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Mick Leary - organ &

Since moving up to Briston in Norfolk back in 2004, Mick soon began finding work playing his beloved Hammond XT100 organ and Farfisa TK95 keyboard at many venues and functions throughout the county - and still does some work back in East Sussex too. But his associations with music go back a very long way before that, however ...

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MickLeary

Above : Mick and his Hammond at the Hailsham Organ Club, September 2008 - photo by Brian Hamper

Mick started playing the piano at the age of 5, and became interested in the organ in his mid teens, when he purchased a Farfisa Compact Duo portable organ; he soon started working as a duo with drummer Bill Dudman (who later became a lighting cameraman for the BBC, with shows such as 'Blackadder'). He worked for both Tansley and Cooke and Southern Organs as an organ salesman, later changing to a full time teacher. He was also a joint founder of the magazine 'Electronic Organ Review' in the late 70s/early 80s, and when the newly formed company 'Aura sounds' introduced Wersi organs into the UK, they not only used the magazine as a launch vehicle for these wonderful organs, but they also took Mick on as their demonstrator, and for several years, Mick toured all over the UK demonstrating the organs, and actually building his own Wersi Orion organ from a kit! He had two shows on 'Swansea Sound', and also visited the Wersi homeland of Germany.

He started playing at 'The Barley Mow', a well-known East Sussex nightspot, where together with the delightful girl drummer Chris Killik, they entertained large crowds every weekend with music for dancing and backing cabaret. In 1984, he took on a new pupil, one Carol Parsons, who became his life partner, and in 1985 they set up EmJay Music, initially working from home, but moving into their first shop in 1986. The business grew, but eventually the relative calm of enchanting Norfolk made them decide to sell up and move 180 miles up the road to Briston, where they sell new and used organs, keyboards and digital pianos via the Internet, and at local fairs and functions.

Mick is now very much in demand for functions, and is getting a good local reputation for his catchy music and laid back humour!

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