27th November 2012: Ethan Johns is a legendary record producer and has worked with many great artists and has just released his first album “If Not Now When?” on Three Crows Records. This is only out on vinyl at the moment which might genuinely indicate that the popularity of vinyl is increasing? I composed a Cry of introduction for Ethan just before he came on to do some songs and a question and answer session in the shop.
IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME TO WIMBORNE MINSTER, A MUSICIAN OF FINE CRAFT & SKILL, FOR TODAY WE SHALL BE TREATED TO SOME AURAL DELIGHTS, TO WHICH, I AM SURE OUR HUMBLE SPIRITS WILL THRILL, I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THIS TROUBADOUR’S EXTENSIVE WORK, AS BOTH A MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER, A MAN OF VISION, TALENT AND GREAT WORTH, HIS OWN MUSIC IS OF GREAT CREDIT, AND TODAY I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY A DEMONSTRATION OF THIS, AND PERHAPS SOME SONGS FROM HIS NEW ALBUM, “IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN”, I AM AWARE ETHAN HAS SAID WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY OF LEARNING AND YOUR HUMILITY IS A LESSON TO US ALL, IN AN INDUSTRY WHERE EGOS CAN SOAR, IT IS TRULY REFRESHING TO FIND ONE WHO IS OPEN AND HONEST AND CAN NEVER BE ACCUSED OF BEING A BORE! SO GOOD FOLK OF WIMBORNE MINSTER, LET US WARMLY APPLAUD, A MAN WHO IS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME, WITH SOME WELCOMING APPLAUSE.
And so on he came and enthralled us with beautiful songs and a glimpse into his world of recording and production. Students from Poole College Music Technology course were in attendance and for them this was like a free Masterclass, discovering some of Ethan and his father’s techniques, secrets and approach to recording. It was a great evening and thanks to Ethan and all the staff at Square Records.
My experience as a Town Crier (since 1998) has led me to officiate at many civic, charitable and celebratory events across Dorset and as far as the metropolis of London! I am a member of both the professional organisations committed to upholding our standards, The Loyal Company of Town Criers and The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers, of which I was Guild Champion in 2007. As a member of these highly respected bodies it is my pleasure and your reassurance, that I commit to adhere to the traditions, standards and conduct laid down by them.
I can offer you a number of services to make your wedding day that extra bit special and unusual. As MASTER OF CEREMONIES for the day one of the things I can offer is a unique and special public cry announcing the wedding celebrations delivered to your specifications. I can announce the arrival of your guests, call for Order and attention for the speeches (the penning of which I can also assist with) of the day and act as your Aide in all matters with commitment and attention to your every need.
Another service of which I have over forty years experience is that of providing recorded or live entertainment for your party. I have been, what I am reliably informed a “D.J.”, playing pre-recorded discs of music and song with the purpose of dance and capers! I am also well placed in the music industry to be able to advise and book for you a variety of talented live performers to suit all tastes and desires.
A further and thoroughly unique service is the provision of an Escort provided by the Wimborne Militia in 17th Century attire, arrangements to suit. This could include a volley of musket fire at an agreed time to ward off evil intent, spirits and humours from this cherished couple’s long and happy life together.
I am also happy to advise and arrange professional photographers, film recording, venues and caterers so please utilise my experience to ensure you hire only the best! We look forward to blessing your event and hearing from you.