Maverick musician Shaun Buswell is best known for pulling together total strangers to form orchestras, and this autumn the Swindon-born composer is releasing his new studio album.

Stitched Shoes and an Irish Wristwatch will be released on Friday, December 1 through Secret Chord Records, but as usual with Shaun it is not simply an album release.

Promoter Ed Dyer said: "Shaun has set himself the challenge of performing the new album live, in its entirety, using every instrument recorded. That's around 20 musicians performing a total of 144 individual parts in 45 minutes. If he misses one instrument he fails the challenge.''

The challenge will take place in Swindon at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town on Monday, November 27 from 7.30pm.

The performance will have a core of musicians who played on the album. Also, because it was recorded over a number of years, the rest of the orchestra will be local musicians found by Shaun running up to the event.

This will be the musician's second challenge this year. In April he tackled the Paris Orchestra Challenge which saw him again team up with Swedish musician Erik Nyberg from Last Box of Sparklers. The challenge was to form a 27 piece orchestra from strangers they met in Paris, write and arrange an album of music with the group and then record 12 songs in six hours in Ferber Studios.

Shaun was born in Swindon in 1976, and began his musical journey performing solo in 1999. His project grew into a five piece by 2006 which was featured on MTV's This Is Americana, with their debut single Let Me Love.

Ed said: "Summing up his music is as enigmatic as Buswell himself. The band line-up can include classical string, brass and woodwind sections playing indie folk with the sound of Damien Rice in the spirit of Captain Beefheart. It’s something akin to taking a movie film score and condensing it into a folky pop song.''

Shaun's first challenge was for the Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra where he had to compose music for the orchestra, even though he was unable to read music, and perform a one off show in aid of the charity Kick 4 Life.

His most famous challenge was the Underground Orchestra which saw him take a year to form an orchestra from strangers he met on the London Underground, in aid of Daytrippers charity for disabled and terminally ill children. Having approached musicians who were all carrying instruments on the trains, Shaun pulled together a 68-piece orchestra who performed at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Shaun and pals will be supported at the Swindon album launch by singer/songwriter Charlie Bath and indie folk pop band Sun And The Rain Men.

Tickets are £11 and £9 concessions from 01793 524481 or visit -Flicky Harrison