The Playhouse

Penrith, CA11 7JG

6th Sept

At 7:00pm

£5 on the door

£1 off if you play

Open Mic

1-2 songs each
  • Zahra Lowzley

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

  • TBC

    You will receive a £1 off the door price if you play, doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

Open Mic Info

If you fancy playing the open mic session at Plug 'n' Play make sure to turn up early to reserve a slot. You will also receive a £1 off the door price if you play.

Doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £5 on the door.

About Zahra Lowzley

Biography


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Robyn "Zahra" Lowsley ...." I was born in the South West of England and taken by a family to live in Northern England. My father played the piano when he was young, we had a toy piano at the house, the kind with light-up keys and only two octaves.

When I was seven there was a school production where by students showed their talents, I didn't have one but I wanted to perform something so I told them I could play the piano, which I could not but the school had a piano so I would try to play it as much as I could and in a few weeks after I performed without tutoring. I didn't know any notes, I just played by ear, the audience seemed to enjoy it. I kept playing with the toy piano and other piano's when I could, not learning any theory and under no guidance. When I was nine a piano tutor heard me play and approached my parents telling them I should have tuition. They agreed and I spent around four years under Classical tuition for piano. At this age all I listened to was Classical music.

I always would carry a musical notebook around with me, no instrument, just writing down music that I heard in my mind. By the time I was fifteen I had many books filled with compositions including a few symphonies, but mostly quartet pieces.

When I was ten I begged my parents at every birthday and Christmas to get me a guitar but each year I waited and waited another year until one year I got 30 euro from my grand parents when I was thirteen, so I went out and bought myself a classical Honher guitar for 30 euro.

I had stopped the piano tuition because the teacher would not teach me any other style than classical.

When I started the guitar I had no idea how to play it. I actually started playing it on my lap and would tap on the frets...no pluck. I think maybe that came from playing piano and it made sense for me to play it that way.

From when I first started working I would buy new instruments. About every six months.

The order that I learned to play them went....piano, bass, guitar, percussion, organ with pedals, harmonica, mandolin, digereedoo, balalaika, banjo, violin, lap steel, dulcimer, erhu and finally the Ukulele. Although I have played many other instruments but not to the same degree.

I knew from as long as I can remember that I wanted to be a creative person. The way I approach music is no different to how I approach painting or writing a poem, they are all the same to me".

About Plug 'n' Play

Plug 'n' Play is run by local people, for local people.

About ten years ago, Phil Caton recognised that there was a need for a venue in Penrith where musicians and singers could perform live in front of an audience. Over the years, the format changed slightly and we started to invite professional artists to headline the night, with a Plug 'N' Play slot at the start of the evening. We have seen some amazing performances from international stars like Tommy EmmanuelJohn RenbourneKieran HalpinBob BrozmanMartin StephensonKristina Olsen and the late Isaac Guillory.

Many local people have made their stage debut here and several have formed bands with other performers they have met at the sessions. We have heard every genre of music played at Plug 'N' Play – rockbluesfolkjazzheavy metaljug band, appalachian – and we’ve even had poetry recitations.

If you have any names of performers you would like to put forward for future sessions, please speak to any of the team or post it to the website / facebook group and we’ll consider it when we meet to discuss the programme.

Thanks to Penrith Players for their continued support in helping us to keep Plug 'N' Play afloat.  They also supply the bar staff, who all work voluntarily, which is much appreciated.

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The Team

Meet the volunteering who help make Plug 'n' Play happen.

Speaker 2

Tom Corda-Stanley

Speaker 2

David Simpson

Speaker 2

Chris Archer

Speaker 2

Jackie Knox

Speaker 2

Phil Saunders

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  • Do You Want To Take The Stage At Plug 'n' Play?

    All the sound equipment is set up before the session so that singers and musicians can, literally, just plug in and play. Soundman Tom Corda-Stanley and Chris Archer will be on hand to ensure that the equipment runs smoothly. New performers are always welcome and you can be assured of awarm response from the audience who have supported Plug 'n' Play over the years. If you do want to perform, just make contact with any of the team at the start of the evening or call Jackie Knox on 01768 867845

  • What Equipment is Ready Set Up?

    2x SM58 Dynamic Microphones, 2x SM57 Dynamic Microphones 2x DI Boxes, Soundcraft MPMi 12 Multi Purpose Mixer, Alesis Rever Unit, Behringer FBQ3102 Graphic Equalizer and 1 RCA Stage Monitor.

    On Request Equipment - Please contact us before you come if you would like to use any of the equipment below.

    2x Further DI Boxes, 4x Further SM58 Dynamic Microphones, Roland Electric Piano and Standard Drum Kit