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 'THE SHEIK OF SHELLAC'

a.k.a. Hugh Parry

 
 


MUSIC BEFORE THE MICROCHIP


Music is very convenient now. There is usually no hiss and crackle either. But what happened to its soul? Does the sterile stuff that you can download have vitality or depth?

Come back to the time when people cranked a handle for half a minute in order to hear three minutes of music – and appreciated it all the more as a result. YOU don’t have to crank the handle – the SHEIK OF SHELLAC does that.

Hear the sounds your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents loved – in the way they heard them.

I give talks, demonstrations and courses, in which you can see and hear:

a disc music-box; cylinder-playing phonographs; external-horn and ‘hornless’ gramophones; table-top and portable gramophones; a ‘diamond disc’ phonograph; a ‘camera’ gramophone; and even a representative of hi-tech in the shape of a Dansette – using real electricity!

  

A DISC JOCKEY WITH A DIFFERENCE 

If you, or a Society or an Organisation you are involved with, would like some period background music for your function, I can provide it. It will make a talking-point, and your guests will be able to talk about it because I won’t deafen them with banks of loudspeakers. It won’t cost too much either! I can play a programme of just about any kind of music you want, and for as long as you want (within reason!):

Classical (instrumental, orchestral, vocal); jazz and blues; dance band; rock’n’roll, skiffle and 50’s pop; traditional; Welsh; French; world music; brass band; Music Hall. Or a bit of everything!

Over the last couple of years the Sheik has, for instance, played at events including: Keswick Jazz Festival (every evening in the Festival Bar); a pre-Festival fundraiser at Ffwrn in Fishguard for the Aberjazz Festival (see feedback on Facebook); Dove Holes Jazz Festival; Tony Jacobs' Jazz and Swing Weekend at West Wittering, Chichester; Barmouth Jazz and Blues Club; Abergavenny Jazz Club; and open air entertainment on Aberystwyth promenade. Other engagements include providing background music for a wedding, a garden party, film shows, an indoor market and a beer festival; and illustrated talks for the U3A, the WI, Probus and West Wales Friendship Group. Click on 2017 Courses for details of a U3A residential course at Cirencester in August on old recorded music of all kinds.


IT'S NOT FOR ANTIQUARIANS AND ANORAKS!

IT’S MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FOR ALL!

(CLICK HERE to read feature on The Sheik of Shellac published in 'Aberystwyth Ego' 2015)

How to contact me:

E-mail (most reliable!):  woolgathererinwales@operamail.com

Telephone:  01974 298081

Write to:  Gilfach, Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Ceredigion SY25 6SB