Convention Programme

Tom Robinson - Keynote

Tom Robinson
(The Large Barn; 12:30 – 13:15)
Tom Robinson is a British songwriter and broadcaster. The Tom Robinson Band (TRB), early supporters of Rock Against Racism, enjoyed chart success in the 1970s. Unusually for the time, Tom was openly gay and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights. He had further hits as a solo artist and co-wrote songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Since 1987 Tom has hosted programmes on all eight of the BBC‘s national radio stations and won two Gold Sony Academy Radio Awards, including for his 6Music programme Now Playing. He has presented shows on BBC Radio 6 Music since its launch in 2002 and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition of his support for new music artists via BBC Introducing.

Meet the Makers: The Producers – John Leckie & George Shilling

John Leckie
(The Large Barn; 13:30 – 14:15)
John Leckie has been working in music for over 40 years and has produced over 100 acclaimed albums. He started at Abbey Road studios in 1970 and worked with George Harrison, John Lennon, Pink Floyd and many others. He became a producer in 1976 and made first albums with XTC, Magazine and Simple Minds. In the 80s he was travelling the world producing in USA, Canada, Berlin, Paris, Nigeria and in the UK he produced albums for The Fall, Felt and the eponymous album for The Stone Roses. The next decade there were albums by Radiohead, The Verve, Ride, Kula Shaker and Cast and a host of World music artistes. From 2000 he has produced records for Muse, New Order, Los Lobos, Dr John, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Coral and The Levellers.
George Shilling
George Shilling is a renowned record producer with over 30 years’ experience. He hit the big time as the recording engineer on The Only Way Is Up by Yazz, then co-produced I’m Free by The Soup Dragons. Other credits include Texas, Primal Scream, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, Steve Winwood. He works mainly from his own Bank Cottage Studio in the Cotswolds, but was recently reunited with Carol Decker engineering sessions at Abbey Road — George was assistant engineer when T’Pau mixed their Sex Talk single in the late 80s. He is also an accomplished cellist, and recently recorded parts for Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. George produced the recent album Pivotal by Thame’s own Nikki Loy and often joins her onstage with his electric cello.

Meet the Makers: The Artists - Mark Gardener interviewed by Tom Robinson

Mark Gardener
(The Large Barn; 14:30 – 15:15)
For close to 30 years Mark Gardener has been a professional musician. His career started in 1988 when he formed the band Ride with fellow school and art school friends Andy Bell, Steve Queralt and Loz Colbert. Ride were signed to Alan Mcgee’s Creation Records label in 1989 along with Sire records in the US and were one of the first bands on Creation records to enjoy chart success releasing five albums and many Ep’s and singles until 1996 when the band split. Ride enjoyed critical acclaim and success around the world and toured the world extensively. Since 1996 Mark has been involved in many other musical collaborations alongside solo performances and releases. Since 2006 he has also been mixing and producing many bands and artists and has also worked on soundtracks and music for commercials. In 2015 Ride reformed and along with his studio mixing and production work Mark is also now once again touring the world with Ride and last year Ride released its sixth official studio album ‘Weather Diaries’ . Mark is currently in the process of building a new studio close to Oxfordshire to continue all mixing/production/recording and soundtrack work.

Get Yourself Seen: Playing Live – Joe Heap and Nick Moorbath

Joe Heap
(The Large Barn; 15:30 – 16:15)
Joe Heap is currently the Director of Towersey Festival (the oldest festival in the UK, founded by his Grandad). Previously he has worked as an Arts Consultant and Event Manager at numerous UK events and as a label manager and producer for a small independent record company. He is part of the Association of Festival Organisers, a membership organisation of some 200 industry members that offers support, advice and guidance. Joe is also a singer and actor with many years’ experience of the UK arts scene having done event work for the BBC, London’s Southbank Centre and promotions at The Royal Albert Hall. Joe continues to work in the events and entertainment industry as a consultant, event organiser and actor (Variety is the spice of life!)
Nick Moorbath
Nick Moorbath has over 25 years of experience in the music business. During this time he has played Keyboards for Ride, Hurricane #1 and The Almighty, amongst many others. As well as setting up the Cold Room rehearsal studios back in the early 90’s he more recently opened Evolution Recording Studios, a high-end recording studio and production facility based around a fully refurbished Trident 80B mixing desk. He has already earned production credits with the likes of Frank Turner and over the last 12 Months has also recorded, co-produced, mixed and played on the last two scores composed by Philip Selway for the films Let Me Go and Carmilla, to be released later this year. Nick also founded The legendry Zodiac in Oxford and ran that for 11 years. He promoted Radiohead’s Show in South Park as well as over 2000 other concerts. He is still a director of a flourishing on line ticketing platform.
Mark Fellowes
Mark Fellowes has been a professional DJ and musician since the age of 12. Music has taken him all over the world. As a drummer, he had his first hit record in Belgium in 1989 as part of critically acclaimed band Those Disposable Things, and went on to play drums in various bands including Baby June, The Bishops, and with Pete Cunnah of D:Ream. As a DJ he recently headlined Fynefest in Scotland, and has just returned from playing at the Monaco Grand Prix. Locally, he is involved with Thame Music Academy. He also has a show on Wycombe Sound, and is very keen to help young musicians and DJ’s get into the industry. Three words he would use to encourage people: Talent, Passion & Determination.

Get Yourself Heard: Radio Play - Pippa Sawyer, Phil Legg and TBC BBC Introducing (BBC Radio Oxford)

Pippa Sawyer
(The Small Barn; 13:30 – 14:15)
Pippa Sawyer is the Programme Director of the multi-award-winning Wycombe Sound 106.6fm in High Wycombe. Wycombe Sound was crowned "Station of the Year" at the 2017 Community Radio Awards, with Pippa also winning Silver for Best Female Presenter. The station targets an audience of 35+ with locally focused interviews and features together with a familiar mix of music, news, travel, sport, arts and specialist music programmes. Wycombe Sound 106.6fm is now an established and trusted brand in the local area, reaching thousands of loyal listeners every week. What they do behind the scenes, working with young people and those with disabilities, is a whole other story. Tune in on 106.6fm, online or via Radioplayer. Pippa can talk about the vital role local radio plays for upcoming musicians. From promoting your gigs, building your following and giving you media experience so you are ready when the BBC come calling!
Phil Legg
As part of new-wave band Essential Logic, Phil Legg was in one of the first bands to put an album out on Rough Trade Records and during this period gigged with Joy Division, The Teardrop Explodes, Echo & The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, The Human League, The Slits, The Raincoats, Young Marble Giants, The Pop Group, The Members and many others. He then worked as a producer / engineer with artists like Sade, Tracy Thorne, Depeche Mode, Terence Trent D'Arby, The Rolling Stones, Desree, Erasure, Boy George, Big Country and many more before starting Futureproof. Initially releasing tracks with Rodney P & Neneh Cherry as a label, Phil went on to develop Futureproof into a label services company with an emphasis on radio/TV promotion plus PR and online marketing but also covering digital distribution, sync licensing and publishing. Now working with a wide range of independent artists from Afrikan Boy to My Vitriol, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Glen Matlock and Fat White Family drummer Dan Lyons, Phil and the Futureproof team come with a wealth of experience on how prepare, present and secure radio play and other media exposure.

Luke Concannon Teaches Songwriting

Luke Concannon
(Room 1; 14:30 – 15:30)
Luke Concannon Luke Concannon is an English singer-who writes songs from his depths. Best known for being the lead singer/guitarist with Nizlopi, who topped the charts with ‘The JCB Song’ in 2005, he’s been releasing music under his own name since his 2013 album ‘Give It All’. Luke writes about people power, poverty, intimacy, and his grandmas. He moved to America for love in 2016, and is thrilled to be back in Europe this summer to share his new album. He loves to include and engage folk, so he’ll be teaching the audience lyrics to the songs and inviting them to sing share and dance. 'One of my three main influences along with Van Morrison…' Ed Sheeran (speaking about Luke)

Get Yourself Some Help: finding the team, make money & protect yourself - Meredith Cork, Claire Rose and Callum Johnson

Meredith Cork
(The Small Barn; 14:30 – 15:15)
With 3 decades of experience and a raft of international multi-platform and ground-breaking producers and artists in her portfolio, Meredith Cork also has a classic training in Graphic Design, Marketing, Journalism and PR prior to moving into artist and producer management. She has represented producers that include Butch Vig (Nirvana 'Nevermind', Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Foo Fighters etc.) Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones 'Exile on Main Street', 'Beggars Banquet', Primal Scream 'Screamadelica', Ocean Colour Scene) Garry Hughes (Bjork, Killing Joke), Stephen Lironi (Hanson, Bon Jovi, Black Grape) and multi-platinum selling artists like Marcella Detroit, Dot Allison, Merz, Womack and Womack, Kate Havnevik and was the founding manager of the band Garbage.
Claire Rose
Claire Rose is the Education & Outreach Manager for PRS for Music in the West of England. In her role, she works with music creators and music industry organisations and representatives to advise on PRS for Music, how to get the most from membership and where the organisation fits into the wider music landscape. She also organises events across her region addressing topics such as the DIY approach to music and issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.

Callum Johnson
Callum Johnson began his music industry career while still an undergraduate, setting up Aggrandise Management, an innovative artist management company focusing on underground artists working within niche genres, with a focus on hip-hop. He continues to develop the brand outside of his work for AIM, creating unique shows around London with his current artist, “looms.”. Having gained 1st Class Honours in his Music Business & Innovation degree from ACM, Callum joined AIM as an Events Intern working on its prestigious AIM Independent Music Awards, Women in Music Conference & Indie-Con. Callum was subsequently hired to join the AIM team as its Membership Administrator. AIM exists to represent and serve over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected record labels in the world, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. Through advice, training, discounts, networking, events, contacts, support and community, AIM saves their members time and money, makes them money, increases their productivity and gives peace of mind.

Get Yourself Fans Like You: The Americana Scene - Mike Trotman, Hannah Rose Platt, Tristan Tipping

Mike Trotman
(The Small Barn; 15:30 – 16:15)
For the past 15 years Mike Trotman has been a hobbyist promoter operating under the name of Empty Room Promotions. He has put on over 300 shows in the Oxford and Buckingham areas and mainly specialises in American bands on tour, which play in the Americana/alt.Country style. However he has also put on UK acts who play this type of music like Billy Bragg, Police Dog Hogan, Redlands Palomino Company, etc, and often employs local musicians as support.
Hannah Rose Platt
Hannah Rose Platt is an enchanting singer-songwriter, talented guitarist and storyteller. She recorded her debut album Portraits in Nashville where she worked with some of the industry's leading names, Grammy award-winning musicians Mark Fain, (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton) Stuart Duncan (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss).

Tristan Tipping
By day Tristan Tipping is the Chief Executive officer at Bucks Student’s Union, ranked in the top 10 SUs in the United Kingdom, by night he runs Clubhouse Records, a small independent label specialising in Americana, Alt-Country and Roots music with his brother Danny and father Gary. Clubhouse have curated stages at a range of festivals, released dozens of albums by artists from the UK, USA and Canada and enjoy collaborating on all manner of music-based projects. The label is heading in to its tenth year in 2019 and Clubhouse have a series of special events and releases to celebrate. Tristan is a long-time bass player and regularly records and plays with a range of artists as well as the Clubhouse-All Stars. Tristan is also the co-founder of The Ramblin’ Roots Revue, a 3 days Americana festival and his specialist subjects are bass players from the 1960’s and Cricket players from the 1990’s.