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Ukuladeez Cosmic Tea Party

review by Tom Girard Having been cancelled earlier in 2020 when the island went into lockdown due to the pandemic the Ukuladeez were finally able to welcome us to their Cosmic Tea Party at St James on Saturday 24th October. Named for their 2015 EP, the event was a sell out well in advance and saw the hall decorated ready for their…

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Afro Beats and Space Pirates at St James

a review by Tom Girard After a bit of a break over the summer (with the exception of the Guernsey Gigs Unplugged Club) live music returned to St James in full force on the weekend of Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September as Yaz and Lula & Gene played in the new cafe on Friday and The Space Pirates Of Rocquaine made a triumphant return…

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St James Newsletter August 2020

We are back! Many of you will be already aware that St James is indeed now open for events, since we have had a really great response to our contemporary music evenings in July and, more recently, our classical music evenings. As a result, we have published our new Diary earlier than usual so that we…

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Guernsey Gigs Unplugged Club 2/9/20

by Tom Girard On Wednesday 2nd September though they returned, with a new venue, the newly refurbished cafe at St James Concert Hall. As venues go, for an informal but focussed night of music, it felt great with a small stage now added into the corner of the expanded space and panoramic vistas across St. Peter Port and…

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Debbie Bideau and Mervyn Grand – 27/08/20

Mervyn Grand and Deborah Bideau have shared some impressive territory in the musical life of the island. He, as highly qualified Head of the Guernsey Music Service (now retired), has conducted the Guernsey Youth Orchestra internationally, and performs regularly on piano and violin. Debbie is now Faculty Head of Performing Arts at Guernsey Grammar School and…

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Musicians in Lockdown: Isle Stone

How did lockdown affect your musical creativity? While the extra free time was a blessing, it eventually became somewhat of a groundhog day both creatively and in day-to-day life. Interestingly, our songwriting picked up towards the end, especially when the optimism and hope of leaving lockdown set in. How do you think lockdown will affect the Guernsey…

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