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    The End of an Amazing Year for Choir Vibe

    July 10, 2019

    It has been an incredible year for choir vibe including:

    2 performances for Lincolnshire Music Service, Spalding Music Centre – at South Holland centre and Parish Church in Spalding.

    Performance at SCMC Christmas show in St Margarets Hall, Quadring

    Spalding Town centre, Christmas celebration

    MFY Regional festival at Boston Haven High Academy.
    (The mentors said – ‘your group sense is really strong, loads of performance and communication, professional attitude, rhythm is tight and steady, easy to see you all feel passionate about singing together’)

    Baytree open day performance for Uptown Records

    Bourne Schools Festival – Welland Park

    We start again once school begins after the holidays and our first session back will be THURSDAY 12 TH SEPTEMBER and we welcome new members so please get in touch if you or your child are interested!

    Community Chorus Presents... The Roaring 20's

    July 10, 2019

    New project: STARTING SEPTEMBER 2019 – ‘COMMUNITY CHORUS’ – JUST £1 PER WEEK!!!

     

    We are thrilled to present a brand new project for 2019 – funded by YOUTH MUSIC and supported by SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

     

    The theme this year is: ‘ THE ROARING 20’S’ – think ‘Ragtime, Charleston, Prohibition, Flapper girls, Art Deco’…and more!!

     

    Participants will learn to play GLOCKENSPIELS….. plus lots of singing, dancing and fun!

     

    TO BOOK A PLACE -  01775841750  OR ADMIN@SCARLETRECORDING.CO.UK

    COPD Vocal Workshop

    June 19, 2019

    Liz will be running a vocal workshop for people suffering with COPD on Thursday 27th June at the Ivo Day Centre on Albion Street in Spalding!

    Singing is a perfect activity for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease because, not only is it fun and has loads of psychological benefits (especially when done as part of a group), but it also helps to improve lung capacity and reduces breathlessness.

    Maddy from Beatsfit looks set to head to Miss Swimsuit UK Finals!

    June 05, 2019

    Beatsfit has proudly sponsored our very own fitness professional, Maddy Leather as she competes in Miss Swimsuit UK.

    After winning 'Miss Social Media' at the Birmingham heats she has been entered as a wild card contestant with an online vote and as we go to press, is currently in the lead with over 3 times as many votes as the current second place!

    If you'd like to vote to send her to the finals in Manchester on September 7th then head to @missswimsuituk on insatgram and like the photo of her before 9pm on Tuesday 11th June (link below)

    Fingers crossed Maddy, we're all rooting for you!

    Beatsfit Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

    May 21, 2019

    There is just no better feeling than when the "quiet ones" get involved!

    What an amazing day jam packed full of Beatsfit sessions yesterday... This has to have been the highlight and we are so happy to have managed to get it on camera.

    Beatsfit uses simple percussion combined with scaleable exercises to promote positive psychological, as well as physical health.

    What's coming up for Scarlet Music Services?

    May 01, 2019

    There's lots coming up for Scarlet Music Services in coming weeks so here's the rundown:

    5th May (THIS SUNDAY) - Choir VIBE will be performing at Baytree Garden Centre

    11th May - Pitched Percussion workshop at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum for Happy Healthy Minds Day (this event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL so please feel free to come along)

    22nd May - BEATSFIT will be spending the morning with the Memory Lane Dementia group and the afternoon with Happy Wednesday Autism Group

    6th June - Choir VIBE will be performing with lots of local schools for the Pre Bourne Festival School Celebration event

    Beatsfit has started and the dates are nearly full

    March 20, 2019

    Well the first week of this year's Beatsfit has kicked off with one session being held with a group comprising of young people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems and the other with older adults living with Alzheimer's and Dementia.

    Beatsfit combines music and fitness to bring you all of the combined physical and psychological benefits of both mediums as well as all the fun and skill building too!

    The ONLY dates still available this academic year are:

    Tuesday 21st May am only

    Thursday 20th June am or pm

    Please contact liz@scarletrecording.co.uk to book your space or call us on 01775 841 750

    (More dates will be made available for September to November so watch this space for more details)

    REMAINING BEATSFIT DATES

    March 14, 2019

    There are still just a few very limited spaces available for those of you who would like to take part in one of our Beatsfit workshops - bringing music and exercise together for all ages and abilities to achieve all different benefits - whether you want to improve your health and fitness, become more sociable, improve your mental health or simply just try something new and innovative, Beatsfit really could be PERFECT for you or your Community Group.

    Available dates:

    Wednesday 24th April am or pm

    Thursday 25th April am only

    Tuesday 21st May am only

    Wednesday 22nd May am or pm

    Wednesday 19th June pm only

    Thursday 20th June am or pm

    Please contact liz@scarletrecording.co.uk to book your space or call us on 01775 841 750

    Don't miss out on a fun filled time (because seriously, what could possibly be more fun than well.. having fun!?)

    Choir Vibe Perform at Music for Youth Regional Festival

    March 13, 2019

    Click the link below to check out these absolutely amazing performances of Ed Sheeran's Shape of You and Sandy Thom's Punk Rocker by Choir Vibe at the Music for Youth Regional Festival (and can we suggest you watch all the way to the very end of Punk Rocker especially because that very final solo line was PERFECT, even if we do say so ourselves).

    We are so proud to be a part of so many different projects that aim to bring music for young people to the forefront of people's minds and to be able to be a part of a movement that has such a profound impact socially, psychologically, for general health and for the community.

    Choir Vibe we love you!

    (P.S - don't forget that ANYBODY aged 8-18 is welcome to join Coir Vibe, no audition is needed, all you have to do is want the opportunity to sing with others - and maybe even to make some new friends along the way)

    Scroll down to view the dates of our next practices and performances :)

    Choir VIBE Upcoming Dates for the Diary

    February 21, 2019

    Choir VIBE has a number of sessions and performances scheduled in the near future. Make sure you have the following, whoever you are - because if you don't fancy singing, you can always come down and show some support from the audience:

    Upcoming choir practice:

    (All take place at the South Holland Centre from 5:30-7pm)

    Thursday 28th February

    Thursday 7th March

    Thursday 14th March

    Thursday 21st March

    Thursday 4th April

    (Recommencing for Summer term on Thrusday 2nd May)

    Upcoming Performances:

    Saturday 9th March - MFY Festival, Boston, Haven Highschool 2-5pm

    Tuesday 12th March - LMS Concert at SHC - 6-8pm

    Beatsfit Workshop Dates Released

    February 20, 2019

    We are delighted to announce that we have received more funding to offer FREE sessions, to community and well-being groups - so please scroll down and check out the dates below, and give us a call or drop an email if you would like to have one of the sessions. 

    Please forward to any groups that you think would be interested – this works really well for any level of ability OR disability, or any special needs.

     

    • Music and exercise combined

    • Suitable for people of all ages and abilities

    • No previous experience needed

    • Qualified, professional trainers

    • All equipment supplied
       

    We have the following dates available for 8 funded taster sessions, FOR FREE, for community and wellbeing groups.  Morning or Afternoon, at best times to suit you.

    Wednesday 20th March 2019 (afternoon only)

    Wednesday 24th April 2019

    Thursday 25th April 2019 (morning only)

    Tuesday 21st May 2019

    Wednesday 22nd May 2019

    Wednesday 19th June 2019 (afternoon only)

    Thursday 20th June 2019

     

    • 60 to 90 minutes session (depending on group) + 30 mins set up/pack down time

    • Maximum 20 participants per workshop  

    • You will need an airy space large enough to accommodate the group  and chairs for disabled participants

    • IT’S EASY; IT’S REALLY GOOD FOR YOU, AND BEST OF ALL – IT’S GREAT FUN!!!!
       

    PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL TO BOOK YOUR SESSION.

    Tel: 01775 841750   Email: liz@scarletrecording.co.uk

    FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!

    Auburn's New Album 'Game of Faith' Release Date Announced

    February 05, 2019

    We are so excited to announce that the new album, Game of Faith, from Auburn has been recorded in Nashville and will be being released on 31st May 2019!  Watch this space for more details! <3

    #ThrowbackThursday

    January 31, 2019

    This little compilation video makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.We were, and continue to be, so incredibly proud of all of our performers, helpers and the backstage crew who took part in Scarlet Community Music Club's Winter Carnival one way or another back in December. Hit the link below to check out the video so that you can relive the show for a couple of minutes, we can't stop watching it!

    Beatsfit is back in business

    January 24, 2019

    We are very excited to announce that we have received funding to run Beatsfit for another year! Beatsfit combines music and exercise together to provide the people of Lincolnshire with one dynamic activity that helps to improve both physical and psychological health. Completely scaleable classes meaning they are suitable for everybody from the olympic athlete and professional musician, right through to those with additional learning or physical needs as well as those with no previous musical experience. So far we have worked with groups including sufferers of COPD, primary aged children, adults with dementia and young people in residential care. We are so excited to find out who we will be working with this year and to get started with you all!

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    Scarlet Community Music Club puts on Press Worthy Performance!

    January 23, 2019

    Scarlet Community Music Club's Christmas Winter Carnival performance went down an absolute storm in December, even attracting the local press and a rave review from Spalding Today! With everything from harpists to African dance included, those of you who couldn't make it really missed out. But don't worry, because as always, we're hoping to put on an equally excellent performance again this year!

    New project! Music Club at Quadring 2018! - African Drumming

    September 28, 2019

    Kids' music workshops, 5 - 12 years.

    Young music leader training, 13 - 18 years.

     

    Just £1 per child per week.

    Performance date: Saturday 22nd December 2018

     

    BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

    admin@scarletrecording.co.uk

    01775841750

    mwe3.com presents an interview with Liz Lenten of AUBURN

    January 17, 2018

    mwe3: Where are you from originally and where do you live now and what do you like best about it? 

    Liz Lenten: I am a bit of a mongrel! My family originates from Eastern Europe, and lived in Manchester. I was born and brought up in Leicester, and now, after a decade in London, live in the wilds of Lincolnshire, in the center of England in a tiny, very rural village! I love living here... it’s so peaceful and beautiful. It’s flatlands, and you can see for miles. I also have a holiday home in Sitia, Eastern Crete, Greece, half way up a mountain, in the middle of a traditional village, which is my little piece of paradise and where I do most of my songwriting.

    mwe3: Tell us about growing up in England and who your biggest musical influences were and what made you want to become a recording artist and composer? 

    Liz Lenten: I grew up listening to my parent’s records… Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis, lots of country, jazz and any style of female singers. I guess Bonnie Raitt and Dolly made me want to write my own songs. I just loved the stories but also listening to Kate Bush, Dusty Springfield, Joan Armatrading, Karen Dalton… and also Melissa Etheridge, Patsy Cline, Debbie Harry, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark and so many others. I just always wanted to make records and tell my own stories. I wasn’t really into ‘pop’ music at the time, my friends all thought I had awful taste in music, but I just liked the older stuff and story songs! 

    mwe3: What instruments did you study?

    Liz Lenten: I studied voice up to grade 8, piano to grade 5 and play the guitar, which my Dad taught me when I was 4! He was a doctor, but a good musician, also a songwriter. I arranged and sang one of his songs on my Nashville album a few years ago. He had written it for my Mum in the 1960’s when they were first together! 

    mwe3: What inspires you to write a great song and, in your songs, does music come first or do lyrics come first?

    Liz Lenten: When I am writing there is no set method. Sometimes it’s the lyrics and melody, they do tend to come together, and sometimes it’s a chord sequence or just a groove. I teach composition and song writing but I don’t write like a teach! How do you say to kids, ‘just pick up a guitar and let your feelings out?' That’s not going to work, so I use a structure for teaching, or if I have a commission for a choir or whatever, but when I write myself I just lose myself in ideas and see what flows. I record all ideas onto my phone, so handy!

    mwe3: Tell us about the recently released Auburn album Love & Promises. Do you feel it’s the best album you’ve made so far and how would you compare it with the other Auburn album releases? 

    Liz Lenten: Well, I think we always think our latest work is the best. I am very pleased with how the album came out. I do think it’s some of my best work so far. I really enjoy working with Thomm Jutz, the producer and guitarist, in Nashville where I have recorded my last 3 albums. I just feel totally at ease with him and he brings out the best in my songs, always tasteful and subtle. He just seems to pick out the best bits and keeps my original vibe and mood and he juts lets me focus on telling my stories. I think it’s a natural progression from my previous albums… I hope they are improving anyway!

    mwe3: What was it like recording in Nashville with Thomm and did being in Music City influence your sound?

    Liz Lenten: Yes, he and Nashville did influence the sound of my songs. There is a real ‘sound’ that you can’t articulate but just sounds like Nashville and nowhere else. I absolutely love working with Thomm and his team of amazing players… he just gets me perfectly. I never need to explain what I am thinking… he just hears it. He is an amazing technician but then drops down a solo or a guitar part that makes you melt on the spot. I can’t believe I get to work with so much talent, but I do and it’s amazing!

    mwe3: How many albums have you made with Thomm and how different are your albums from each other?

    Liz Lenten: I have made 3 albums with Thomm now. The first one, Nashville sort of started the sound… picking out the Americana influences but still keeping my Englishness. Then Mixed Feelings, which was one of my favorite experiences as I was really happy with the songs. We had so many to choose from, and I felt it developed my / Auburn sound even more. And Love & Promises was just so easy to record. We did the whole thing in 30 hours! No rushing, it just flowed so easily. I think all my albums are similar… in that it’s always a collection of always emotional, often miserable and occasionally slightly more cheerful but most are stories rather than statements. 

    But, I hope that my writing is progressing with each one and each album has a theme to the collection of songs, so an overall outlook. I don’t think it really matters what I think… the listener always forms their own opinion on what a song is about anyway! That’s all part of the fun. I love it when people tell me that my song means a lot to them and then find out that they have a totally different take on it. Even though I sometimes feel that my heart is totally on my sleeve and I have left myself wide open to anything. It’s just always lovely when anyone relates to what you are singing / writing about and gets it in their own way!

    mwe3: What are your impressions of Nashville and the US in general? Have you been to the bigger cities and towns in the US? NYC or L.A.? Compared to England the US is hard to get around.

    Liz Lenten: I absolutely love Nashville! The music in every pore of the place. I’d move there in a heartbeat! I have family in US in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, so have made many trips to see them and spent time. I love the country, especially New York… amazing vibrant place, such a buzz to be there, always. Almost all the people I have met in my travels to US have been warm and friendly and welcoming, much friendlier than the average Brit!

    mwe3: How did you put the band together with Thomm Jutz? Seems like a lot of artists are heading to Nashville to make records.

    Liz Lenten: I can fully understand why people head over the Nashville to make albums... it’s such a wonderful way to work. For a start, there are no interruptions. I have a studio at home and an office in my house, so there is never any lack of distraction or people ‘needing’ my attention, so one of the best things for me is that I can go and forget everything, and just focus on making my records. I was introduced to Thomm by the lovely Gretchen Peters. Her husband Barry played on my first two albums there, who thought he would be just right for my music, and she was spot on. I spoke to Thomm, then sent him some of my song demos. Luckily, he liked the songs and he chose the musicians to play on the album, based on our chats. 

    mwe3: What kind of guitars is Thomm playing and what about your guitars? Do you have a favorite guitar or other instrument?

    Liz Lenten: I don’t know what guitars he uses... he has loads, and pedals and all that shit, but whatever he plays it sounds gorgeous. I don’t play guitar on the recordings, although I play live with my band when I tour, but Thomm is such an amazing guitarist there is no way I would play in the studio when he is there, he’s just the best!

    I have a few guitars... all acoustic and do most of my writing on a vintage Martin guitar, named Rosie, that I scrounged, borrowed, bought, stole from my lovely live sound engineer Justin. I just feel so connected to the instrument… that he can’t have her back! He is welcome to visit though and play her whenever he likes! I also have an Ovation superstar that I tend to use for rhythm work and a Martin Traveler mini guitar that I take to Crete with me. I have a little pignose electric guitar that’s fun to play, but I don’t usually use electric. I pick a lot and strum with my thumb and fingers. No plectrum, so my style of playing isn’t really suited to electric.

    mwe3: The first track “Asleep” starts things off in a hushed manner plus you have a quote from Dr. Seuss who says love is better than dreaming. Is the track autobiographical? Speaking of love you have other quotes about love in the CD booklet from Joan Crawford who compares love to a fire that could warm your hearth or burn down your house… There’s quite a wide range of love’s side effects in your music too.

    Liz Lenten: Okay… the Love & Promises album is all about just living for the moment. The last few years have been pretty crazy for me, for lots of personal reasons, and one huge thing I had to take on was changes and trauma, so whilst a lot of my songs… well most… stem from my personal feelings and experiences. It’s not totally autobiographical… it just starts out that way, then I let poetic license take it away. Some of the songs are very close to reality, but many are not at all. I also tend to write about the feelings and comments made by my friends too, so… be careful what you tell me... it could end up all twisted in a song! 

    I do like quotes about love, and particularly the way that everyone has a different take on what love really is about. All my songs are about love in one way or another I suppose… often the down side to falling in love, or the end of a love affair, or the love of your family and friends, or the love of a place or time or just a feeling, and of course sad times and difficult or heartbreaking situations are great to get those feelings out. But, I am also a real romantic and do believe in the whole ‘head over heels thing’ too. I just find that writing the sad songs makes me feel happy!

    mwe3: “In My Blood” is another love song. Does it speak about blind devotion to love? Is blind love the best kind of love? 

    Liz Lenten: It’s more about having no control over your feelings… it’s literally part of you. I doubt that blind love is best kind of love. Eyes open are what is probably needed but new relationships are often blind!

    mwe3: The title track “Love & Promises” is one of the best songs on the CD. What inspired that track? Is that kind of love harder to find these days? 

    Liz Lenten: I suppose it was inspired by a complete lack of faith in traditional relationships… so it’s all about just going with the feelings that you have at the time and saying, ‘I don’t need love and promises’ . Just all the other stuff…although of course I do really, everyone does…it was just how I felt then. I’m really pleased you liked the track. It is one of my favorite songs. We have shot a really arty video for the track, hoping to get that out soon… just a few edits to complete it!

    mwe3: “Miss You Blues” is a slow bluesy track that speaks of a lack of love. Did you write the track first hand or were you writing about someone you know? Is it tongue in cheek or is it a serious track?

    Liz Lenten: It is a bit tongue in cheek in terms of style. I just wanted to make it really ‘dirty ‘bar room blues! It was about someone I know that I was missing at the time, yes.

    mwe3: Is “Wanda” a kind of satirical imaginary woman that no man can attain? It’s got a very interesting melody to match it with several breaks on a slide guitar? Although you lay it out at the end! 

    Liz Lenten: Yes, kind of… Its about being / having that dream woman, that every guy wants / wants you to be, a long way from reality or responsibility, or work, or commitment. But of course she’s not real, and if she was she wouldn’t really be that perfect dream woman... she would have needs and feelings too!! I do absolutely love the musicians take on my weird chords and melody, particularly love the keys on this and of course the amazing slide guitar. The band got it straight away.

    mwe3: “Cross The Deep Atlantic” is a very romantic song. Tell us about your singing partner on the song. It’s very English in a way. How did the duet happen?

    Liz Lenten: The male vocals are sang by a friend of mine from Texas, Chet O Keefe. Thomm produced some of his records and as soon as I heard his voice, I wanted to sing with him. We hooked up on Skype and chatted, and then I wrote the song, based on our long-distance friendship, which wasn’t ever a relationship! Just my little fantasy of what a long-distance relationship would be like. I hear it almost as a nursery rhyme. It’s simple and sweet. And Justin Moses added such gorgeous tones with the dobro. I love the way Chet sings it. His voice is like velvet! 

    Chet came over to the UK last year and we toured, just the two of us and two guitars, doing alternate songs of Chet’s and mine. It was a blast and the UK loved Chet too. I always embarrassed him at the gigs telling him I wrote the song about him, then following it with my ‘stalker song’ “Hell Hath No Fury”, from Mixed Feelings… and used to pretend that was about him too. He’s a lovely fella, you should check out his music, he’s a wonderful songwriter too. I put out his last CD on my label. We hope to do some more work together at some point.

    mwe3: Is “Safety Net” written about the musician or the circus acrobat? 

    Liz Lenten: It is really about life, and trying to keep yourself steady and safe in an unsecure situation. The circus stuff is just a metaphor.

    mwe3: “Ivory Moon” has a nice hooky chorus. Does the hook come to you after you write the verses? I like the connection between the ivory moon and someone smiling. I never saw it that way!

    Liz Lenten: Ah, thanks so much. The song is about my son. It is absolutely real, every word. He has the most wonderful smile that always makes me feel better whatever the situation and I always feel lost and like I hit the ground hard when he isn’t here. He hates the songs I write about him… refuses to listen to them! (Ha ha). In English slang, teeth are called ‘the old ivories’… like piano keys, so that’s what made me think of a huge smile as an ivory moon. This song literally wrote itself. It just came out. I couldn’t write it down as quickly as I was thinking of it… melody, lyrics, everything, just rolled out once I had the first verse. The Nashville band thought it was a bit of an epic, so much longer than the usual 3 minutes!

    mwe3: “Stupid Game” is either very dramatic or ironic comedy about relationships. I understand that love is a game. Life sometimes guides our choice of partners or lack thereof. I wonder if the internet has made it easier or harder to be human.

    Liz Lenten: I think the internet has made it much harder, full stop. Social media is one great big game. I hate it. It’s all front and no trousers! Love is also a game. Fun to play when it’s going well and a nightmare when things start to go wrong. It’s just that sinking feeling when you start to feel like you have been had and maybe not everyone is being totally straight with you… stupid games.

    mwe3: Tell us about writing “If Everyone Was Listening” with Mark “Gus” Gustavina. It sounds like you were going for a specific pop-rock sound on that track, at least compared to some of the other songs. What do you look for in a songwriting partner and will you be doing other songs with Gus in the future? What are some of the key lyrics as I don’t think the lyrics for this track were printed in the booklet.

    Liz Lenten: I have written with Gus, my UK guitarist and co-writer, on and off for over 20 years. The only reason we don’t write so much together now is both having a lack of time to get together and I am writing all the time on my own, so have so many songs. Gus is one of my favorite and most trusted musicians and friends. He came over to mine the night before I went to Thomm's to record L & P, just to go through the songs with me and give me his feedback and any ideas. Everything he says is relevant. Anyway, we started to jam and wrote ‘If Everyone Was Listening’ at the end of the evening, after watching the news! 

    I played it off my phone, half finished, to Thomm, who loved it and said we had to record it! So, I finished the lyrics in the studio, and we just let the feel evolve. It is probably one of the most ‘pop’ sounding songs I have… but I love it. Its powerful… and again just simple message. There are quite a few of our co-writes on previous albums and we do intend to write more together next tear. When I write with someone, I just need them to be relaxed and jam around a groove. That always makes an idea spring forward and then we just refine it. I love writing with Gus. The only reason that the lyrics aren’t on the CD artwork is because of a print error, we genuinely don’t know how they disappeared! 

    mwe3: Is “Tell Me” is another song about the realities of relationships? You wouldn’t think relationships could be so complex! It’s quite a sobering song. Is it autobiographical?

    Liz Lenten: Okay… yes, it is autobiographical. I am still confused and don’t understand any of it! And yes, it would be really nice if people communicated with each other and actually told them what they are thinking, before it’s too late. But I guess that’s just life. Relationships are hard, so many conflicting thoughts, particularly at the end of a very long one. 

    mwe3: Is “State Of Grace” anything to do with religion? The song is really coming from a unique direction. What do you make of it? It sounds like the song is coming right through you. Is song writing being in a state of grace? Sometimes I wonder…

    Liz Lenten: No, not religious and having God's approval as such… It’s more about forgiving yourself, and the God within us all and allowing yourself to go with your own feelings, living in the moment, etc. etc…

    You’ve probably gathered by now that my life was in a state of change when I wrote this album and I just wanted to allow myself to live in the present and stop trying to understand why things happen… or don’t!

    mwe3: I know your mum just passed away. Is that like rite of passage of sorts? Tell us about your mother and did she connect with your music?

    Liz Lenten: My Mum was my rock. My heroine. My best friend. My style icon. My advisor. My role model. She loved us all unconditionally. She encouraged my every single day. She always loved music, although she was a dancer, couldn’t sing to save her life, (lol), but she loved music and there was always live music in the house as I grew up… bands, sing songs, my dad played piano and loads of other instruments, parties, gigs… always musicians around and performing was a totally natural thing. She supported my musical ambitions always, right down to selling her jewelry to pay for recording time. 

    I wrote a song on the Indian Summer album called “All Comes Back To You”. It’s about my Mum… whilst she was in hospital having a hip replacement! There is a line in it that says, ‘you sold your rings, and I know other things, to make sure I got what I needed’… And someone asked me if she had been a hooker! When I told her that, she was a proud as punch to think that someone would pay her to sleep with them! She was always laughing and she came to virtually every live gig I ever played, even over the last three years when she has been in a wheelchair, heavily paralyzed after a severe stroke. She never missed a show that she could get to somehow.

    She played music all the time when I was young, and that’s what drew me in to love it so much. I will never stop missing her. To be honest, I still can’t quite get my head round the fact that she has gone. She was kind to everyone she met, really, so generous, and quite reserved. She hated it when I would hug and kiss her all the time! She never really understood why we all adored her I don’t think, particularly the last few years of her life, she couldn’t get why everyone was so kind to her. I explained that you reap what you sow and she sowed nothing but goodness. I have dozens of songs about her in my head. When I grow up, I want to be just like her. 

    mwe3: Tell us about Scarlet Records and how many albums do you have out. You did such a great job on the CD sound and packaging. It’s a shame to lose that with the download craze still in full swing. 

    Liz Lenten: So pleased you liked the packaging. It was designed by my nephew Seb Lenten, who used the project as his final university module. He got a 2:1! I was very proud of him. He’s a talented lad. We spent a lot of time talking about the songs and the moods and the colors and the quotes and the message and the style. We included the lyrics as so many people had asked before if I would include a lyric booklet next time. I am very pleased with how it came out. I think he did a wonderful job.

    I have put out loads of records on Scarlet – from Auburn, to The Popes, Shane MacGowan’s live band… to Eliza Carthy, a national treasure of the English folk world and who I have managed for the last 10 years, and loads of other new artists, whose music I like, such as the wonderful N.Y. singer/songwriter Galia Arad and Chet O Keefe, who I wanted to help launch in the UK. It’s just a small label really, to springboard stuff, and I agree, it’s a shame that hard copy has been taken over by downloads but it’s something I enjoy… working with other artists, so I will probably continue releasing stuff anyway!

    mwe3: I had been listening to the Love & Promises album for a while so I’m glad we were able to do the interview. So what’s coming down the road for you musically and label wise?

    Liz Lenten: I really appreciate your support. I have been writing new material over the last year and intend to go back to Thomm in Nashville in 2018 to record a new CD. It will probably have a slightly different feel to the last 3… more organic and acoustic, but hopefully still with that lovely Nashville vibe and Thomm’s gorgeous playing and production. These songs are all pretty personal, so I want to spend a little more time writing before choosing tracks. I like to take about 20 or so with me, then we can find a playlist that really works together.

    I am also touring live in the UK in February 2018, with my good friends from L.A. - Live Dead 69. Auburn Acoustic is a 3 or 4 piece, myself on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Gus on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Jevon Beaumont, who is also Arthur Brown’s musical director, on bass and backing vocals and maybe one of my lovely backing singers. We like to keep it small and intimate and powerful. I can’t wait, singing live is the best bit of the whole process!

    http://www.mwe3.com/reviews/Auburn2017/

    TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEARS SCMC SHOW – THE FISHERMAN & THE GENIE.

    October 31, 2017

    £2 adults/£ 1 children/concessions – available from SCMC /St Margaret’s Hall, Quadring on Saturdays from 10.30 – 12 midday from Sat 14th November, and on the door , on the day.

    Vocal Workshop Day

    September 26, 2017

    Vocal Workshop Day on Sunday 15th October

    To book email info@soundlincs.org or call 01522 510073.

    New FREE music workshops, for Adults, Thursday mornings in Spalding, starting 7th September – everyone welcome – see flyer for details!

    August 22, 2017

    BEATSFIT

    May 18, 2017

    We have just completed our BEATSFIT pilot project, working with lots of different groups in South Holland area.   

     

    It was lots of fun!  See clips and info in the links below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpRp8vJFbo0&feature=youtu.be

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPLcj_Eag0k&feature=youtu.be

    Cool Nashville Review

    July 25, 2016

    That Liz Lenten and Auburn are not better known is something that is beginning to irk me the more I hear their records! Liz has a unique vocal style and that, it must be admitted, is a 'double edged sword' but the consistent quality of the bands songs and albums really should have transferred into a loyal fan base by now...

    With her whispery, breathless and sometimes 'baby doll' voice, Liz sounds like no-one else ( the nearest I can think of being Ambrosia Parsley of 'Shivaree') and that makes every Auburn album sound like a 'personal note from a friend'. 'Nashville' is a great, relaxing and reflective album with ( as the title suggests) more than a hint of slide guitar and Americana in its grooves. This said, 'Let's Start Over' has a 'Motown' feel and 'Crazy People' is a fun, boppy tune with lyrics to make you smile...

    As reflective as Auburn get,(the intriguing 'Leaving Day', the jazzy, slightly bossa-nova'ish opener, 'Sitia Bay', 'Hurting' and the 'smokey' closer, 'I'm Lost') their songs never seem to have the intention of 'dragging you down with them'. Instead, while you feel the song and can relate to the characters Liz's voice acts as 'the friendly arm around your shoulders' and makes you feel comforted.

    As usual, there is very little here that would make a good single (possibly the reason the band are not better known) but 'Maybe Tonight' is probably the closest to commercial Auburn ever get with its 'hooky' title line.. With some delicious guitar work throughout, plenty of musical variety along the way (its not all slide guitar Country) and the fact that, like a lot of the groups albums, the set reveals hidden depths the more you play it, 'Nashville' is another sure-fire winner from Liz and the band.

    Go on! Take a chance - BUY THIS!

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