My little brother and sister have produced some brilliant work while at school and I’ve just discovered that, due to a ridiculous school policy brought in by the current executive headteacher, their work has been destroyed.
The school has refused to allow books to come home and has refused to allow parents to photocopy or photograph the work. Parents have even offered to pay for the school books, or sign a waiver against any legal action that may arise from evidence contained in the books, but despite these offers the school is still refusing to allow the books home.
In my opinion, this sends the message that school paranoia is more important than the wishes of children and parents.
This Saturday 26th April, I’m delighted to be performing with Ansa Back at Malborough Music Monster Mash to raise money for the Dave Sharp Young Musicians Fund. The fund does some brilliant work locally to ensure that teens from all backgrounds have a chance to enjoy learning and playing music and now that the project is a few years old it’s great to see some of the bands that have emerged and developed from it.
I have recorded a short selection of relaxed pieces, all available for free download.
“As a professional musician for nearly four decades, I have been very impressed by Hannah Sterry’s contribution to our gypsy swing band as a deputy flautist over the last few months. She has deputised at short notice for both our lead guitarist and swing violinist, not easy roles to fill, and I have been awed by her levels of competence and creativity. Her improvisational techniques display an intuitive flair and inspiration well beyond her years, and she exhibits the stage presence expected in a seasoned veteran. I would heartily endorse her as a flautist to any potential employers, whether in the fields of jazz, rock or classical music.” ~ Julian Isaacs of Hamer & Isaacs Gypsy Swing Band
“[Hannah] is a brilliant musician and I love working with her in the gypsy swing band. Her flute solos inspire me to up my game!” ~ Melanie Scullion B.A Hons.P.G Cert. P.G Dip.Perf. Professional violinist, violist and peripatectic music teacher.
Feel free to ask any questions or have a friendly chat online using the contact form, tweet @HannahSterry or comment on this blog!
If you like, you can also follow my musical adventure on facebook on the Hannah Sterry Music page.
Hope to hear from you soon! 🙂
Here are a selection of images from performances around South Devon. The pencil sketch is thanks to Jazz Greenhill.
Time: 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee performance at 2pm
Malborough Amateur Dramatic Group presents Humpty Dumpty – The Pantomime at Malborough Village Hall.
Tickets from £7 for adults and £4 for children are available from Kingsbridge Information Centre and Malborough Post Office.
This year I’m involved in Malborough Pantomime again (I’ll be in the musicians pit – who knows what might happen if I ever ended up on a stage)! It’s always good to catch up with village life and it’s wonderful seeing everyone work together to put on such a brilliant event.
MAD kids put on an incredible show this year too, with their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat rivalling many of the professional shows I’ve seen. I’m fairly certain we’ll be seeing some familiar friendly faces performing in the West End in a few years!
Anyway, I’ve hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas and – if I don’t post in the next few days – have a Happy New Year! 🙂
We had the fiddle/flute version of duelling banjos, rude jokes about chickens, bass ukelele envy and a kazoo-off! The audience seemed to really enjoy it (Becky even managed to be colour co-ordinated with some of the audience too) and we all had a lot of fun on stage!
I’ll be playing at B-Bar again in March, but this time with Hamer & Co, so that’s definitely something to look forward to!
The Dartmouth Chronicle printed news about our performance at Dartmouth Football Club at 8:45pm tonight (Saturday 19th October)!
The article reads:
Rock on South Hams Newspapers.
The eight strong combo Ansa Back which boasts one South Hams newspaper reporter, a photographer and a production wizard, will be in concert at Dartmouth football club tomorrow.
The band, which has a repertoire spanning more than 20 years of rock classics, included reporter Amy McSweeny on vocals, photographer Greg Taylor on lead guitar and production expert Bryan Roberts on rhythm guitar.
With them will be the rest of the line up – father and daughter team Joe Sterry on sax and Hannah Sterry on flute and backing vocals and Paul Adams, also on sax, Clare Hannaford on drums and Wayne Neil on bass guitar.
The music kicks off at 8.45pm.
Lead singer, Amy McSweeny said: ‘It is our first gig in Dartmouth and we’re really excited to be performing there. Our music covers pretty much everything and hopefully we shall get people up and dancing and having a good time.’
My latest artwork hasn’t had anything to do with Sterry Cartoons. Most recently I’ve been designing this logo for Hamer & Isaacs gypsy swing band. The band have had a number of successes in the South West and London, with performances at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and upcoming performance at The Royal Albert Hall on March 8th (see their shows page for more information).
Don’t let me carry on though – see for yourselves! Here’s a video from one of their performances at Plymouth Jazz Club!
Hamer & Isaacs play volcanic, swinging gypsy jazz. Whilst portraying the influence of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, the unique addition of Rosie Corlett’s soaring, flaming vocals is guaranteed to turn the thermostat up a notch.
Let me know what you think, and if you like the music, feel free to head over to the Hamer & Isaacs website for more!
As of 2015, Hamer & Isaacs has morphed in to two separate groups:
Hot Club of Stonehouse
Hamer and Co.
Both groups can still be found playing in venues around the South West.
I’ve decided to release a few flute pieces (and a short harp cover) on bandcamp! You can download them all for free or, if you really like them, can name your price! Just click below to have a listen and download!