Sheer Music receives Civic Award.

Most of you will already know, so I had better make haste and mention it for everyone else, to avoid being accused of banging on about it. Last Tuesday, I received a letter from count. Elanor Oddy of Devizes TC, informing me of being nominated and awarded a Civic Award for “Services for the People”. 

This was a nomination made by a local musician and friend, Tim Henley, who wanted to recognise the 10 years of effort, put into organising, promoting and raising the profile of the Devizes Music scene. 

This came as a surprise, as I can only vaguely remember the concept of Civic awards and wasn’t really something that was at all on my radar. Still needless to say, it’s a great opportunity to once again raise the profile of local live music in Devizes and what we do, to a much wider group of people.

I’ll be gladly accepting this award, in the spirit in which it is given, at a Mayoral drinks evening on Thursday 24th April in  the Town Hall in St Johns Street at 6.45pm. Anyone wishing to come and witness this municipal event are welcome to, though directly after the reception there will be a coincidentally timed gig by GAZ BROOKFIELD in The Lamb, directly opposite, which is where the real party will be happening! 

So please come, drink and be merry – Let’s start celebrating The Lamb, and Sally King. Say thanks to Tim for the nomination in the first place, welcome back Gaz Brookfield and a string of excellent supports and continue ploughing this furrow, which has now become my life. 

Yesterday Chris Palmer said to me, “in 20 years time, you’ll be running this town (culturally)”. I’d like to think in 20 years I’d be returning to this town, but in any event, Devizes has singularly been the most consistent and interesting musical place in Wiltshire for a decade. And for that all I can thank, is you. 

Check out this Thursdays Gazette & Herald for an article about it, a picture taken by our one time dedicated photographer, Vicky Scipio, some ramshackle answers from me and a preview of the Gaz Brookfield gig! AND remember to pick up a copy of CRAMMER our local fanzine on Music & the Arts from Devizes Books. 


You can lead a Horse to water…. Underage Music Month

For the past decade I’ve largely concerned myself with the youth of Devizes & Wiltshire – Mostly in a Jo Whiley “suck their energy and stay young” type of way, but as I have passed the threshold of 30, it’s becoming much more of a struggle to remain on the level of an aloof teenager and harder still to tell them why they should take an interest in their local music scene – You’re either interested or your not. 

Thus, today I’m passing on a message; 

April is Underage Music Month and BBC Introducing in the West is on the look-out for the most creative young musicians in the area. 

If you’re under 18 years old and making music then please email or tweet us @bbcintrowest using the hashtag #underagemusicmonth. Or maybe you know someone who’s being creative with music, but not getting the recognition they deserve? Richard and I (Sam Bonham) want to find the most creative young musicians in the West Country throughout April.  

It’s another way to get involved, and a relatively straight forward one too, so join in. I hope those of you who saw our tweets, entered the Larmer Tree Festivals competition too, good luck to those that did. 


If you’re Wiltshire based and looking for gigs, you could do yourself a favour and drop Abe Juggins an email – He is currently booking a series of gigs on Fridays in May at The Bell By The Green, in aid of the Devizes Showcase. It’s filling up, but there are spaces. Check out the Sheer Music Facepage for more information. I’ve seen the festival brochure, and he get’s a lovely mention. 


Not that I’m even remotely bothered by my age (I stress that I’m not again, despite the constant commentary…) but  there is something quite cool about the idea of singing Gilbert & Sullivan. If you feel the same way, well then GOOD NEWS, White Horse Opera are looking for chaps to sing. A wry smile to anyone who thought of Sideshow Bob attempting to murder Bart Simpson, at the mention of Gilbert & Sullivan, but if that is what it takes…. 

Drop Barbara Gompels an email and offer your services!


We do have some great news to announce in due course, regarding our 10 year anniversary show, local awards, Devizes Festival and more – just keep reading!