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Alan Tomlinson’s sewer solo – (highlights) AS SEEN ON TV!

The Shed at 20 – BBC Radio 3

John Walpole and Gail Brand - Shed Builder - The Shed at 20 on BBC Radio 3

Shed Builder: Gail Brand, John Walpole (Concept: Simon Thackray) Photo: Kippa Matthews

The Shed at 20

BBC Radio 3 – Jazz on 3, Monday 8 October

A piece about The Shed at 20 with interviews recorded on the banks of Bob’s Pond (scene of the Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race) and The Shed (in Brawby village hall) with creator Simon Thackray and audience members. Includes recordings from The Shed archive of Bob Cobbing and some of Simon’s most memorable events: Mrs Boyes’ Bingo featuring Mark Sanders, Lol Coxhill in a skip and Sebastian Rochford’s Van Gig.

Includes the world premiere of ‘Shed Builder’, a new improvised art event by Simon Thackray featuring Gail Brand on trombone and John Walpole on welder, scaling hammer and pillar drill. ‘Shed Builder’ was recorded live – in one take – in Rye Valley Works, Brawby (fabrication shed of agricultural engineers J. Thackray & Sons Limited) where Simon Thackray made farm buildings in a former life.

For the past 20 years, The Shed, near the market town of Malton, has been responsible for some of the smallest and most inspired art events in the country.Alfred Hickling, Guardian

More about Simon Thackray and his special projects here:

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Michael Marra 1952 – 2012

One of the all-time greats and ‘a best kept secret’ died in October.

Here is a short video of Michael singing “Muggie Shaw” at The Shed November 2010. We invite you to support Michael’s chosen charity, Sistema Scotland.

In the 1970s in Venezuela, Maestro José Antonio Abreu began running music lessons for a handful of children.  Today “El Sistema”  involves 300,000 children in centres across the South American country.

In the summer of 2008 the charity Sistema Scotland established its Big Noise orchestra in Raploch, Stirling. Big Noise is officially partnered with the Venezuelan programme and has the same aim – to transform lives with music.

We’re sharing the money raised from The Shed’s Christmas raffle with Sistema Scotland and Akosia Mongolia Project.

Please donate to Sistema Scotland.



Akosia Mongolia Project

Bari and friends enjoying painting, Mongolia, 2010

Akosia Mongolia Project

We’re sharing the money raised from The Shed’s Christmas raffle with Sistema Scotland and Akosia Mongolia Project.

Akosia Mongolia Project is a partnership between the UK based charity Akosia and CYPPD, Mongolia. Children and Young People Protection and Development was established in 2002 by a Mongolian woman called Batoya. A social worker in Ulaanbaatar, Batoya wanted to do more for the young people living on the fringes of society. CYPPD works with children aged 12 – 24 including children working in factories, street children, children recycling rubbish from dumps, victims of abuse and child trafficking. Many children seek refuge in underground pipes to escape winter temperatures that drop to -40C. CYPPD raises money to buy traditional Mongolian Gers (felt yurts) to provide safer places for the children to stay.

Here is Bati, who loved singing. Filmed by Mary Thackray at summer camp in 2010. (Bati is second from the left in the photo above).

Please donate to Akosia Mongolia Project



The Religion is the Blues

Trailer of a new documentary by film maker Antonio Rui Ribeiro about the guitarist Billy Jenkins. Includes interviews with comedian Stewart Lee, music critic and writer John L. Walters and Simon Thackray from The Shed. A chance to learn more about the radical great singer, songwriter and composer.