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Small Business Saturday – Free Assessment

I’m not usually one to bang the drum for small businesses, because I don’t think it’s the size of a business that matters so much as the service, the reach, the staff, the product and everything else that goes into a successful firm.

However, I’m encouraged by the increase in sole trading and small businesses I see around me, and I’m jumping on this particular bandwagon to lend my voice to the crowd. Yes, we’re small, but we are often passionate, direct, responsive, and able to focus more tightly on the needs of our customers.

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Gigging for Charity

I’m gigging this year to support a charitable effort this summer. Between August 13th and 16th I hope to be cycling from one side of the North of England to the other. It’s all in aid of Kids UK, and to raise funds for this mammoth jaunt I’m offering to gig for charity.

Think of it as a two-for-one. If you agree to sponsor me for the ride, I’ll come and play for you. I’d be more than happy to provide music for a function or background to a dinner; a performance gig or melodic wallpaper to your event. Continue reading »

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Make Friends Easily

Yesterday I had the pleasure of coffee with James Guerrini from Mediaraft. He’s a nice bloke, and it was great to introduce ourselves, identify some areas of overlap and chat about how we might work together or for each other in future, who we could introduce to one another and so forth.

Mediaraft is based in the Talent Navigator Enterprise Hub in Walsall, so they’re local too. I like this because it means working with people I can meet face to face from time to time rather than conducting everything by phone or e-mail.

How did this meeting come about? I managed to appear in a list of suggested accounts to follow on Twitter. You can follow Mediaraft here, and me by clicking on the feed to the right of this page. Of course, I’m a massive fan of Internet based collaboration, but to see it work this easily is heartening.

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Some interesting times and forthcoming gigs.

Well, the school of Music Theory didn’t really take off. I’m still keeping the learning resources to hand in case a future use presents itself, and on that note I’m still happy to discuss options for schools who might want full or half day sessions.

The big news is that Dischord have been booked for a gig in September and had a triumphant Sunday afternoon jam in Walsall Arboretum last month.

Also in September, and October I’m honoured to be performing a couple of small gigs supporting evening events for charity. Although invite-only, it’s a great chance to do what I do best – make music and enjoy doing so.

Plans are afoot for Christmas Carolling in pubs around Aldridge and Walsall. If you want to get on board or suggest venues, by all means check out the Ales Beers and Carols blog.

 

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New Project is Notable

An exciting new project is in the offing – in association with Mapseeker Studios I have established a school of Music Theory and Composition. Hurrah!

More information is available here.

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Composition was the main thrust of my degree dissertation anyway, and I never get the opportunity to properly teach theory; it’s always in a rush as people realise they need Grade V to go any further. I’m not happy to leave theory as a “chore” exam that must be passed. Good theoretical knowledge unlocks the potential for compositional technique and gives deeper context to how we play our instruments. It’s vital core knowledge, and much better if taught early on to students who aren’t up against an exam deadline.

At any rate, we’re off. The school launches on Thursday 8th May.

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Down the busy road to Bedforshire

Ordinarily, I consider the M1 more of an obstacle to progress than a conduit, but I’ll be driving down to Bedford three times this week in pursuit of delights which can be afforded only through the medium of improvised pantomime.

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Music for Weddings

One of the most joyous things I get to do as a musician is play for weddings. Tonight I’m off to Aldridge Parish Church to meet a bunch of happy couples getting married in the coming year to tell them about the music we can offer, and help them if they need any advice.

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Live at the Tree House

Talk about putting the gig in giggle! We played last night to the massed crowds of Kenilworth (or at least the three who turned up) at the Tree House Bookshop.

Andy and I (as Dischord) had an absolute blast. With unusual presence of mind, I recorded some bits of the gig, and we’ve put out an EP for folks to listen to. I hope you thoroughly enjoy it, as much as we enjoyed playing.

 

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Writing for String Quartet

I met the Mercian String Quartet last weekend. We were both hired to play at a wedding in Aldridge, and it was great to work with them. It’s nice to have found some “classical” collaborators who can cope with my improv streak. Continue reading »

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Live in the Tree House

I’ve just confirmed a gig at The Tree House Bookshop in Kenilworth. Details are available here on Facebook, if you want to see a map and confirm attendance there.

If you fancy coming, but don’t use Facebook, just let me know via another channel (a comment here, even) and we’ll factor you in. I don’t expect we’ll push the capacity of the venue, but it would be good to know you’ll be there. It kicks off at 8 o’clock in the evening on November 14th.

I’m delighted to be able to do a small scale gig somewhere interesting, and to share in the fun, Andy Arnold will be joining me on guitar. Continue reading »

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