Shed bands perform intimate gigs

PUBLISHED: 14:04 24 February 2011

Jon Earl in his shed. He has now teamed up with Five the Beach in Clevedon to bring live music sessions to the public.

Jon Earl in his shed. He has now teamed up with Five the Beach in Clevedon to bring live music sessions to the public.


INTERNATIONAL musicians will play one-off gigs in an intimate setting in Clevedon.

The shed in Jon Earl's back garden.

Creator of the popular website, Songs from the Shed, and Clevedon resident Jon Earl, has teamed up with seafront cafe Five the Beach to put on regular, ticketed live music sessions.

Only 40 tickets will be available for each evening, which will include a three-course meal and a glass of wine.

Songs from the Shed was created when Jon began inviting musicians to play acoustic sessions in the large shed in his back garden, which are filmed and then uploaded to the website.

Since it began, the shed has become increasingly popular with bands from across the UK and America requesting to play in it.

Jon said: “These evenings are more about the food accompanying the music than the other way round

“The four bands we currently have lined up normally play in much bigger venues. These are very special events.”

On March 31, former Beautiful South members Dave Rotheray, who has released his first solo album called Life of Birds, Damon Butcher and Gary Hammond will play. They will be supported by Elena McEvoy, one of the biggest selling female artists in Ireland.

On April 9, New York band The Wiyos will perform. The band has supported Bob Dylan on tour and much of its music is inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ‘30s.

On May 1, American ragtime and country blues band Woody Pines will perform and on June 15 Pokey LaFarge and the South City Free will bring their swing, country blues and early jazz sounds to Clevedon.

Each event will begin at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £30 each, are available from the cafe in The Beach on 01275 341633.

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