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The Horsell Music Festival is THIS SATURDAY! Get tickets in person at Cost Cutter in Horsell village or call the fundraising team on 01483 881752. 🎶 🎶 🎶

We are looking forward to hosting these fantastic bands on Sunday 12 November - a lovely chilled out afternoon of music in a venue dedicated to bringing great and diverse music to listening audiences ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday Afternoon Acoustic

November 12, 2017, 1:30pm - November 12, 2017, 10:30am

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon listening to some great music from 3 different acts in a wonderful intimate venue. Over from Sweden touring the UK are duo Perfect Blue Sky, exquisite guitarist Saiichi Sugiyama and returning local favourites QuietWish Perfect Blue Sky is a multinational collaboration between Swedish folk/metal artist, Pontus (Pna) Andersson, and Australian rock singer and guitarist, Jane Kitto. With the uninhibited vibes of 60s/70s psychedelic classic rock, the album is filled with imagination and spirit. Following the success of their recent UK radio tour in May, Perfect Blue Sky has a nationwide UK tour planned for November 2017 with ‘Astronaut’ the feel-good new single released on 20th October, and taken from the new album, The Eye of Tilos. The video was filmed in July by award winning fine arts photographer Mikaela Holmberg in Finland. Andersson and Kitto formed Perfect Blue Sky in 2014, drawing together a wealth of well-known guest-musicians who share a love of classic rock. The album features Jerry Donahue (guitarist for The Proclaimers and Fairport Convention) and Dave Getz (Big Brother And The Holding Company drummer). Also in the line-up is Frenchman Frank Bessard (Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke) on drums, and Australian keyboardist Danny Oakhill, Also newcomer is British viola player Lewis Parsons. www.perfectbluesky.net Saiichi Sugiyama is a British-based guitarist, singer and composer, best known for his writing and performing collaborations with Pete Brown, the lyricist for Cream since 2002 to date. His previous bands in 1990s featured Mike Casswell and Phil Williams of Walk on Fire, Andy Smith of Hot Chocolate, Zoot Money, Boz Burrell of Bad Company, John Cook of Rory Gallagher band as well as the guitarist, Paul Wassif. Sugiyama's self-published studio albums in 2000s featured Clem Clempson of Colosseum, Pete Brown (who co-wrote and co-produced the albums), Zoot Money and Ben Matthews of Thunder. His guitar style has more than a passing resemblance to that of Peter Green and has a vibrato technique similar that of Paul Kossoff. Quiet Wish are a band from Surrey, UK playing alt-rock, electronic trip-hop, ambient progressive, floyd-esqe original music that reflects current environmental and humanitarian concerns. The music takes you on a journey; a listening experience of themes and emotions that are interwoven and connected though the use of political poetic imagery both subtle and sometimes direct. Quietwish.com £6 entry

Don't forget. Tonight at The Phoenix Centre 27 Goldsworth Road ... See MoreSee Less

Jane's Jam

September 13, 2017, 7:30pm - November 8, 2017, 4:00pm

Come along and join in. Acoustic guitars, tambourines, hand drums and more available, just bring your voice and song sheets (If you want - we have plenty) and be prepared to have fun. £3 on the door

We'll be welcoming Sean early 2018 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Coming to a cafe, pub or lecture hall near you soon. If you're in the UK. It'll be a live version with Q&A throughout of my TED talk given in Istanbul from a couple of years ago, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeGqMAjTU-U&t=7s (still curious about the two 'dislikes'). Get in touch on here or at seanbwparker@outlook.com if you'd like to see me/it in your hamlet/town/city #feelfreetoshare

Pyrford TV Arts interview Feb 2017 showing what the new venue looks like now before we take over when we hear about the lease

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Thanks to Phil Coleman for choosing us as a venue for his excellent book launch on Saturday - we have a variety of things that currently take place

Every Tues commencing 3 October - Pregnancy Yoga
Every First Weds - Woking Stanza poetry workshops
Every 2nd & 4th Weds - Jane's Jam - Acoustic Jam session all levels
Every Other Thurs 30mm run by Peter Doyle - open mic & feature slots
28 October - Women's Red Tent run by Woking & Guildford Red Tent
25 November BR James Album Launch

There are more activities planned by hirers who will advertise as they confirm as well

We also sell CD's & books for local and emerging musicians and authors, retro/vintage items and are available for hire to local groups wishing to stage music, arts, holistic activities at cost rate.

There will be more nights and afternoon activities announced shortly, we have this small venue until March 2018 so it is there to be made use of by the community. If you have an idea or want to plan something just contact us

We'd welcome more volunteers to help us open up as much as possible both for activities and a drop in - the instruments are there to be played, the books to be read, the sofas to be sat on and it is a nice space if you need to work quietly, writing or studying etc.

If you have some hours spare a week and would like to be involved get in touch we would love to hear from you 🙂
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Thanks to everyone who came to the Phil Coleman book launch. We welcomed a lot of new friends tonight and met up again with older ones. Saturday night at the Phoenix. Now why haven’t we thought of it before?
If you would like to hire the space email phoenixculturalcentre@yahoo.co.uk
More events coming soon
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Setting up for Phil Coleman's book launch of The Gift 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Come along tonight to Phil Coleman’s book launch. Starting at 8pm. Free parking out the front and lovely and cosy inside
Phil will also be playing songs from his latest album.
Oh and did we mention?..... it’s FREE ENTRY although donations towards the upkeep of the centre are always welcome
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The Gift - Book Launch

September 30, 2017, 8:00pm - September 30, 2017, 5:00pm

The event has been created for the launch of my book, "The Gift". Come and join me for an evening to learn what my book is about and a taste of some of the music that I wrote during that time on dialysis and the multiple transplants. The evening will start with a meet and greet and then I will give a brief overview of my book and why I wrote the book in the first place and you will discover a bit about my background. After the overview and questions I will play a couple of songs from the Original Gift CD and also the song that I talk about in the book. During the evening the Book and Origianl CD will be availble for purchase for £10. Book now and save a place!! If you are not local for the event, I'm sure we will catch up soon but I just wanted to let you all know that I have finally written and launched the book. It's on Amazon and several other book selling sites, including Balboa Press. To purchase a copy go to my website below and follow the links to buy one. www.philcolemanwriter.com/book/

Very pleased to be welcoming BR James back to the Phoenix Cultural Centre !!! ... See MoreSee Less

An Intimate Night with BR James

November 25, 2017, 8:00am

BR does an intimate night in Woking More information and ticket available soon

We would like to thank everyone for the massive amount of support and action they have shown since we posted our statement about the delays on the project. We have every faith in Woking people and the artists and public who have visited from further afield who have shown immense support, the fantastic Music Venues Trust who reacted immediately and are working behind the scenes to resolve this, the members of the RSA/Power To Change Community Business Leaders team who rallied around to set up information and action exchange, Woking Fairtrade reps Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum, the councillors who replied instantly and so many more....from the youngest band who we first put on aged 8 and who now play TV gigs to the oldest who learnt music late in life - you are all amazing, from the brass band players, the ukulele strummers, the punks to the poets, the photographers writers singers Mum's Dads kids nans grandads and everyone in between
THANK YOU!!!!
We may not be there yet but we are all together just as we knew everyone wants to be
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We were always about the whole community not just one part or one type of thing. We received this lovely email from Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum this morning - shared with permission

Dear Elaine,

I am so sorry to hear that you have not been able to progress Phoenix's plan for a community music venue, despite your hard work and commitment to creating a truly common space for the people Woking/Surrey. SMEF supports you in your cause and indeed our 45 diverse ethnic minority community groups were looking forward to using this space. Can we discuss coming together to lobby for this vital community facility? Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Suzanne


Suzanne Akram
Executive Director
Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum (SMEF)
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It's up to us to change.....

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Lots of people are asking for updates on taking over the Quake nightclub we were offered by Woking BC in March 2016 to make into a live music venue, The Fiery Bird, cultural centre and community space and what is happening. Rather than answer individual questions it is easier to update here.

After several dates promised over the last year and a half on when we could take it over we are still waiting for the lease. The next date we have been given is October 2017 though no specific date has been confirmed to us and as we have had 'definite' dates offered before that were unable to be met we can't have confidence in that. The end date of the lease they are offering is still not changing at March 2020. After this we understand that the area is being redeveloped, as yet no site is identified after this time for a music venue/cultural centre so post 2020 we do not know if we can obtain premises to bring all the elements of the project together to benefit the community

We are able to get several funding streams that were set up specifically for this type of project together to get this project to its aim however without a commitment on space/longevity this has stalled/blocked funding bids. Without a date we can't plan activity though we have many many contacts wanting to make things happen in there.

These are the facts and that is the current situation with all its consequential issues
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Well it is a relief to report that the parking outside the shop has reappeared - makes it ALOT easier for people to come to things especially in the evening as it is free ... See MoreSee Less

Streetlive tomorrow! 12.30pm featuring music from Will Purdue & Liza Bec and Anna Widdison plus fantastic entertainment in Jubilee Square from Mark the juggler! ... See MoreSee Less

Some lovely Woking people and our Streetlive entertainers on Sat 9 Sept ... See MoreSee Less