'Best musical talent' from area to perform at showcase gig

'Best musical talent' from area to perform at showcase gig

Lucy Golding

'Best musical talent' from area to perform at showcase gig
Jeff Cooper is organising the showcase gig

A musical showcase for talented home-grown performers will be held at The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture tomorrow.

Music producer Jeff Cooper has organised the event to promote four artists he has been working with at his own Maidenhead-based recording enterprise, Room 2 Studios.

"I have hand-selected the best musical talent from around the area," said the 39-year-old.

"They have all self-released material and are superb."

The One Night Only gig will be held at the venue in St Leonard's Road, Windsor, and feature 22-year-old Sam Brett, described as Maidenhead's answer to Ed Sheeran.

"He's a wonderful talent, I really think that he will make a breakthrough in the industry one day," added Jeff, whose company has been based at Denmark Studios in Denmark Street, Maidenhead, for three years.

Burnham band Harrison will be performing their 'indie mixed with a Beatles sound' set with a new lead singer, building on the success of their launch in 2011.

They will be joined by Poor Michael, winners of BBC Introducing’s Band of The Year 2011.

The Maidenhead band's genre has been labelled as 'Arabic danger funk' by the BBC. They have built up a supportive fanbase following a circuit of gigs in the south and south-west of England last year.

The final act of the evening are Maidenhead band Exit Tahiti, who are reuniting after six years apart due to one member of the group returning from his permanent home of Australia for a holiday.

Jeff, who has worked as a producer for nearly 20 years, described the event as a platform for live music and to get bands from the area heard.

He is paying for the gig himself.

He said: "Hopefully it will pay off but we need people to come and support us."

Tickets cost £5 on the door. Email jeff@room2studios.co.uk to reserve them in advance for £4.

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