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What's new with Dick Smith

Coming up

New mixed level ukulele class

This class is in Walthamstow on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. It's a mixed ability class with sections of the group playing different parts. If you can play a few of the basic chords, this class could be for you. Some sections are learning to finger pick or play solo melody lines, whilst those with less ability strum the chords in the rhythm section.

What's Dick been up to?

Catastrophe season 3 starts Tuesday 28th February 10pm on Channel 4

Dick has been busy recording for season 3 of the comedy "Catastrophe". Episode one starts Tuesday 28th February at 10pm on Channel 4: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/catastrophe Warning! It contains some banjo...


Dick Smith was a former member of the LOST T-Shirts of Atlantis who are actually number 6 on the countdown of Glastonsbury's greatest ever acts published by The Telegraph.

Have a look at the article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/glastonbury/10912208/The-100-best-Glastonbury-performances-ever.html

WAM Concerts announced for this summer:

Sunday 13th July – WAM with Natural Natural Voices at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, @ 4.30pm

Saturday 26th July – WAM @ Walthamstow Garden Party. A free weekend of music, theatre, food and family fun! Lloyd Park, E17

Saturday 13th Septemebr - WAM @ The Stow Festival The Stow Festival is an annual award-winning music festival established in Walthamstow in 2011 at the Town Square. Over 80 musical acts and performers in 23 different venues across the three festivals.

Smiling Sessions

Dick is currently also working on new projects for the Smiling Sessions (with guitarist Pete Baikie, singer and violinist Alison Jones and banjo player Dick Smith).

The Smiling Sessions on Facebook

TV Theme Tunes Recordings

Dick recorded famous TV theme tunes for a competition to win Mumford and Sons tickets at the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio.

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Dick played at the Calgary Folk Music Festival in 2012 with Lisa Knapp.

Second Trip to Tanzania

In December 2012, Dick travelled to Tanzania a second time.

Charity trip to Tanzania

Dick travelled around Tanzania in 2011 or two weeks in December to play at charity event and perform at local hospitals and schools.

Dick lends his musical talents to the Editors-Razorlight Christmas album

Dick recently did a recording session for Editors lead singer, Tom Smith's Christmas album. Tom is collaborating with Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows on the album.

Dick teaches Marc Warren - the lead in Cool Hand Luke - to play the banjo

Banjo teacher Dick Smith has been coaching Marc Warren for his lead role in the West End production of Cool Hand Luke. Marc is best known for his British television roles as Danny Blue in Hustle, Dougie Raymond in The Vice and Dominic Foy in State of Play. Catch the show from Friday 23rd September to 7th January 2012 at The Aldwych Theatre.

See Dick's Cool Hand Luke creatives bio here.

The Stow Festival (29th September - 2nd October)

Dick and other members of the Walthamstow Acoustic Massive curated at The Hornbeam Cafe venue for The Stow Festival. As well as performing with the Massive, Dick also offered an open ukulele workshop for adult beginners at the festival from 2-4pm on Saturday 1st October.