Mark Holden from Less is More singing

Station Inn Annual Rock-Jam 2017 – Live Music Photography

Mark Holden from Less is More singing
Mark Holden – Less is More

I came across this in the drafts folder and thought that it was about time that I published it – only one year late.  The 2017 Station Inn, Andover, annual Rock-Jam took place on the 7th January.

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It was organised by Mark Holden of Band ‘Less is More’ and the staff of the Station Inn.  It is a great opportunity for the members of local bands to get together for an evening of live ‘covers’ performances and to socialise with members of bands that they may seldom, if ever, see or get to meet.

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Mark organises a set-list and then identifies performers to put together a workable band.  He has a rule that no more than 3 members of a single band can perform together at any one time (although this tends to get broken as the evening leads to more and more performers joining each set with everyone on stage at the end).

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The rule ensures an edge to the performance that would not normally be there and also that no single band features unduly.

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As the evening wears on and the drinks flow the atmosphere is, as always, electric, exciting and full of meetings with new people and new bands.  For me the event had always been unmissable and set the New Year off to a positive start.

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More images from this event can be found here, images from previous events from my collection are here.

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Bands this year included ‘One in the Chamber’, ‘Nailed’, ‘Less is More’, ‘Reload’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Sketches of Sound’, ‘Reluctant Sons’, ‘Stonepig’ and ‘Common Ground’ among others.

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Lexi Meads – Musician/songwriter – birthday shoot – repost

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Lexi is a north Hampshire based musician and songwriter who was offered a photo-shoot for a ‘significant’ birthday. We decided to shoot in the woods close to Andover (The beautiful and historic Harewood forest). They are deep and dark, reasonably accessible and have a history of their own.

As access was on foot and would be in deep shade I took minimum kit along with my cameras, one flash, light-stand, shoot-through umbrella and reflector.

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I had already made a reconnaissance trip and so we were able to move directly from location to location. However I kept my eyes open for possibilities and we made a couple of additional stops as ideas were brewed up between Lexi and me.

While I did my bit Lexi played; mostly her own music but she also played the battle of the banjos theme a couple of times.

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The combination of great playing, pure notes and the oppressive heat, stillness and dark of the woods made for a really memorable shoot (even if I did look over my shoulder once or twice).

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