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There’s nothing we like more than hearing about new promoters, particularly those who are going out on a limb and doing something a bit different.

Auntie Joy are ticking all our boxes with their debut event on Saturday 18th September taking place in the old village of Ryton near Gateshead, described as a short series of multi-media events organised by local enthusiasts NofC and TQ. “The intention through the course of the series is to develop opportunities to appreciate music, art, workshops, dance, poetry, film and more – with the values of performer diversity and inclusivity being encouraged.” They explain.

Designed to be “experimental, DIY, unusual, fun, free-form, challenging and suitable for all ages, interests and abilities” the inaugural event will kick off at midday with a two-hour continuous performance on Holy Cross Church’s bells by Church Bell Ringers, an improvisational performance courtesy of Paul Taylor on the church organ, piano and synths, unique looping vocals from Pinnel and clouds of looped sound and waves of deep drones from Mobius.

From 3pm at Ye Olde Cross pub, attendees are invited to participate in a guided music and sound creation opportunity led by renowned jazz bassist and improviser John Pope. Those who wish to join in the workshop should bring their instrument (or just their voice), and anyone who wants to just observe is also welcome.

Auntie Joy presents Church Bell Ringers, Paul Taylor, Pinnel, Mobius and a workshop from John Pope at Holy Cross Church and Ye Olde Cross, Ryton on Saturday 18th September

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