Garden shed becomes thriving music venue

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A homeowner has succeeded in turning his garden shed into a thriving music venue for a variety of big-name acts.

Jon Earl of Somerset, whose "day job" is running a photocopying business, has hosted 50 music sessions in a year after launching his Songs from the Shed project, the Guardian reported.

Mr Earl explained that the idea came to him following a discussion with friends over what to do with the shed.

After deciding to invite local musicians to come and play, he filmed the results on a basic camera and posted the results on YouTube, only to find that these shed sessions quickly became an online hit.

Mr Earl has since had requests from a huge range of prominent acts and has hosted such talent as Beautiful South member Dave Rotheray, the award-winning fiddle player Jackie Oates and the American folk rock group the Young Republic.

"I was astounded and it's taken over my life," he told the Guardian. "I think bands like the atmosphere and the idea of getting back to making music in a simple way."

Posted by Martin Corby
    - 25 October 2010
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