MSE – Christmas Busking and Concerts

Hi all,

Our first trip out this year saw us off to a really good start to the season.  Musically, I thought that it was the best overall sound we’d produced in a season opener, with folks playing sensitively and in keeping with the music.  Some of the carols sounded particularly mellow.  We were rewarded with cheers, claps, and some folks even stopped to listen.   Matt tells me that we made £162 in the buckets, so again a good result and especially so given the fact that Douglas is awash this year with everything from massed bands to lone guitarists!

Also – a big thanks go to Jackie and Tracey for turning up to swell the ranks !


We won’t have David or Matt tomorrow (Monday Dec 1st), so we’ll run some sectional stuff and get more familiar with our Christmas tunes to extend the repertoire a little.

This means that the Monday rehearsal on the 8th will be the last before the Glen Maye concert – so please make sure you’re solid on all the current tunes, and we’ll have a playlist run-through.  We’ll need everyone at this rehearsal !  I’ll send out a final playlist (in order) today.


Our Christmas season is actually looking quite busy, and I’m looking forward to it – please review the list below to make sure there are no nasty surprises in store !  ta.

Sat. 6th Dec.   Busking outside Dealz, starting at 2pm.

Sat 13th Dec.  Glen Maye Concert, starts at 7:30pm – Concert Flyer is HERE.

Sun 14th Dec, Busking outside Dealz, starting at 2pm.

Sat 20th Dec.  Christian Ctr. Concert, starts at 7:30pm – Concert Flyer is HERE.

Christmas Busking + Rehearsal Monday December 1st

Hi all,

First off, to confirm our arrangements for Christmas Busking tomorrow (Sat. Nov 27th).

We’ll meet at 2pm outside Dealz in Douglas (we’ve gained prior permission to play there).

Please bring your own stands / music.  I understand Matt will bring the buckets, and I’ll bring some hot choc !  … oh, and don’t forget some pegs just in case the wind gets up.

We’ll play from our standard 4 Easy-Carol sets, plus various other carols we feel confident in playing on the day – such as …. We may do others if we feel up-beat !

Carol of the Bells

In the Bleak Midwinter

Jingle Bell Jump

Polish Carol

Santa Claus is coming to town

Suo Gan

Si Hi Lwli Mabi

I’ve consulted the weather-runes, and it all looks good, so I look forward to seeing you there !

For Monday’s rehearsal Matt and David won’t be able to make it, so we’ll concentrate on some sectional work, and running through any Christmas-season stuff that we want to do, but haven’t covered so far.

If any of our visiting buskers would like to get some group Xmas practice in, please feel free to join in with Monday’s session at Whitestrand !

Cheers Jem

Rehearsals 10/11 and 17/11

Hi all,

As you know, we’re on the home run to our upcoming Christmas season concerts, and of course some busking.

This Monday, I’d like to continue the approach we took last week, namely to play each piece as a ‘concert test’, rather than a practice.  I’ll take notes of any issues, and we can focus on these on November 17th.

The notes I’ve taken on our pieces so far are here >>> Click the Link >>> Performance Notes.

To ensure everyone has the sheet music available, I’ve updated the website repertoire page, so you can download all parts, listen to MIDIs, MP3s etc. as usual.   If there are multiple parts for them your instrument, please print off and bring them with you to rehearsals.

Target tunes for this week will be ….

Standing room only

Mock Joplin

Cool Saints

Carol of The Drum

In the Bleak Midwinter

Jingle Bell Jump

Carol of the Bells

Suo Gan

Polish Lullaby Carol

MSE : Christmas Dates

Hi all,

This is the first of a number of posts this week.  Please read them all carefully so we can make the most of our rehearsal sessions coming up over the next few weeks.

The dates below are now solid, with the exception of the Philip Christian Centre concert, which needs confirmation from the venue holder.

Many thanks, Jem

Christmas Dates

Sat. 29th November 2014 14:00:00 Busking : Granville Street, Dougas 2 hours max.
Sat. 06th December 2014 14:00:00 Busking : Regent Street, Douglas 2 hours max.
Sat. 13th December 2014 19:30:00 Glen Maye Methodist Church
Sun. 14th December 2014 14:00:00 Busking : Howard Street, Douglas 2 hours max.
Sat. 20th December 2014 19:30:00  Phillip Christian Ctr. Peel To be Confirmed