Music from the Sofa is leaving the house again and will be playing at St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston, East Sussex on Saturday, August 15th from 8pm. £3 on the door. The band is run by Nigel Goss, composer of the original ‘Music for Ice Cream Chimes’ ( ). The band features three female singers – Jane Richards, Jacqui Gough, Debbie Moy, drummer Sal Martin, flautist Jasmine Selby, saxophonist Evelyn Harrison and Nigel on keyboards. We use session bass players when we can book them. In the meantime Mr Ipodbass is becoming increasingly busy for us. The band has done more gigs in the last year than ever before and we are looking for ‘proper’ gigs but it is difficult as very few people have heard of us. It seems that the only way to play regularly is to find suitable spaces, set up and perform. We are fortunate that the Vicar of Alfriston, The Reverend Daniel Merceron, himself a musician, has agreed to let us perform in his beautiful church known as The Cathedral of The South Downs and we hope people will come and hear us. The songs have been performed live more recently after a several years of demo recordings but nothing so far is released commercially, though this will be happening. Some demo tracks are on the website The latest recordings are on Sound Cloud The band also does re-imagined covers with a jazz leaning – The Who’s ‘Can’t Explain’ as a jazz ballad is one of our favourites. The genre is jazz/folk we think. It is difficult for musicians to identify their own genre sometimes but Nigel’s influences include Steely Dan; Fairport Convention; Oregon; David Byrne, Bruce Hornsby; Keith Jarrett; Charlie Mingus; Django Bates, Miles Davis; Cole Porter; Siobhan Fahey; Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Joni Mitchell; Carol King; Vaughn Williams; Nelson Riddle; Jerry Goldsmith; Frank Zappa, Steve Reich. The music has good tunes, jazz chords with three part harmony, lively drumming and both ‘through’ composed and improvised instrumental parts. There is a folk influence in that the songs are quite often modal the lyrics have a tales to tell of loss, love and laziness.

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