Cry of Introduction for Ethan Johns doing “In-Store” at Square Records, Wimborne

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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.

Crying out loud to be the best at Dorset Town Crier’s Competition

Wimborne Town Crier meets his rivalPARDON: Wimborne Town Crier Chris Brown (right) meets his rival Mellvin Gudger and they practise their battle for the Dorset Town Crier title with butcher Paul Keating getting caught in the middle of all the noise. (Picture: Sally Adams).

OYEZ, oyez, oyez! Ears as well as tastebuds are in for a treat at Wimborne Food Festival as the Dorset Town Crier’s Competition gets off to a deafening start.

Criers from across the county will flock to the town at noon on Sunday, October 24, to shout it out for the coveted Stanley Mansbridge Perpetual Trophy.

As last year’s winner and host, Wimborne Town Crier Chris Brown can only oversee the two-round cry-off.

He said: “The first round is for the criers to extol the virtues of their home town and encourage people to visit it.

Read the article on Daily Echo website (published 19/10/2010)

Wimborne town crier Chris Brown reunited with stolen bell

Town Crier reunited with stolen bellA Dorset town crier has been reunited with his handbell after it was stolen.

Chris Brown, Wimborne’s town crier, said the bell was in a bag which was taken while he was DJing in a pub earlier this month. The missing bag and bell, which has little financial value, were left anonymously, close to Mr Brown’s car, on Sunday. He said he was “very happy” after it appeared an amnesty had led to the culprit having a change of heart.

Mr Brown said: “I really never thought it would appear again but some friends were calling and found the missing bag and bell by the rear of my car. I promised an amnesty which appears to have enabled the prankster to relieve their conscience and am a very happy town crier.”

The 11ins (30cm) high military-issue handbell, which has an iron clapper, dates from World War I when it was used for gas attack warnings. The bell is used to accompany Mr Brown’s “cries” around the town and at national and international gatherings. He had notified local scrap and antique dealers to keep an eye out following the theft.

Read the article on the BBC Dorset website (published 25 June 2012)

Wimborne town crier’s handbell is stolen

Town Criers Bell is StolenA Dorset town crier is appealing for his handbell to be returned after it was stolen.

Chris Brown, Wimborne’s town crier, said the bell was in a bag which was taken while he was DJing in a pub. The 11 inch (30cm) high military-issue handbell, which has an iron clapper, dates from World War I when it was used for gas attack warnings.

Mr Brown said: “It’s extremely loud. I want to get it back, it’s been everywhere with me.”
The bell is used to accompany Mr Brown’s “cries” around the town and at national and international gatherings.

He added that local scrap and antique dealers had been notified but the bell had little financial worth.

Read the article on the BBC Dorset website (published 13 June 2012)