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D Stone
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Bedford, Beds  United Kingdom www.glass-cage.com/dianas_blog/ Joined July 2004
Songwriter and multi instrumentalist
I am a Musician and composer, playing Keyboards Violin and Guitar, but I also work in IT doing programing so I am sort of geeky. I was also involved in starting an artists agency. I have a partner that I have been with for quite a while. Official Bio About Diana Stone Diana is a performing composer and musician playing Piano Violin & Guitar, synths and other stuff. She was a founder member of Rock/Roots band Elephant Shelf and also the Delta Ladies. She composes in a variety of styles from pop to rock to Jazz and and classical music .Diana is also expert in multi-media recording and music production. Glass Cage is the name that Diana's solo projects use. have been playing various instruments since I was about 15. I started on Harmonica, because it looked easy and it was cheap. I didn't get on that well with it though. I had always enjoyed the Piano but where I was living it was not possible for the family to have one frustratingly. We tried to get my Grandmas old piano, but sadly we lived in an upstairs flat and could not get it in. I made do with something called a reed organ, which was a bit like a harmonium with an electric blower. I did learn some basic things on it though. I also had a guitar which I made serious efforts with too. One instrument I had always really liked was the Violin and I started playing that too. You can read more on my blog http://www.glass-cage.com/dianas_blog/
In loving memory of Vicky Martin 1947 2019 Dec 27, 2019
I had known Vicky Martin since 2004. Since then we played around 3500 gigs of various kinds. She was at that time looking for a keyboard player. I had been playing music and recording for many years but till then had not done many live performances. When I joined I expected that it might be the case of the odd gig at the weekend twice a month. Vicky had other ideas and by the start of 2005, we were already doing around 10 gigs a month on average. A lot of these were in pubs, some of which were a bit rough at best. In those days I often travelled to gigs alone and having not having adjusted to musician time, I would turn up early. That was a rapid learning curve. The smoking ban had not come in yet either so a lot of these places were the brown nicotine-stained variety. The years went by in somewhat of a blur. I left my full time job at the Civil Service in 2008 and most of my time was spent with music of various sorts. THere were really about 5 different bands that we had in all the various combinations. Elephant Shelf, Jessie Pies Cleavage of Death (Jessie was at the time a very talented Burlesque Performer, and is also a songwriter and a very good artist and painter), The Delta ladies, A swing/jazz group, and another act that filled the gaps between. Over the years we were also privileged to meet and work with some very wonderful musicians and also managed to interview quite a few others too. Whilst we were doing that Vicky also wrote for music magazines, acted as an agent for other acts, which she was still doing and still being an ordained minister of the church often gave the service at funerals when money was a bit tight. Vicky had fallen away from the church but was a person faith though in later years in the agnostic sense. the truth values of certain claims especially metaphysical and religious claims such as whether or not God, the divine or the supernatural exist are unknown and perhaps unknowable Her belief was a bit like the famous Patrick Moore quote about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life We just dont know Recently we were intended to set up a folk club at a URC in Enfield. The church of England often has a close relationship with real ale drinkers and so it was that Vicky became friends with the local Rev and his Mrs after meeting at the Little Green Dragon, a micropub near to Vicky's apartment. We had an event planned Concert against Racism on Friday 3 May organised with the Local Labour Party which Vicky was also a member of for about the last 4 years. After some debate, we have decided to go ahead with it as a combined fundraiser for various charities and a celebration of Vickys life with live music and some Ales. We hope that many of Vickys friends and co-conspirators will be there. Vickys health was reasonable up until the last, though Vicky had a quadruple bypass op in 2014 and also had congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation so we knew she would not be around forever. In the last few months, it was apparent that she was tired and finding things much more of an effort and we were reducing our gigs to around 80 a year. Vickys death was sudden though and she leaves a very big gap. She also helped many people over the years without making any fuss. I was with her in her last moments and she had shown no signs of distress at any point. Our last words were about the next gig we were to play that weekend.