A Summer Break

Just a short note to let everyone know there will be no St Boswells Live! in July.

Traditionally this is the time when many people are on holiday and also, assuming there will be some sun this summer, people are less keen to attend indoor events, so we felt it best to have a break, returning in August with a great show.

So have a great summer and try to make the most of the glimpses of sun. And if it keeps raining then you could always put a boat on the village green.

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Progress Report for August

As you can read on the About page, St Boswells Live! is a non-profit club that exists for two reasons. First, it is about bringing music to a community, and getting that community involved in the act of putting on and attending shows; this engenders an important sense of belonging that many communities (or, sadly, ex-communities) are increasingly lacking, with little to bring people together. Village halls and community centres play such an important part in this, and we are very lucky to have such a wonderful example to use.

Second, and closely related, St Boswells Live! has the side-effect of making a little bit of money for the hall we use, not just the monthly rental we pay (a peppercorn rent, really) but any profits made from the evenings are put back into the hall to help with its operation – paying bills, keeping it well-maintained and so on. We are also pleased to be hosting the annual Hooley – which has traditionally been just a disco-cum-party in the hall, but which will now also include a live band to take St Boswells into the new year.

So far St Boswells Live! is in the black, although it will take a few more successful evenings to ensure its long-term success, but things are looking good. The July evening, headlined by Jesse Rae (another stalwart of the St Boswells community, being a major part of the local community radio station, Brick FM and having also taken extensive video archive footage of St Boswells’ life) and supported by Caileen Hogg was reasonably successful, financially, and hugely memorable for everyone that attended. Prior to this, the June show with Carly Blain and Antic Hay put a nice bit of money in the hall coffers, and the audience came from all over to enjoy what our village has to offer.

Following the almost full opening night with Kieran Halpin, the “Open Mic” evening was a bit of a disappointment, but only in terms of audience size. We booked three of the acts to come back as support acts for future shows, so it’s always worth coming up on stage and having a go; you never know. This month we are hosting the wonderful Archie Fisher and expect a full house, so maybe we’ll also be able to afford some more lighting to give us more flexibility. Any donations or grants towards equipment, such as monitors and microphones are always welcome. Please contact us via keith@stboswellslive.com if you can help.

Here’s to a great future of live music in St Boswells.

Appeal for Equipment

Shure Microphones

A few weeks ago St Boswells Live! applied for a grant from the Scottish Communities Foundation, one of the few organisations that provide small grants to community ventures. This was to purchase a range of equipment so that we can play host to bands and more complicated performer setups, providing a much better experience for both performers and audiences.

Unfortunately our application was turned down because no funder could be matched to our club, which leaves us in a tricky situation, having to rely on performers to bring equipment that we should be providing, and not being able to host the majority of acts. Although we do have a decent PA and speakers, apart from a couple of old microphones that’s about it.

Which is why we are now appealing to anyone who might be able to provide equipment to help our community music club, whether it be second hand or new. Here is a list of what we need:

2 x wedge monitors with loop-back (master-slave setup)
Monitor amplifier (if using passive monitors, not required for powered ones)
16+4 stage box / loom with sufficient cable for back of hall.
2 x Shure SM58 dynamic microphones (for vocals) + stands
2 x Shure SM57 dynamic microphones (for amp mic) + stands
2 x twin-channel DI boxes
8 x 5m male-female XLR cables
4 x 5m jack to XLR cables

But we are also happy to receive any other equipment people might have, including lighting, providing it’s in decent condition. If any music equipment suppliers or shops are interested, then we might be able to provide advertising in exchange for equipment.

If you are able to help us then please contact Keith on 01835 822692, or email keith@stboswellslive.com.

Many thanks.

Up and Running

St Boswells Live! is now officially established as a music club. We have a committee of 11 enthusiastic people with a range of talents and experience that should ensure we are able to cope with almost anything the music world throws at us. We also have lots of volunteers who have kindly offered their time on club nights, putting up posters etc.

The first club night has been confirmed as Friday 22 April, and we already have a headliner booked – watch this space for more details soon.

We have also agreed that every club night should give the opportunity for people to perform “open mic” spots, so if you have some musical talent but don’t want to commit to a full set of songs / tunes, then let us know. Details on the about page, or if you live in the village then just speak to a member of the committee.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/stboswellslive to sign up for the very latest information, and to post your thoughts and ideas.

The St Boswells Live! Committee
Alan, Bill, Craig, Dougie, Euan, Graeme, Jennifer, Julia, Keith, Nicola and Patrick