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Spot the stars busking on Northampton’s high streets

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Northampton’s Saturday shoppers may not have realised the guitarist playing on the corner of Abington Street was Dan Storey - guitarist for pop supremo Tinie Tempah.

The hour-long performance during the morning was part of a new project by music producer and performer Jonathan Luchow, who is hoping to run a series of busking slots from top professional musicians.

The so called ‘Shed Sessions’ are also set to see the artists hosting a masterclass at a selected indoor venue in the town, where other budding performers will be able to quiz them on playing techniques.

Jonathan, 29, who is from London and a full-time youth worker, said: “This will be something I will be looking to do regularly, every two or three months, where I’ll bring these current musicians to share their journey and to show how they got where they are.

“This is also about getting young people involved in the awesome medium that is music.”

Jonathan has set up Facebook page ‘Shed Northampton’ to promote the ad-hoc performances in the run up to the chosen dates.

He says he intends to use various venues around the town for the masterclass sessions after the performance.

The term ‘shedding’ was coined in the US to describe gatherings of musicians getting together to share tips and techniques.

Rita Ora’s drummer and the bass guitarist for rapper Wretch 32 were among guests when Jonathan previously ran masterclasses in Scarborough.

“I just know a lot of musicians having been around the scene in London for so long,” he said, “I guess I just managed to convince them.”

“I thought it would be so cool to have these professionals come and play in the town on a Saturday.

“It was a really strange thing to see people taking photos of Dan and getting to see him play for free, they probably had no idea he usually plays with Tinie Tempah.”

 

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