Songwriting retreat will inspire concert on July 28

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A GROUP of eight musicians, mainly from the United States, will be attending a songwriting retreat at a Rutland farmhouse next week.

The group of singer songwriters will get together in Greetham from Tuesday to Saturday and will give a concert at Stamford Arts Centre on Thursday, July 28, with a big-name guest star promised!

Alex Berger of London, whose Snow Globe won Best Story Song at the 10th Independent Music Awards in May this year, with Tom Waits and Seal among the judges, has organised the event which follows a similar one in America last year. His parents’ best friends own the farmhouse where Alex has spent every Christmas since he was born in 1983.

Among others attending will be Garrison Starr from Los Angeles, who can name DJ Bob Harris among her fans, Allie Moss, whose song Corner was used in the recent BT Infinity advert, Jay Stolar, lead singer of band Julius C and Alex Wong, whose works are featured on several film soundtracks including Slumdog Millionaire and who is also a record producer.

The friends are all regulars at the Rockwood Music Hall venue in New York.

Last year’s retreat was in a cabin by the frozen St Lawrence River in Clayton, New York state in an area known as Thousand Islands. It ended with a concert at Clayton Opera House and warranted lengthy coverage in the Watertown Daily Times, a newspaper covering three state counties.

Alex said this week that the special guest at the concert would be a “major label artist more likely to appear at Wembley Stadium than Stamford Arts Centre.”

For the Stamford concert the group describe themselves as: ‘friends from the resurgent New York independent music scene, a multi-faceted group of award-winning signed and independent singer songwriters from New York and London.’

The concert is entitled Bigger Than The Sum and tickets are £15 (£13) - box office 01780 763203.