Purple Fish present… Dark Side Of The Moon

Mark Smallman is a local legend in his own right, having kicked about in various incarnations of Rolling Zones / Rolling Clones and what not, for aaaaages. The current incarnation PURPLE FISH, who I’ve worked with a few times in the past, maintain the high quality control, with your average performance being nothing short of brilliance. 

On Friday November 22nd, Purple Fish will be donning a new musical identity and giving Pink Floyds “Dark Side Of The Moon” a full performance at The Corn Exchange in Devizes. I’ve not seen this show, but I guarantee they will do the album and stage show justice. 

Sticking my neck on the line, I’m also going to say it’s likely to be a better show than the last tribute at the Corn Exchange, when earlier this year a Led Zepplin tribute came to town and gave us a waltz through their back catalogue. The problem being that the audience were louder than the band. Not in keeping with the loudest band in the world!

Tickets for Dark Side Of The Fish, are priced £15 and available from Devizes books. Money raised from the show will be also be donated to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, with the show being sponsored by estate agent, Martin Walker

Support comes from the incredibly handsome Ben Maggs of Cirencester. A regular soloist in Swindon, I’ve somehow managed to avoid engineering him over the past 6 or 7 years I’ve been working in Swindon. Yet I know he comes with a good reputation. Check out his website page for more information. http://www.benmaggsmusic.co.uk/.


dark side poster

Crammer is 1 + New website


Our inky fingers style, local arts, business and music fanzine CRAMMER is officially 1 this week, with the launch of Crammer 12!

What was originally planned as a bi-monthly rag, turned into a monthly one – It’s been excellent at delivering info about the various venues, nights and clubs in a language far cooler than this blog.


You can pick it up from Devizes Books for the usual price of £0.50p – which includes a free balloon stapled to the front cover.

Features this  month include the Street Festival and Carnival previews, which if we keep this weather up will be the best in recent memory. My review of Devizes Damp Session #1, a run down of what’s hot, the Wharf’s awards, and loads more. Always an excellent read and coffee table cool. 

WHAT’S MORE, is that I’ve purchased back the www.sheermusic.co.ukdomain back, so we save a character in twitter and on posters and it’s easier for average Joe to remember. Professional looking email address will soon follow. (please note, I am aware of the display issues of the side bars, and am currently trying to figure out WordPress to correct it…) 

Remember to follow us all on Twitter: @Sheer_Music 

Thanks to all those who came last night to TAMSIN WHINTON‘s headline show. Apparently you could hear a pin drop for Luke De-Sciscio‘s set, such as he held them audiences attention – impressive stuff being able to shut Wiltshire folk up, well done lad. Corky endeared himself to the Lamb faithful, by dragging the audience upstairs as well. Seemed like an action packed night!

That is all for time being.

News on the grape vine for Sheer Music t-shirts and my first public speech event, more to come. 

As ever, take care + vote with you feet,



Crammer 9 Fanzine available NOW!

Local Luddite and fanzine writer, Chris Palmer – has released issue 9 of the monthly arts, music and business fanzine CRAMMER

Still costing less than a Snickers, this months issue comes with reviews of Antonio Lulic and The Pink Torpedoes shows in Devizes last month, along with a preview of current Wharf Theatre production “Her Naked Skin“, which features one Matthew Corbett.

There’s the usual ranting and raving from various members of the local scene – Ian Hopkins does a nice bit on Long Street Blues Club, and Mark Smallman of Mick Jogger / Rolling Zones gets 10 questions shot at him. 

In fact, I’m rather impressed he manages to find so much to say and talk about the Devizes Music and Arts scene!

Pick it up form Devizes books today, it’s only 50p.

Oh, and here’s a video of The Computers at Sound Knowledge in Marlborough last Tuesdsay

Crammer Fanzine #6 OUT NOW

News, Reviews, What’s On, Your Local Music Scene, Devizes’ Mean Streets? Other Stuff

That pretty much covers what’s going on in the 6th issue of local business, music and arts fanzine CRAMMER. This is a proper fanzine, existing completely outside of the internet, made with passion and dedicated time. Made in the traditional way of block printing / photocopying, which results in inky fingers. If you’re nostalgic for Melody Maker or NME circa 90’s and before, it’s a great read!

Also featured, Long Street Blues Club with Ian Hopkins, review of On Deaf Ears in Market Lavington, a tribute to the Jon Amor Blues Group – a great short story, based on real events from Barney Goodall titled called “Curbing The Violence” and more… 

The magazine costs £0.50p available from the nice ladies at Devizes Books, who you can follow on twitter @jodevizesbooks