Christmas Showcase At The School Creative Centre

By Sally Lampitt

It was a rocking good show as we ended our season of live music with a showcase trio of local talent.

Festival favourites Virgin Soldiers, the ever so cheeky Dorey the Wise and Rye’s very own dynamic duo GEMM (Giorgia Moran and Eleanor Mason).

Headlining the evening were Virgin Soldiers – an electric group of musicians who share a passion to create innovative music. One of the band’s unique selling points is the incredible rhythm and energy of the songs – achieved without the use of a drum kit – and unable to find a genre to fit their music they created their own, Strock. In 2011 the band burst onto the Festival circuit with Main Stage appearances at Lounge On The Farm, Good Weekend, Out Of The Ordinary Festival, SkyFest 2011 and Local & Live in Tunbridge Wells.

Rye's very own dynamic duo GEMM (Giorgia Moran and Eleanor Mason).
Rye’s very own dynamic duo GEMM (Giorgia Moran and Eleanor Mason).

They have appeared at venues all over London including Union Chapel; The Bull & Gate; Water Rats; The Bedford and The Good Ship and regularly at local venues that include Trinity Arts Centre and The Forum. 2011 also saw the release of the band’s debut EP through indie label Velvetine which resulted in radio plays on BBC Introducing: The South; BBC Radio Kent; The Beat on BBC Radio Nottingham and numerous local radio stations.

In support are Dorey The Wise and GEMM. Dorey The Wise was formed in 2010 by acoustic duo Aidan Tigwell and Chris Georghiou – brought together by a love of music, food and of creating songs to woo ladies and melt hearts of stone. 2011 saw the band double in size with the addition of bassist Mason Holmes and percussionist Elliot Lampitt. After a busy summer playing local gigs and festivals including The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Local & Live Tunbridge Wells and Hastings Beer Festival they bring their unique sound and cheeky banter to Rye.

Last but not least

Last but most definitely not least is GEMM, Rye’s own dynamic duo – Giorgia Moran and Eleanor Mason. Their beautiful harmonies and creative songwriting have been a hit on the local music scene and expect to see a lot more of them in 2012.

Rye’s Own January 2012

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