Jazz drummer Sebastian Rochford plays to the public from the back of a white van

Sebastian Rochford drums to the public from the back of the white van

Onlookers listen to the beat

Passers-by listen to the drumming sounds coming from the white van parked in Exhibition Square

Passers-by listen to the drumming sounds coming from the white van parked in Exhibition Square

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WHEN was the last time a white van man drew a round of applause?

Step forward Sebastian Rochford, the crazy-haired jazz drummer from Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, who spent yesterday in the back of a Ford box van, bashing away on his drums with the doors shut, in 20-minute spells in Leeds, York, Malton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley.

Simon Thackray, impresario of all things unconventional at The Shed in Ryedale, had invited Rochford to take to the road for another of his Art Event specialities. This time you could hear the musician, although you could not see him, but put your head against the side of the van, or slide underneath, and you could certainly feel it.

Bootham School teacher Richard Barnes and his art class sixth-formers were among those drawn to the noise emanating from the parked van by the fountain in Exhibition Square in York at 11am. “Seeing the van shaking and then seeing people putting their ear to it…when I did that, it became incredibly exciting and rather than being an observer, you became part of it,” said Richard. “You could feel your heart suddenly pumping faster.”

Sebastian has played with everyone from David Bowie to Herbie Hancock, but his Van Gig was a first for him, his solo debut. “I trust Simon. I’ve always enjoyed everything I’ve done with him at The Shed, and I just thought it sounded like a fun idea. I thought, ‘yeah, why not?’” he said.

So it proved. “It’s a quite a strange feeling, not knowing if there’s anyone outside but it’s nice just playing the drums anyway as that’s what I enjoy doing,” he said.

Tonight, Rochford will join theramin player Pamelia Kurstin for an 8pm gig at The Shed at Brawby Village Hall. Box office: 01653 668494.

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11:51am Sat 25 Sep 10

TooRelaxed says...

I agree with blimp on this one...
I agree with blimp on this one... TooRelaxed
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4:44pm Sat 25 Sep 10

RingoStarr says...

I hope they gave Etty some ear plugs!
I hope they gave Etty some ear plugs! RingoStarr
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6:49pm Sat 25 Sep 10

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it. More please!

(Hey TooRelaxed - we're wondering how you knew that we'd be flagging this one up?)
Brilliant, love it. More please! (Hey TooRelaxed - we're wondering how you knew that we'd be flagging this one up?) Blimp
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8:19pm Sat 25 Sep 10

dodgydave says...

..Maybe he will play with Van halen or Van Morrisson sometime? ...Or even with Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zant?
..Maybe he will play with Van halen or Van Morrisson sometime? ...Or even with Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zant? dodgydave
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1:22am Sun 26 Sep 10

charles dance says...

That perm is so intense
That perm is so intense charles dance
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9:05am Sun 26 Sep 10

pedalling paul says...

Hope he didn't drown out the sightseeing bus commentaries in Exhibition Square.....!
Hope he didn't drown out the sightseeing bus commentaries in Exhibition Square.....! pedalling paul
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2:56pm Sun 26 Sep 10

Pedro says...

I hope you gets to hang around with some musicians soon.
I hope you gets to hang around with some musicians soon. Pedro
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9:20pm Sun 26 Sep 10

TooRelaxed says...

Blimp wrote:
Brilliant, love it. More please!

(Hey TooRelaxed - we're wondering how you knew that we'd be flagging this one up?)
Just a hunch... or is there a timewarp? ;)
Truth is your mantra is fitting here whether or not you were going to post it, I was just quoting you in a roundabout way.
[quote][p][bold]Blimp[/bold] wrote: Brilliant, love it. More please! (Hey TooRelaxed - we're wondering how you knew that we'd be flagging this one up?)[/p][/quote]Just a hunch... or is there a timewarp? ;) Truth is your mantra is fitting here whether or not you were going to post it, I was just quoting you in a roundabout way. TooRelaxed
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