and show opener Johanna Von Sicard.

Stamford blues

It what is now apparently an annual fixture, AFC Bournemouth were drawn away to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup once again.  The timing of the quarter final game, in midweek and just before Christmas, meant that it was relatively easy to purchase tickets from the official Cherries site.

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Christmas fayre

It’s been a busy social period, as the UK Music lunch was followed by tonight’s annual festive drinks at Republic Media in Highgate Village, superbly hosted as ever by Sue Harris and the team.

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UK Music party

My thanks to UK Music today for the invitation to The Library, Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, London E1, for their annual Christmas lunch for communications representatives and journalists in the music industry.  A pleasure to catch up with Michael Dugher, Tom Kiehl, Oliver Morris and the UK Music team, along with many long-term colleagues including Paul Scaife of Record of the Day.  

PPL at St James’s

An early sign that the Christmas drinks season is underway, the PPL and PRS for Music December reception, took place this afternoon at its now regular venue, 7 St James’s Street, near the end of Pall Mall.

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I visited the Hospital Club in Covent Garden tonight with Jonathan Stewart and my MU colleague Autumn Sharkey, as we had been kindly invited by Shlomo and his partner Michelle to capture a performance of his new material in a band setting.

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BBC Introducing Live

It has been a busy but compelling three days at Tobacco Dock in east London representing the MU at ‘BBC Introducing Live.’  The event – now in its second year following its launch in 2017 as ‘Amplify’ – is hosted and administered by Get On Music Media, who I understand have licensed the BBC name for up to five years.  The show was a marked step-up from the inaugural show and the historic venue proved ideal for the numerous scheduled seminars, workshops and performances.

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