Songs from the Shed – started as an idea in a pub – all the best do

This is Bristol reports on a local man who uses his shed for music session with people coming from all over the world to play.

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FOR most people, a garden shed is where you store your spade, gardening gloves and rake.

But one man in Clevedon has turned his into a recording studio where he makes acoustic music videos for bands from right across the globe – with the help of his three chickens.

When John Earl moved into his home in the seaside resort two years ago he decided he wanted to do something a bit different with his rickety outbuilding.

He initially planned to launch a Cheese and Cider Society and use the wooden hut as a place where his friends could meet and have a chat over a glass or two.

But after a conversation down the pub with pals and potential members of the society, he decided to combine his love of music and talents with a camera and start making music videos.

He launched his Songs from the Shed in June and since then has invited acts from across the world to record acoustic sets in the 8ft by 10ft wooden building.

This week he sees his biggest challenge yet – recording a session by the 20-piece strong Bristol-based Gasworks Choir.

John records the sessions on a hand-held Canon video camera, edits them and then uploads them to his website –

So far, since the website launched in June, it has received 1,700 hits and 3,000 video views.

John has recorded videos for local singer Lenny Savage, 21, Chris Walker and his band The Leftieries from Totnes and singer/songwriter Rosco from Wookey Hole.

He has also recorded a video for the Water Tower Bucket Boys, from Portland, USA, who were touring the country earlier this year.

By Andrew Wilcox

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