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‘EXCITING YEAR AHEAD’: Open mic night gives Abbots Langley musicians the spotlight

 Published on: 15th December 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Henderson HUB hosted another successful Live ‘N’ Local open mic night last month for Abbots Langley’s local singer/songwriters.

The first half of the show saw 10-minute sets by local musicians Trevor Thomas, Tom Lavin, Mark Blanchard, Max Stein and John Basely, and was rounded off with a performance by the night’s impresario Ed Coan.

Ed said: “The purpose of Live ’N’ Local is to give a forum for local people to write their own songs and to play them publicly. It doesn’t matter how inexperienced they are, the objective is to provide them with a stage on which they can show us what they’ve got.”

For the second half, the audience was treated to a set by the Sarah Munro Band. Sarah’s singing career started at Berkhamsted School where in 2013 she received the Young Musician of the Year award for one of her own compositions.

She has toured the UK playing at festivals, concert halls and at the BBC. Her debut album Say Hello to You was released in September 2016 followed by Angel Road in 2018.

Sarah performed on guitar and keyboard and was accompanied by Mark on bass and Arthur on cajon.

Sarah said: “We have an exciting year ahead with a new album being released in 2020.”

The set was rounded off with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Autumn Leaves, one of the band’s favourites.

Live ’N’ Local will be returning again to the Henderson HUB in February. Musicians who want to perform their own compositions at this event can get in touch with Ed Coan to book a 10-minute set. Contact him by e-mailing

Tickets to listen to the performances will be £5.00 on the door and a licensed bar will be available throughout the evening.

Photo courtesy of Geri Mihaylove

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