Kenilworth’s Song Club is a hit

Song Club

Keith Ayling’s event was a full house with all wanting more.

Launched on Sunday 20th November, Kenilworth artist and musician Keith Ayling’s Song Vlub featured two artists and himself performing for free and talking about the inspiration and perspiration behind songwriting.

The event drew a full house at Costa Coffee, Kenilworth with over 40 people – standing room only and an excellent reaction from the attendees who were both listening expectantly and eager with questions for the performers.

 Kenilworth School student Joel Scott said of the event, “Song Club was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which consisted  of live acoustic performance and open discussion on songwriting and music. Whether you are interested in songwriting  or simply enjoy an evening of music, I highly recommend Song Club.”

A number of friends of Kenilworth School singer Sophie Lewis had come in support as it was only her second proper public performance with many songs fresh from the bedroom! She is now trying to complete enough to record next year.

 Another attendee, Warwick University Student Jess Clark commented, The atmosphere was great, cool and cosy. And, as an aspiring songwriter myself, I found it very inspiring. Good times, good people, good coffee!”

Manchester’s Ortopilot who had chosen to come down from the north for a rare live performance played all original material in preparation for recording next year.

Organiser Keith Ayling said “It was great to have Ortopilot play. He has a huge internet following so it was good to see him in a live context and I know he enjoyed it. His willingness to travel for special gigs like this – and the number of local people that turned out to see all of the artists, shows that when presented in the right way, live original music still has a big place in people’s hearts. It’s something I want to nurture in Kenilworth.

I’m planning further Song Club nights for 2017 together with a few more surprises! If you’re a songwriter please get in touch.”

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Mister Keith releases single and video

Mister Keith

Filmed in a Victorian house in Kenilworth the new video to accompany the single ‘Love is Strong’ by local artist Mister Keith will be released next week.

Officially it’s the first single from the album Record of Wrongs released last year, which has been receiving excellent reviews and earned Mister Keith ‘Artist of the Month’ on BBC Introducing and play on BBC Radio 1. The song features both Warwick University Brass and Eastbourne Salvation Army Band who both recorded parts for the track.

The video, shot in a local house by Manchester filmmaker Mark Tuson of Northern Spark Films also features Kenilworth girl Sarah Murphy who acted as the ‘ghost’ in the film’s enigmatic storyline of love and loss.

“It’s an emotionally claustrophobic song and setting this in a domestic situation of a house mirrors the lyrics. We filmed it in an afternoon and Sarah was excellent at being directed in her first film.”

On the same day of its release, Mister Keith plays with acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine from 90’s band ‘The Bible’ at Coventry’s Big Comfy Books (Thursday 10th March). The event is almost sold out and promises an intimate insight in to both songwriter’s catalogues with a very small audience. The alias of songwriter Keith Ayling,

Mister Keith is a new project of what has been a thirty year career in songwriting crossing four decades of musical styles, most notably with Britpop band Kato.

The vintage feel continues when Mister Keith’s orchestra of six musicians visits the Edwardian Village Hall of Quatt in Shropshire two days later (March 12th) for a Parlour Concert, sponsored by Broker’s gin.

“I approached Quatt because I felt the heritage of the hall and the village perfectly matched what Mister Keith shows are all about. They agreed! My Parlour Concerts are immersive events, with participation even down to tea tasting and gin tasting in the interval.”

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‘Love Is Strong’ – official video: