Ahead if this weekends NEC The Homebuilding, Renovating and Home Improvement Show 27th to 30th March we speak with Piers Taylor, Chartered Architect, a former Studio master at the Architectural Association, Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a founding director at Mitchell Taylor Workshop and a co-presenter of hit BBC2 series The House that £100K Built.
Piers Taylor also founded Invisible Studio an innovative award winning architectural practice. It aims to be a different organisation from a conventional practice. Their work encompasses a number of seminal buildings from ecologically sensitive self builds through to schools, public buildings and large scale urban environments, which have won a plethora of awards and been published widely and internationally. Much of their work is low cost and they believe passionately that design is not a luxury add on, but a process by which the most is extracted from the least through intelligent and clever thinking. They have particular expertise with timber, and have close relationships with the UK’s leading timber engineers and scientists.
Michael Holmes (Editor-in-Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine)
Will also be presenting at this weekends event – “The allocation of a £150m fund in the budget to develop a scheme to give custom builders a right to a plot from councils, will be welcomed by those who want to build an individually designed home but cannot find a building plot,” says Michael Holmes of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.
The event is on all weekend at – NEC, Birmingham, www.homebuildingshow.co.uk
Sam Kemp talks about the Coventry Festival Band’s upcoming performance at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry as a part of Brassed Off.
Sam Kemp: @samanthakemp on Twitter
Merrymouth are a three piece folk-orientated band featuring Ocean Colour Scene songwriter and vocalist Simon Fowler (guitar/vocals), Dan Sealey (guitar/piano/vocals) & Adam Barry (piano/organ/vocals).
Lending their decades of first class musicianship, Merrymouth were joined in the studio by multi award winning folk musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting in 2012 to perform on their critically acclaimed debut album, the self titled, ‘Merrymouth’. They toured the album throughout 2012 and 2013, including performances at both BBC Radio 2’s CarFest’s, The Mosely Folk Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
After signing to Navigator Records, 2014 will see the band return with their second album, “Wenlock Hill”, a collection of new songs, which once again features John McCusker (Violin), a special guest appearance from Chas Hodges (Piano) of Chas & Dave, Catherine Harper (Cello), Andy Derrick (Trombone), Hugh Thomas (Clarinet), Anthony Jones (Muted Trumpet) and Nick Lyndon (Double Bass) along with a full UK and Ireland tour to support the release throughout the Spring and Autumn.
Tracklisitng: All songs are written by Fowler, unless stated.
1. Wenlock Hill
2. Salt Breeze
3. Blink Of An Eye (Sealey)
4. Without You
5. I Am The Resurrection (Ian Brown and John Squire)
6. That Man
7. Teashop Serande
8. Duchess (The Stranglers)
9. He Was A Friend Of Mine (Trad, new words and arrangement Jim McGuinn, additional lyrics by Fowler/Sealey/Barry)
10. If You Follow
11. The Ragged Spiral (Fowler/Sealey)
The lyrics to the song He Was A Friend Of Mine are adapted by the band (Fowler/Sealey/Barry) to be about the killing of John Lennon
For more information visit: www.merrymouth.net
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