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Forest Connections exhibition at the New Forest Gallery

Fiona Scott-Wilson has two works selected for the exhibition at the New Forest Gallery at Lyndhurst, Hampshire.

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Cllr Mrs Maureen Holding, Chairman of New Forest District Council inspects Fiona Scott-Wilson’s cut paper works.

On 7 April we attended the opening which was guest hosted by folk comedy hero Richard Digants. Richard judged and picked the work of artist Lynne Davies for the Birkett Ferguson Award.

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Lynne Davies wins the Birkett Ferguson Award.

Other artists exhibited included Jenny Sutton RBSA, Martin Rumary and Danny Byrne.

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Martin Rumary with painting

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Danny Byrne points out Fiona Scott-Wilson’s unique cut paper work.

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Cllr Mrs Maureen Holding, Chairman of New Forest District Council and Richard Digants

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Artist Fiona Scott-Wilson creates paintings in cut paper, vibrant ink drawings of British fauna and flora with an Oriental blossom sense/style. She also paints in Gouache and Acrylic on paper or canvas.

Fiona Scott-Wilson page

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Latest album from Ife Tolentino
Você Passou Aqui (You Were Here) reviewed, here.

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Jordan Reyne See successful online artist and Second Life Star Jordan Reyne in her two part free seminar on how to make it online as a performance artist.

Seriously honest and straight forward advice. Just watch both part 1 and follow the link to watch part II on youtube so you can then see Jordan perform on youtube which is easy. Second Life takes a little more commitment but the online success of games like minecraft are testament to the value of virtual exposure.

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Simon Drake's and The House of MagicIt is not every day that you hear of a brand new magic invention. In this case I have seen it and it is completely convincing – the magician or illusionist or indeed actor can be convincingly stabbed with multiple knives in different locations on the body, with or without blood, the effect is convincing, does not damage clothing and the blades do not fall out.

It is an original invention by UK’s master of illusion, Simon Drake.

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Monica Vasconcelos continues her 20th Anniversary Tour and performs here with her band.

Steve Lodder on piano and keys
Dudley Phillips on bass
Ife Tolentino on guitar
Marius Rodrigues on drums
special guest Lúcia Viola on flute
Mônica Vasconcelos on vocals

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Unseen video of The Cesarians, wonderful band = captured at The Purple Turtle.

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Simon Drake's House of Magic

Check out our exclusive photos in London’s most magical venue – Simon Drake’s House of Magic. The venue was started by star of cult TV series Secret Cabaret Simon Drake and it is an evening of fun and excitement plus an excellent buffet dinner and a show that will astound you. And authentic, spooky evening caters for parties and full corporate entertainment up to 125 people. It has a well-stocked bar, reasonably priced and caters for smokers in the Enchanted Garden. Sophisticated entertainment of the highest order.


Gallery here.

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The CD is the winner of the 


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The Black Soap Boys
“Black Soap Boys” are a brand new blues band with quite a few brand new songs. Rick Bryant, Gordon Spittle and Chris Grosz, playing their own country blues based songs, with a smattering of classic covers, from early Dylan to Bukka White, are not youthful beginners.

They are playing at The Boathouse, Nelson, New Zealand on Friday 20th September.

Every so often, but not very often, you go to hear live music, and get struck by a musical presence and quality that you just didn’t expect.

Unless you’ve heard him already.

Rick Bryant has been, not to understate the matter, in a lot of bands. The most recent, “The Windy City Strugglers” played at the Boathouse and in the Nelson area in 2006.

The big voiced singer has done every kind of blues, ancient and modern, in 45 years on the road around Aotearoa, in Mammal, Blerta, Rough Justice, Top Scientists, Neighbours, and Rick Bryant and the Jive Bombers, as well as gospel choir Jubilation.

After a long recovery from pneumonia and other setbacks Rick is back at work in “Black Soap Boys”, a blues-flavoured acoustic guitar trio playing mainly new songs written by themselves.

Chris Grosz has lived overseas for much of the time since he was in the unforgettable and historic Christchurch lineup “The Band of Hope” in the late 1960s, and “The Mad Dog Jug Band” in Auckland in the 70’s. Since then he has been active in the Melbourne acoustic blues scene, and a member of Whangarei based electric blues band “Smokestack.”

Gordon Spittle has been writing songs since the 1970’s, for various artists including Dunedin’s legendary “Lutha”, winners of the Loxene Golden Disc Award in 1973 and 1974.

For the last few years he has collaborated with Bryant, writing the repertoire for the last incarnation of “Rick Bryant and the Jive Bombers” comprising their forthcoming album, “The Black Soap from Monkeyburg”, as well as several other albums in progress.

The “Black Soap Boys” repertoire is made up of acoustic versions from this long list of rock, r&b, blues, gospel, ballads, and countryish songs, together with some of Chris’s, in the same range of styles. See also

From an article about Rick, Metro Magazine, August 2012

“I always thought he took music more seriously than he ought to,…that he was thinking the soul out of it. But I don’t think that anymore…He’s always had a fantastic voice and it’s just got better and better. It’s so full of feeling.”

Simon Morris, Radio New Zealand broadcaster.

“His voice is his careful, meticulous art, a thing of rare and expressive beauty, maybe best heard on his own composition, ‘Snow on the Desert Road.’ ”

Steve Braunias, Metro Feature Writer.

“He does really work at it, and keeps refining it. Even though the texture of it has got grainier, and rougher, what he can do with it is so much more – he can sing one note now that says a whole lot. I mean, we should regard him the way the Irish regard Van Morrison. Maybe ultimately we will.”

Nick Bollinger, Radio New Zealand broadcaster.

“You hear life ived in his voice. You hear experience. You hear sorrow and pain.
He gets it right.”

Jennifer Ward-Lealand, actor and singer.

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