Not So Silent Movies… with Tim Minchin

February 6, 2012

I am very happy to announce that Tim Minchin will be joining our band for a Not So Silent Movies… evening gig at Kings Place, Hall One on June 29th 2012.
If you’ve never heard of Not so Silent Movies… how can I explain what you’re in for..?

Well, I LOVE silent film, not the mawkish sentimental stuff (no names mentioned) but the slapstick, zero CGI, sharp as a nail comic timing of geniuses like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.

I also love playing & writing soundtracks with my friends… but not the arduous process of rehearsing. Our lovely band provides a live soundtrack to these incredible films… but there’s a tiny catch;

  • There are no rehearsals.
  • There’s no sheet music.
  • None of the musicians will have watched the films in advance.
  • Improvisation before a live audience will begin as the film rolls…

What self-respecting musician would want to put themselves through it?
Well, I’m very happy to say that the band lineup for June 29th is as follows;

  • Tim Minchin – guest pianist
  • Elspeth Hanson – violin & electric violin
  • Julia Thornton – harp
  • Pip Eastop, Horn, trumpets & Phatterboy
  • Geoff Dugmore – drums, teaspoons & llama toenails
  • Mark Neary – Pedal Steel guitar
  • Pete Furniss – clarinet, bass clarinet, sax & recorders
  • Guy Pratt – Bass
  • Philip Sheppard (me) – cello & electric cello

If you’d like to know more.. watch this clip of one of our earlier gigs:
Tickets & further info from here…
Let us know if you’re planning to come!
Philip Sheppard x

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