Jam sessions are thriving

PUBLISHED: 16:14 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010

LAST Thursday saw the last of this year s Fenland Jam events, at which dozens of musicians from across the district meet at Ely s Lamb Hotel to play. Fenland Jam has gone from strength to strength since its beginning in the summer, and looks set to reach

LAST Thursday saw the last of this year's Fenland Jam events, at which dozens of musicians from across the district meet at Ely's Lamb Hotel to play.

Fenland Jam has gone from strength to strength since its beginning in the summer, and looks set to reach new heights when it begins again on Thursday, January 25.

One of its organisers, Stephen Mingay, said: "It started off essentially as an event to pull musicians of all ages and skills together to play, because there was nowhere in Ely to welcome us.

"As a result, a number of bands have formed and we've been really well supported by ADeC and Fenland Music."

The event, which takes place on the last Thursday of every month, has proved particularly popular with musical youngsters, who are given encouragement and tuition by older, more experienced players.

A fund-raising jam is also planned for the spring to raise money for the Magpas first responders scheme, and organisers hope to take the event to different locations across the district.

Nathan Jones at ADeC said: "Fenland Jam has become something of a phenomenon over the past six months and we are proud to support it. "Everyone is encouraged to get up and have a wail, bang or strum with the emphasis being on getting involved rather than showing off.

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