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Dream come true as local girl takes to Maidstone stage

Thursday 8th February 2018

IT WILL be a dream come true for Becky Eden-Green when the former Larkfield resident finally returns to the stage in Maidstone.

The 33-year-old has been part of renowned Ceilidh-swing band Steamchicken for almost 10 years – but it is only know that the group have played in the county town.

They will perform at Pizza Express in the town on Friday March 9, and Becky can’t wait.

“It’s going to be great to be back in Maidstone,” she said. “I really haven’t been back to Maidstone for years and I’m not sure I’ll recognise the place.

“I used to watch a lot of gigs at the Union Bar in Pudding Lane, and I’ve played in a number of venues, but I’ve never played at the Pizza Express venue before.

“There’s going to be lots of my family there. A lot of my friends have moved away but I hope to see some familiar faces there.”

Becky, who went to Brookfield Junior School and Invicta Grammar before studying music at Leeds University, worked as a teacher but now spends her time working for a company that provides teaching resources online, coupled with a music project in hospitals.

Now living in Sheffield, she co-founded Brightside with another Yorkshire-based musician, and the group go into three hospitals in the area providing music.

“We’re not music therapy, but we provide a service to patients,” she added. “We have a repertoire of music, so we can either play calming music or if there’s a youngster jumping around, we can be more upbeat.

“We provide small hand-held percussion instruments for people too. It’s really rewarding and interesting – it’s changed my life.”

Becky plays alto-saxophone in Steamchicken, and credits her teachers at Invicta for getting her into this type of music.

“I used to play classical clarinet, but it was pretty boring,” she said. “But my music teachers encouraged me to try the saxophone.

“Music was a large part of my social life growing up and it’s really exciting to be back in Maidstone to play this gig.”

Picture: Elly Lucas