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Happy 10th Birthday, Engine Room

The Engine Room in Bridgwater celebrates it’s 10th anniversary yesterday. I was there the day it opened and sipped champagne on the same step ladder in the same room on the same spot I did in 2003 to celebrate the place that has changed my life so much, allowing me to do what I want to so for a living. Here are the cakes.

To all the staff: Here’s to the next 99 years (when the lease runs out).

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Visit them at The Engine Room, Brdgwater

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Musik in meiner Freizeit Schlafzimmer

Mary O'Shea. By a mic. Last month.

On 9th of November, in both 2010 and 2011 (oddly), the Rightsmart office echoed to the dulcet aural perfume of Mary O’Shea as she recorded several choral tracks (to a pre-recorded backing piano). All in a bedroom the size of a small car.

But then’s she’s only little. (Although her voice is massive.)

It’s amazing what you can get away with if
a) you can sing,
b) you have a decent microphone and
c) you put a big blanket on the wall to soften the acoustics (and then pile on lots of reverb). Click below to hear an example of what was achieved.

You can hear more samples of Mary’s amazing output by clicking here and even buy a CD of her own compositions.

Somebody sign her to a label! She has more talent in her tiniest burp than the output of all the divas and chavs that have minced in front of Simon Cowell over the last decade. You heard her here first.