Hayling Island Music Studio Celebrates End Of Lockdown Restrictions By Helping Performers Get Involved In Upcoming Hi Fest Event As Musicians Return

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Therapy Room Music Studio welcomed artists to the studio as Covid restrictions were lifted.

The studio is run by Ian Maclaughlin, producer and engineer, and his wife Jane, who designs and produces the musicians’ CDs in-house.

The musicians rehearsed for the upcoming three-day Hi Fest music festival which will take place July 23-25.

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Singer Karen Williams (61) is happy to be behind a microphone again at the Therapy Room recording studio. Photo: Mike Cooter (190721)

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Jane said: “It’s been nice, we just had some friends in the studio. It was nice to be home with people around, having fun and listening to music.

“The artists we have today are Mark Handley and Karen Williams.”

As musicians, Ian and Jane are keen to promote live music and have decided to start a special project to celebrate the end of the lockdown restrictions.

Ian MacLaughlin (68) with wife Jane MacLaughlin (61) celebrating the reopening of the Therapy Room recording study on Hayling Island. Photo: Mike Cooter (190721)

They will be hosting an afternoon event on the Hi Fest Beach Stage on July 24 from 2pm to 7pm.

The Therapy Room Music Studio – so named because it is “something relaxing for musicians,” Jane said – will provide advance recording facilities for the artists involved this afternoon, as well as the loan. from sound equipment to the musicians involved, and will also play in some of the bands.

They will sell CDs of the groups involved who have recorded in the studio.

Handcrafted CD Masters at the Therapy Room recording studio. Photo: Mike Cooter (190721)

Jane said: “This is a scene on the beach, The Plaza in Eastoke Corner, where everyone wants to be!”

“The motivation was the end of the Covid regulations, and the return of our recording artists and support for the charitable part of Hi-Fest.

“The goal is to help the Hayling Island charity, the Hayling Lions, which are supported by the festival – we do it for free.

“Let’s celebrate – get out playing again. If you own a pub, maybe you invite a musician.

Hayling Island musician Mark Handley (64) strumming in one of the session rooms at the Therapy Room recording studio. Photo: Mike Cooter (190721)

Therapy Room Music Studio, which launched in 2016 and has grown over the years, hopes to build another drum studio next year.

All Hi Fest events are free with the exception of one paid event – The Wall of Floyd band – which takes place at the Community Center on July 23.

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Ian MacLaughlin (68) in the control room of the Therapy Room recording studio on Hayling Island. Photo: Mike Cooter (190721)


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