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Thread #133146   Message #3308307
Posted By: GUEST,Jim Moray
14-Feb-12 - 09:08 AM
Thread Name: The Cecil Sharp Project - January 2012
Subject: RE: The Cecil Sharp Project - January 2012
I'm sorry to hear that you couldn't hear us properly. As I understand it, the problem in Bristol was because there were no speakers aimed at the upper level. St Georges does not have a PA of it's own, so one has to be brought in for every concert. The PA hire company used in this case didn't supply enough speakers to cover a full St Georges hall so we did some re-arrangement during soundcheck but had to make do with a slightly inadequate system.

In this instance it was not the hall's fault - they were not promoting the show, merely hiring the venue to an outside promoter. And it was not the bands fault - despite sending out a specification, we get what we're given technically and Jamie Pryke (our own engineer) did a superb job mixing us for the whole tour. I didn't recognise the PA hire company - not one I've come across before in Bristol, but they just didn't provide the right gear to cover the whole hall.

St Georges is not the ideal venue for amplified music anyway, but I have seen some fantastic acoustic shows there (June Tabor with the grand piano a few years ago springs to mind). I hope you don't feel like you can never attend the venue for the right concerts in future. From our end, I would be a bit more strict about tech requirements if I ever play the hall again. However, it's a shame you didn't stick around for the second half - I believe that there was enough variety in the show that nearly everyone could have found something they enjoyed, slightly muffled words or not.

Sorry again that you didn't enjoy it.