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Sheer Music brings you a weekly podcast featuring special guests and tunes from artists in the West of England and beyond with music news, gig dates and more. Hosted by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

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Sheer Music brings you a weekly podcast featuring special guests and tunes from artists in the West of England and beyond with music news, gig dates and more. Hosted by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

    Sheer Isolation 79 - Dominic Bailey-Clay (Nine Volt Leap)

    Sheer Isolation 79 - Dominic Bailey-Clay (Nine Volt Leap)

    We're joined on this week's Sheer Isolation by the owner of the Nine Volt Leap recording studio in Melksham; Dominic Bailey-Clay.

    His small team of friends created the town centre studio space from nothing, and he's now dealing with a steady stream of recording jobs from local and national artists alike.

    Dominic tells us about the early days of their makeshift recording set-ups and questionable neighbours, some of his recording highlights, and talks about the band's he's been working with recently.

    One of those bands is Bath based Byker Grove Fan Club - we play one of their tracks in the show. We also play a lively pub recording from 2013 of upbeat Swindon folk trio, Grubby Jack. We play this as a tribute to band member Levi Saunders who sadly passed away this week.

    In news, Kieran announces a hefty Government grant for a venue in the centre of Trowbridge.

    This episode was created by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

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    Sheer Isolation 78 - Florence Espeut-Nickless

    Sheer Isolation 78 - Florence Espeut-Nickless

    On this week's Sheer Isolation we're joined by actor, stage performer and writer, Flo Espeut-Nickless.

    Her one-woman show, Destiny, is a semi-autobiographical take of growing up on a Chippenham council estate.

    She created the show to dispel the stereotype that everyone in Wiltshire is wealthy and well spoken.

    She's now in talks to adapt Destiny for TV, while also rehearsing for a festive play, Miracle on 34 Seymour Street, which you can see in Trowbridge over Christmas.

    We play a track from Gavin Osborn; previous Sheer Isolation guest and is working with Flo on her next project.

    Our other tune is from Wells duo, The Portraits, who spotted that a High Street chain's Christmas ad uses a melody very similar to something they created last year.

    In news, Kieran talks about a band member from Oasis playing in Wiltshire, and Jon covers the latest news to revitalise Swindon's Oasis Centre.

    This episode was created by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

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    Sheer Isolation 77 - Julian Jones (Swindon Hub)

    Sheer Isolation 77 - Julian Jones (Swindon Hub)

    A new community centre has recently opened in the centre of Swindon.

    Our guest this week is Julian Jones who is part of the Swindon Hub project.

    The site, which took over the derelict River Island store last month includes a café, exhibition space, workshop areas and a venue hall. Organisers are already planning events including theatre shows, guest speakers and community advice for reducing our bills and carbon footprints.

    With Swindon's town centre not looking its best in recent years due to so many retail outlets closing, it's hoped the Swindon Hub will help buck this trend.

    This week's musical choices are from the melodic Bristol/Norway group Ålesund, and we play a bit of classic indie from Swindon's own Viduals.

    This episode was created by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

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    Sheer Isolation 76 - Tim Orchard (Purr Records)

    Sheer Isolation 76 - Tim Orchard (Purr Records)

    This week's Sheer Isolation is a fascinating listen for anyone wanting to get into music promotion.

    We're joined by Tim Orchard from Purr Records - a Bath based promotion and record label during the 2000s.

    Tim talks about how he first got into music nights at Moles Club in the centre of Bath, how he introduced foreign bands onto the UK scene, and some of the lessons learnt along the way about getting the best out of your bookings.

    On the music menu we play a track from one of Purr's discoveries - Pete & The Pirates. We also play a tune from Tenderlore who are performing in Trowbridge this week.

    In news we pick up on last week's awareness campaign in Bristol to highlight the spiking of drinks in nightclubs.

    This episode was created by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

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    Sheer Isolation 75 - Rosie Upton

    Sheer Isolation 75 - Rosie Upton

    To mark the week when The Village Pump in Trowbridge re-opens for live events, we talk to local folk singer and one of the Pump's restoration volunteers, Rosie Upton, who's been a key player in the success of the venue for five decades.

    She tells us what the folk club was like in the seventies, how it was reborn nearly 20 years ago, and how the Pump is diversifying to include a wider range of musical styles, while keeping live folk and acoustic performance at it's core.

    Our tunes this week include Wiltshire's very own Fly Yeti Fly, who are launching a new album in December, and Rosie picks two of her favourite folk club attendees; Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter.

    In the news, we discuss the skills shortage that's currently affecting the music industry, with many touring crews and stage productions struggling to find the right staff after the usual teams were forced to find alternative jobs during lockdown.

    This episode was created by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

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    Sheer Isolation 74 - Sumita Majumdar

    Sheer Isolation 74 - Sumita Majumdar

    Living with autism can be frustrating for yourself and the people around you, especially when young children are involved.

    This week's guest has played a crucial role in increasing understanding and tolerance of autistic behaviours in schools across the UK.

    Swindon artist, Sumita Majumdar, is part of the team behind Pablo; a CBeebies series where the lead character shows how his inner-world manifests into real-life behaviour.

    Sumita has gone on to research autistic traits and coping mechanisms further, and is hoping to create new interactive projects which will allow more people to see things from an autistic perspective.

    Our tracks are provided by Gloucestershire's Chloe Foy, who is currently touring the West's venues, and Sumita picks a tune by another promoter of autism awareness; Donna Williams.

    We also talk about how more venues are bringing back regular music nights, and the confusion over different Covid passport requirements between Cardiff and Bristol's nightclubs.

    This episode was created by Kieran Moore in Trowbridge and Jon Ponting in Cricklade.

    • 28 min

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