Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Dave's Recordings

For many years now, Nick Rabett has been producing beautiful black and white photographs of musicians who have gigged at the club. Until 2011, almost all of the photos in the brochure, and all of the popup and display photographs are his, except for some older photographs that were in the stairwell of The Fleece (which we no longer have room for). While Nick is no longer associated with the club, we treasure his photography.

Two people have come up trumps with photographs: Peter Fairman has been taking pictures at most of our recent gigs. Peter Evans takes pictures of some of our big events. Both can be seen in our gallery.

Since August of 2005, Dave Lyons has been recording live gigs at the club.
If musicians wish to have a gig recorded, please look at this recording information.

Here are some chances to see and hear the musicians.

The following gigs were recorded at the Fleece, Boxford. The entire gig is safe on Dave's hard disks, but I am allowed a clip of about one minute to be published.

This 2002 gig was recorded, mixed, mastered, produced, and drawn by Andy Cleyndert. It is for sale at Andy's label, www.triorecords.co.uk.

And at Kersey Mill

And now at Stoke by Nayland Club

And classical music at Lion Walk Church

and at St Botolphs Church

and in Professor Peter Holman's front lounge

  • ... and more to come ...

Clip quality

The clips are mp3's, so the quality will not be at CD level. The recordings themselves are, in fact, better than CD quality.

Some notes on recording

The club, through Dave, now has the facilities for recording gigs. They are done for archival purposes (with the express permission of the musicians), or by request, and are not available for sale or copy.

If a band wants to request a recording, contact dave@jazzatthefleece.org.uk, and please, a little notice and a rig spec are really appreciated.

The recordings can be done in two ways.

  • A stereo pair can be used, picking up the ambient sound.
  • Up to 28 tracks (10 is normal) can be recorded, and later mixed (not that I have access to that many mics!)
For multi-track recording, the sound direct from the mic preamps is used, unequalised, no reverb, providing the largest amount of information from which to mix. A typical big mix might be
  • Piano - contact mics and an ambient mic
  • Sax - a bug is nice, otherwise a 57B or MK012
  • Trumpet - SM58 or 57B or MK012. Equalisation for mutes is done at the mix stage
  • Guitar - NT5 on the guitar and another on the amp
  • Bass - mic the instrument, and di from the amp.
  • Drums - two overheads, a kick mic, snare and high hat
  • Singer - SM58B or a Röde M3 or whatever she/he brings
  • Ambient - two SM58s to pick up audience, and
  • Safety - a mono channel from the live desk.
That is 17 inputs. We can cope with 28 (if we had that many mics).