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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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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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Interesting Gig Proposal

I received an e-mail today from Najma Hush. She’s a very nice person who is launching an exhibition at the Ort Café on Friday February 21st.

You can see details of the event on Facebook.
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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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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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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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Wallpaper Music

Tricky one this…

Most of the gigs I’ve ever done have been as a backing musician. Backing in a band, backing a choir, backing an event. Solo gigs have certainly happened in the context of a social or dinner event and therefore I have been a side attraction at best.

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Oh dear, what an anticlimax.

It’s been a disappointing day today. Continue reading »

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Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival

We’re playing at the first Solihull festival today, with sets at 12 and 3. This on the back of a very productive day recording yesterday. When I joined the band in January I had no idea we’d be enjoying this level of busy-ness:

Friday night we played at the White Lion in Walsall.

Saturday night we were at The Bell, Harborne.

Yesterday we recorded some material for a forthcoming release.

Today we’re at the Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival.

Thursday we’re at the Crossroads Blues Club.

Saturday we’re on the road to Taff’s Well, near Cardiff.

…and it’s only just the beginning of the summer!

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Another gig, in a proper Blues venue!

So the band is back on the road. In a very real sense, the first gig was the rehearsal for this one. We’re here, at the Robin 2 in Bilston on Feb 29th, supporting Big Boy Bloater and it’s my big chance to prove I can hack it with the big boys.

To that end, I’ve actually resorted to preparation and a little bit of practising, This is going to be a great night, a true and apt celebration of the leap year, because quite literally gigs like this don’t come round very often.

If you want to come down and see us, let me know and I’ll try to sort out some advance tickets through the band.

The only really big challenge will be waking up Thursday morning.

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