The first band to emerge from the Composed project made their debut appearance at an open mic night at The Saracens Head in Deal earlier this month. On 5th April, "The Octagons" performed a set of original songs which they have been working on supported by Oliver "Kotchin" Seagar from Music for Change, Steve Chapman from Skillnet Group and assisted by Composed volunteer Saffie Haike.
The Octagons sound mixes up acoustic instruments with drum machines and sampled loops played live. Jacob Gooderham played the drums laying down some solid rhythms, Martin Sayer triggered the samples and drum machine, Joshua Wilkinson took to the mic for vocals along with William Laws who impressed everyone with his vocal dexterity and rapping skills. They were accompanied by Oliver "Kotchin" Seagar on acoustic guitar and vocals and Saffie Haike on bass. Tom Seaton, who contributed to the songwriting, was unable to appear but was duly name checked during the set.
Following their set, The Octagons were joined by local musicians for an improvised jam - if there were enough instruments to go around I am sure the whole pub would have joined in.
The band have been invited back to play at The Saracens Head (to be arranged) and they have also been confirmed to appear at Dover Multi-Cultural festival at Pencester Gardens on May 20th. See you there?