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    feel it in your toes and occasionally in your head the next morning Gin is very trendy I m sure you ve noticed in fact not just the gin but the tonic bit too It has been noted of late that some of our friends have taken to buying us gin Believe me I m not complaining Our friend Holly Bower has even created her own gin Scout Sage and it was whilst we were enjoying a sample with a slice of orange and a splash of Mediterranean tonic that she explained the gin making process it s all about the points of distillation and the botanicals heads and tails I fear as we got round to trying some of the other gins in our cupboard I may not be remembering all the details correctly There s great skill in making fine spirits the combination of flavours are unique Juniper should be the main botanical in gin in fact the name gin is derived from the French genièvre and Dutch jenever words both meaning juniper Other common ingredients are coriander cloves fennel cardamom anise and citrus peels Some manufacturers heat up their botanicals to create an essence which is added to the distilled alcohol More sensitive classic type brewers prefer to gather their botanicals in a purpose built basket and let the alcoholic vapour subtly pass though taking with it hints of the chosen ingredients I must say I ve enjoyed all the gins I ve ever tasted and am starting to appreciate the different individual flavours Tonics are also far more sophisticated then ever before and matching the right gin to the right tonic requires a certain level of aptitude as they contain a whole array of tastes and tones to balance the various gin botanicals After you ve

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    make us a fresh veggie juice every day full of loads of good nutritious stuff like Kale and ginger I wouldn t otherwise eat In fact that s what I was drinking when I saw the headline Here s the thing news just in reveals soup is the new juice So all of us who have been cooking and eating broth for years are now officially down with the health gurus I could happily eat soup all day every day not only tasty but comforting especially chicken soup Surely one of the perks of being ill is a constant supply of chicken soup Our good friend Megan gave us the simplest recipe for chicken soup EVER Chop an onion and a few carrots brown them in a pan with a ¼ chicken piece add stock and cook slowly for an hour Interestingly scientists have been testing the health restoring properties of chicken soup fro decades It seems our grandmother s were right all along apparently chicken soup reduces inflammation of the nose throat and lungs The good stuff in the soup inhibits the movement of neutrophils the white blood cells that fight against infection which in turn serves as a defense against early cold symptoms the only problem being they can t identify the exact ingredient in the soup responsible for making us feel better they say it s a compound called carnosine like a team effort between the chicken carrots and onions but then reading the doctor s recipe I see he adds parsley too which as I have now discovered is rich in vitamins and keeps your immune system in good shape whilst flushing out water retention good to know But before you start counting your chickens the same researchers at the University of Nebraska have found that

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    effect on people is Brian Wilson If you haven t already I urge you to watch the recent biopic Love And Mercy A gripping account of Wilson s early and middle years Pet Sounds is one of my favourite albums but it s the song that wasn t quite ready in time to go on that record and so followed as a single that throughout my life in times of trouble and great joy I return to again and again for comfort and inspiration I was age minus 7 when Good Vibrations was released on October 10 1966 and between 14 16 when I heard it for the first time It was track eight on the imaginatively titled Hits of the 60s cassette that dad had got free with the petrol Walking down the school corridor I inserted said cassette into my brown personal stereo from Keighley market stereo being a contradiction in terms but then Good Vibrations was released in mono Tracks one to seven passed me by despite Bernard Cribbins s best efforts but from the opening ahh of track eight I was rooted to the spot I blushed struggling to take in the complexities of all that sound excited by the rhythmic patterns and overwhelmed by the vocal harmonies Tears filled my eyes and I remember laughing and looking around desperate to find someone to share this experience with The effect was extraordinary It sounds melodramatic but I don t think I ve ever heard a more perfect and immediate musical piece a pocket symphony Legend says it took six months four studios resulting in nearly 20 versions This was the first pop song to be assembled in this manner and Wilson was credited with using the studio as an instrument in its own right like an

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    make us a fresh veggie juice every day full of loads of good nutritious stuff like Kale and ginger I wouldn t otherwise eat In fact that s what I was drinking when I saw the headline Here s the thing news just in reveals soup is the new juice So all of us who have been cooking and eating broth for years are now officially down with the health gurus I could happily eat soup all day every day not only tasty but comforting especially chicken soup Surely one of the perks of being ill is a constant supply of chicken soup Our good friend Megan gave us the simplest recipe for chicken soup EVER Chop an onion and a few carrots brown them in a pan with a ¼ chicken piece add stock and cook slowly for an hour Interestingly scientists have been testing the health restoring properties of chicken soup fro decades It seems our grandmother s were right all along apparently chicken soup reduces inflammation of the nose throat and lungs The good stuff in the soup inhibits the movement of neutrophils the white blood cells that fight against infection which in turn serves as a defense against early cold symptoms the only problem being they can t identify the exact ingredient in the soup responsible for making us feel better they say it s a compound called carnosine like a team effort between the chicken carrots and onions but then reading the doctor s recipe I see he adds parsley too which as I have now discovered is rich in vitamins and keeps your immune system in good shape whilst flushing out water retention good to know But before you start counting your chickens the same researchers at the University of Nebraska have found that many tinned varieties 57 in fact work just as well as homemade So that s what I m having for tea tonight and I m not even ill touch wood I m going down the homemade route but I m thinking I m thinking I might substitute the onions for leeks hey I might even throw in a bit of celery cause that s what kind of a mood I m in 13 Jan Music Giants We lost another music giant this week David Bowie a pioneer whose music will forever stay in the hearts of his millions of fans firmly rooted as the cornerstones of their lives Another great musical innovator who has had a similar effect on people is Brian Wilson If you haven t already I urge you to watch the recent biopic Love And Mercy A gripping account of Wilson s early and middle years Pet Sounds is one of my favourite albums but it s the song that wasn t quite ready in time to go on that record and so followed as a single that throughout my life in times of trouble and great joy I return to again and again for comfort and inspiration I was age minus 7 when Good Vibrations was released on October 10 1966 and between 14 16 when I heard it for the first time It was track eight on the imaginatively titled Hits of the 60s cassette that dad had got free with the petrol Walking down the school corridor I inserted said cassette into my brown personal stereo from Keighley market stereo being a contradiction in terms but then Good Vibrations was released in mono Tracks one to seven passed me by despite Bernard Cribbins s best efforts but from the opening ahh of track eight I was rooted to the spot I blushed struggling to take in the complexities of all that sound excited by the rhythmic patterns and overwhelmed by the vocal harmonies Tears filled my eyes and I remember laughing and looking around desperate to find someone to share this experience with The effect was extraordinary It sounds melodramatic but I don t think I ve ever heard a more perfect and immediate musical piece a pocket symphony Legend says it took six months four studios resulting in nearly 20 versions This was the first pop song to be assembled in this manner and Wilson was credited with using the studio as an instrument in its own right like an electronic gamelan and just as spiritual Theremin harmonica cellos jew s harp french horns sleigh bells organs and wondrous percussion all placed beautifully over a jazzy shuffle The funny thing is I don t even know all the words because they re not important it s the soundscape that overwhelms me Wilson is a true pioneer a man who has never been afraid to eat lunch on his own 05 Jan Brighten up your January and book a show 2016 is going to be a busy one We are currently adding lots of new shows to our listings page so have a look and come along to see us and say hello 30 Dec And a Happy New Year Last New Year s Eve our friends Nina and Fi introduced us to a game called Fishbowl which kept us entertained and in stitches for hours First of all tear paper into strips give three to each guest and ask them to think of a person a place and a thing eg Elvis Wigan aubergine writing one entry on each bit of paper Find a bowl remove any car keys and replace with completed paper strips Split into 2 teams Round 1 is like the game Articulate in that the nominated Team A player has one minute to describe to their teammates using any words except those written on the paper strips as many slips from the bowl as possible If the actual word is mistakenly uttered by the contestant control immediately passes to the opposite side and the timer is reset This round continues back and forth swapping players till all slips have been used up Round 2 is like Charades Put all

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    Sat 21 May Tivoli Theatre Wimbourne Mini Big Band Box Office 01202 885566 21 50 per ticket Thur 26 May Victoria Hall Settle Trio Box Office 01729 825718 20 22 per ticket Fri 27 May Scarborough Fair Festival Trio Box Office Not available Weekend tickets from 101 per ticket Sat 28 May Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells Mini Big Band Box Office 01892 530613 28 30 per ticket Wed 1

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    Warner s Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel Clare Teal performing with the Len Phillips Big Band Box Office 0330 100 9774 TBC per ticket Sat 16 Jul Catton Hall Derbyshire Mini Big Band with Strings Box Office 33 49 per ticket Sat 30 Jul Earsham Hall Trio Box Office 01986 469017 25 per ticket Sat 22 Oct Shanklin Theatre Isle of White Mini Big Band Box Office 01983 868000 20 per ticket

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    pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello the rich jazz infused repertoire includes songs from Cole Porter Billy Strayhorn Van Morrison Tim Rice made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald Nina Simone Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee the songs include Always True to You Darling In My Fashion Let s Do It Let s Fall In Love It Might As Well Be Spring Wild Is The Wind and Into The Mystic To support the release Clare will be touring Twelve O Clock Tales throughout 2016 with the inaugural concert at Bridgewater hall with the Halle on April 30 th 2016 The Hallé is now in its 158 th season and ranks among the UK s top symphonic ensembles with acclaimed performances worldwide Twelve O Clock Tales is Clare s 15 th Album and her 9 th album released on MUD records AVAILABLE TO PRE ORDER NOW 05 Jan Brighten up your January and book a show 2016 is going to be a busy one We are currently adding lots of new shows to our listings page so have a look and come along to see us and say hello 21 Dec British Jazz Awards 2015 We are pleased to announce that Clare has been awarded Jazz Vocalist 2015 in the British Jazz Awards Many many thanks to everyone that voted for me in the Jazz Vocalist category I am chuffed to bits to win It means such a lot especially with such strong competition Lots of love Clare xx 08 Dec Clare s Festive Fiesta Spectacular grab your tickets now Clare and her fabulous Trio s Festive Fiesta Komedia Bath on Monday 21st December will be all bells and baubles Tickets are now on sale so grab them while you can see Live Dates for ticket details Click here for

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    and Wilson was credited with using the studio as an instrument in its own right like an electronic gamelan and just as spiritual Theremin harmonica cellos jew s harp french horns sleigh bells organs and wondrous percussion all placed beautifully over a jazzy shuffle The funny thing is I don t even know all the words because they re not important it s the soundscape that overwhelms me Wilson is a true pioneer a man who has never been afraid to eat lunch on his own 30 Dec And a Happy New Year Last New Year s Eve our friends Nina and Fi introduced us to a game called Fishbowl which kept us entertained and in stitches for hours First of all tear paper into strips give three to each guest and ask them to think of a person a place and a thing eg Elvis Wigan aubergine writing one entry on each bit of paper Find a bowl remove any car keys and replace with completed paper strips Split into 2 teams Round 1 is like the game Articulate in that the nominated Team A player has one minute to describe to their teammates using any words except those written on the paper strips as many slips from the bowl as possible If the actual word is mistakenly uttered by the contestant control immediately passes to the opposite side and the timer is reset This round continues back and forth swapping players till all slips have been used up Round 2 is like Charades Put all the paper strips back in the bowl I seem to recall the time increases to 2 minutes per round but as it was New Year s Eve the old memory is a little bit hazy If the player miming accidentally says anything control immediately passes to the other side Proceed as before taking turns till all strips have been used up Onto round 3 providing you haven t all fallen out you should be getting the hang of things In this round you are only allowed to say one word to describe each paper slip and that word must obviously not be what s written on said paper slip 1 minute per contestant till all the slips are used You ll find more detailed instructions online I ve just heard of a new game that I m seriously up for having a go at It comes to you via Muddy s Aunty Jo I m not sure what it s called but the rules are quite simple Find more paper slips ask your guests to write different list able subjects on them eg cities of the world boys names Beatles songs etc Folks are then split into teams and each contestant given a list able subject and one minute on the clock to name as many relevant things as they can sounds easy enough but you re not allowed to show your teeth whilst speaking On that note we wish you all a Haffy Newgh Yearh xxx 22 Dec Merry Christmas Setting up for our penultimate gig of the year in Maidstone on Sunday I reached for my microphone bag it felt surprisingly light gingerly I unzipped it to find a microphone shaped hole Doh I must have left it at the previous gig Many singers have the ability to sing through any mic and sound amazing but a lot of us form close attachments to specific microphones I see it as an extension of my voice In the studio I use a Neumann U47 wherever possible a beautiful old valve mic built between 1949 1965 it gives great clear results adding magic to the upper mid frequencies incidentally it is George Martin s favourite microphone On the road my weapon of choice is a Shure Beta 87a at the risk of boring you all to tears I love this condenser microphone again it does lovely things to upper mid range but isn t boomy and has a really great reach meaning I can explore a big dynamic range Without it I feel a bit out of kilter although sometimes it s good to try new things As I write we re heading to Bath for our last gig of the year my brilliant Muddy is battling through rubbish weather on the M4 having driven 1000 s of miles this year our trusty manager Alison has made countless phone calls to track the microphone down and hopefully get it or a replacement on stage by 4 30 this afternoon Megan our fabulous bookkeeper is busy making sure all musicians invoices are paid before Christmas said musicians Jason Rebello Simon Little and Ben Reynolds are just leaving their homes to get to Bath in time for soundcheck Guy Barker MBE is currently glued to his computer writing beautiful arrangements for our new album to be recorded with The Halle Orchestra in February These charts over the next twelve months will be played by literally hundreds of musicians Many of them we have had the pleasure of working with this year Radio producers Cali and Anthony have done a tremendous job helping to bring the joyous world of swing and big band to the masses I am tremendously lucky to do what I do for a living and am very grateful to have the help and support of so many wonderful people not forgetting the Yorkshire Post s own Catherine Scott and you lovely readers and listeners Xxx 21 Dec Note to self sometimes in life you just have to queue Last week was our busiest of the Festive Season By the time we d dragged our baggage from dressing room 2 of The Theatre Royal Drury Lane up to the after show do held in The Grand Saloon we d clocked up 62 working hours in five days 5 gigs three rehearsals and 980 miles In order to preserve my voice I try not to drink alcohol when we re really busy as it

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