Rocker Jon Lord, who founded Deep Purple and co-wrote their most famous song, Smoke On The Water, has died aged 71. The Leicester born keyboard player, who had pancreatic cancer, died in London today.
A statement on his website said he had passed "from Darkness to Light". The statement also said Lord was "surrounded by his loving family" when he died.
Last year, Lord told fans he was "fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure".
Jon started playi... Read more.
News has been received from the new owner of Shrewsburys Buttermarket that the three manual 12 rank [ex-Ritz cinema Chatham Wurlitzer] will be allowed to remain in the venue. In the not to distant future, it could be this year, the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust hope to start to run monthly organ concerts again.
The Trust [who own the organ] have been running concerts since it was installed in the building in 1988 up to 2010 when the building was closed after being placed into administration. Since then the property has been sold on and a £1 million re-furbishment ... Read more.
As we have mentioned previously in OrganFax news, Andover shoppers were treated to the sound of music on Saturday 30 June – music provided by top Dutch musician, DirkJan Ranzijn.
The entertainment was provided as part of the Chantry Centre’s Community Calendar and Dirk performed tirelessly throughout the day to help raise funds for Andover Young Carers. Sponsored by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society, Dirk entertained the s... Read more.
It’s probably impossible to be unaware of Jean Martyn’s present success in the music business unless, of course, one has one’s head in a sack or doesn’t own a television! Since her heroic progress through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent last year, she has been the original whirling dervish, and her achievements have been well reported here on OrganFax. So find out more as we turn the Organfax Spotlight on Jean Martyn
Check out this new House Music album by keyboard artiste, Rod Pooley and drummer, James Asher.
During the recording sessions for 'Expanding the Canvas' album for Rod Pooley, James Asher discovered that they shared an enthusiasm for the style of music typified by the likes of David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, a genre in which neither had worked previously.
They were attracted by the positivity and energising quality of this medium. Rod brought to the party the same dazzling keyboard skills that hav... Read more.
Due to unforseen circumstances beyond his control, Chris Powell is unable to appear at Wycombe Organ Club tomorrow evening (12th July 2012). In his place will be the ever popular, Andrew Nix. A concert not to be missed!
Why not go along? Details of their venue and location can be found on their OrganFax Club Page.