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Get together with other musicians and singers to learn and play R&B, Soul and Funk classics and rare grooves. Gain musical knowledge and skills through studying the music you have always loved.

Upcoming events (4+)

The Tuesday Band

Husky Studios

£15.00

We work towards a public performance at the end of each term, playing a wide selection of classics from the entire history of Soul/R&B.

You choose the songs; we learn them; we play them as a band.

Please nominate the songs you want to play on the "Tuesday" page of our spreadsheet:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zb1cMKrOMDvxacsw9AoRRstkx-M7r_NIrF4tZJIREU0/edit?usp=sharing

Other members who want to play the songs you have suggested can add their names in the columns for their instruments.

This is for: lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, strings - violin; viola; cello, horns - trumpets; trombones; all saxes; flutes.

Other ways to make your song suggestions for the workshop: as a "Comment" in the Event listing; on the general "Songs" page of the spreadsheet; as a message to the Organiser/Event Host (Andy Dummett).

The workshop will be led by Andy Dummett.

Andy has been privileged to play with a number of Soul legends including Stax, Atlantic and Motown recording artists - Eddie Floyd, Solomon Burke, Ben E King, Percy Sledge, Edwin Starr, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Memphis Horns, Steve Cropper, Teenie Hodges, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Leon Ware, Dorothy Moore.

Please check the studio's website for the latest Covid procedures:

https://www.huskystudios.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Husky-Studios-Coronavirus-COVID-19-customer-guide.pdf

Fees:

Per session (drop-in): £15

Your fees include the group's costs for rehearsal studio rental and hire of mic's, PA, bass amp, guitar amps and drum kit.

We will work towards a public performance.

See our Calendar (https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/) for all Events

https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/

To see details of individual Events (past and future), you can click through from the Calendar

Soul / R&B Band

Husky Studios

£15.00

Let's have fun learning and playing a bunch of great tunes from the Soul / R&B back catalogue. There will be well-known standards and lesser-known or even obscure gems chosen from anywhere in the entire history of R&B..

We'll learn some classic tunes by ear and play them. You do not need to be able to read music. Support is given in learning the parts (this may sometimes include written charts / tab).

Visit the "Tuesday" page of our new spreadsheet to see vacancies, current members, current repertoire, and to make and see suggestions for new repertoire:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zb1cMKrOMDvxacsw9AoRRstkx-M7r_NIrF4tZJIREU0/edit?usp=sharing

This is for: lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, baritone sax, tenor sax, alto sax

Please check the studio's website for the latest Covid procedures:

https://www.huskystudios.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Husky-Studios-Coronavirus-COVID-19-customer-guide.pdf

Fees:

Per session (drop-in): £15

Your fees include the group's costs for rehearsal studio rental and hire of mic's, PA, bass amp, guitar amps and drum kit.

We will work towards a public performance.

See our Calendar (https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/) for all Events

https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/

To see details of individual Events (past and future), you can click through from the Calendar

Soul Choir and Band

Husky Studios

£15.00

Ideal entry for singers new to our workshops.

Classic Soul songs in full vocal arrangements with live band.

Let's bring the backgrounds to the foreground (where they belong) and put them on an equal footing with the lead vocals.

Visit the "Thursday" page of our new spreadsheet to see vacancies, current members, current repertoire, and to make and see suggestions for new repertoire:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zb1cMKrOMDvxacsw9AoRRstkx-M7r_NIrF4tZJIREU0/edit?usp=sharing

This is for you if you are:

• a backing vocalist

• a lead vocalist

• a backing vocalist who wants to develop their lead vocal skills

• a lead vocalist who wants to develop their backing vocal skills

• a singer who wants to develop their percussion skills

• a musician who wants to accompany singers and support them

• a musician who wants to develop their own vocal skills

• a guitarist, keyboard player, bass player, drummer, horn player, string player, percussionist

Use your existing skills and develop new ones.

The Soul repertoire offers an incredibly rich variety of vocal combinations. We will be able to choose songs to suit whatever combination of leads and backing vocals we get.

Have fun singing essential, but often neglected elements of the arrangements. Vocal backgrounds play an important role in Soul - using call-and-response; creating variety of texture; defining sections of the song; differentiating repeats of the same section; building excitement.

The workshop will be led by Andy Dummett.

Andy has been privileged to play with many of the great singers, songwriters and musicians from Stax, Atlantic, Motown and more

The way we use the studio has changed. This should be reassuring for those who are hesitant or cautious. Husky is a very Covid-secure venue and it’s important that all our members are protected, especially the most vulnerable. I would not be starting up again if I wasn’t confident in their procedures.

Full details are available on the studio’s website:

https://www.huskystudios.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Husky-Studios-Coronavirus-COVID-19-customer-guide.pdf

Please read it all. It’s too long for me to copy it all here, but I’d like to draw your attention to some of the main points.

· Wear a mask when you come in
· Use the hand sanitiser at the entrance
· Bring your own hand sanitiser for use in the room
· Bring spare masks if you need them (they are available from the office – but for £5 each!)
· Let me know you’re coming. If I’m expecting you, let me know if you’re not coming.
· Let me have your phone number AND postcode for NHS Test & Trace
· Microphones will be available and will have been disinfected. There is a deposit of £5 per mic, refunded on return
· Microphone cables are not available. If you need to use a mic, please bring your own cable

These workshops can support what you do in your own bands and in band workshops run by the Institute of Rhythm & Blues (https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/)

Please check the studio's website for the latest Covid procedures:

https://www.huskystudios.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Husky-Studios-Coronavirus-COVID-19-customer-guide.pdf

Fees:

Per session (drop-in): £15

Your fees include the group's costs for rehearsal studio rental and hire of mic's, PA, bass amp, guitar amps and drum kit.

We will work towards a public performance.

See our Calendar (https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/) for all Events

https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/

To see details of individual Events (past and future), you can click through from the Calendar

Soul Orchestral Band

Husky Studios

£15.00

All the standard elements of a Soul band plus orchestral instruments. Exploring the best Soul songs and the best arrangements - especially those featuring strings (violin, viola, cello), French horn, flute, brass, woodwinds, percussion, background vocals.

Let's have fun learning and playing a bunch of great tunes from the Soul / R&B back catalogue. There will be well-known standards and lesser-known or even obscure gems chosen from anywhere in the entire history of R&B.

This is for: lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, French horn, flute, baritone sax, tenor sax, alto sax, woodwinds, violin, viola, cello, percussion.

Visit the "Thursday" page of our new spreadsheet to see vacancies, current members, current repertoire, and to make and see suggestions for new repertoire:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zb1cMKrOMDvxacsw9AoRRstkx-M7r_NIrF4tZJIREU0/edit?usp=sharing

We'll learn some classic tunes by ear and play them. You do not need to be able to read music. Support is given in learning the parts (this may sometimes include written charts / tab).

The workshop will be led by Andy Dummett.

Andy has been privileged to play with a number of Soul legends including Stax, Atlantic and Motown recording artists - Eddie Floyd, Solomon Burke, Ben E King, Percy Sledge, Edwin Starr, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Memphis Horns, Steve Cropper, Teenie Hodges, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Leon Ware, Dorothy Moore.

Please check the studio's website for the latest Covid procedures:

https://www.huskystudios.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Husky-Studios-Coronavirus-COVID-19-customer-guide.pdf

Fees:

Per session (drop-in): £15

Your fees include the group's costs for rehearsal studio rental and hire of mic's, PA, bass amp, guitar amps and drum kit.

We will work towards a public performance.

See our Calendar (https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/) for all Events

https://www.meetup.com/London-Institute-of-Rhythm-Blues-Meetup/events/

To see details of individual Events (past and future), you can click through from the Calendar

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Soul Orchestral Band

Husky Studios

£15.00

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