Archive for April, 2005

Dartington plus

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

There’s been some amazing music this week at Dartington. The Cut collective packed out one of the studios on Thursday afternoon, while in the evening Seth Lakeman played at the Great Hall – a really good atmosphere at both gigs. Finally, I headed to the Roundhouse at 10.30 for some really great jazz, courtesy of the Andy Hague quintet.

Friday was fantastic too – a showcase of three Dartington singer-songwriters in the afternoon, and a very impressive freestyle / beatbox set from Dave Marrow in the Rat in the evening.

The whole South West Sound event has been really cool. Friday’s symposium was especially good, with a load of workshops. And it’s not often you get to chat over lunch with the co-founder of Food records and Dave Eringa, (who produced most of the Manics and Idlewild albums)!

Sunday 1st May – Barrel House, Totnes

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

I’m doing a slot at the Barrel House “Big Hand Club” in Totnes, Sunday 1st May. Hopefully with James Sawyer, an incredible drummer from Birmingham (not sure he knows that he’s going to be accompanying me yet, but I’ll give him a hand-drum and I’m sure he’ll be fine).

Lots of interesting music

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

It’s the South West Sound symposium this week, and Dartington is alive with music!

I stumbled on a really lively night at the Castle, featuring an amazing fiddle / guitar duo. The Castle was packed – and I’ve never seen so many people in there actually listening to and enjoying the music. There were loads of friends there too – so a great night.

I’ve just come back from a showcase at the Ariel Centre. This included sets by Pete Bernard and Rosie Lowe. Both of whom were excellent.. though showcases are always a strange environment in which to see bands.

Songwriting

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Went to a fantastic party in Totnes on Friday night, then up early the next day for a weekend-long songwriting workshop, run by Julian Marshall of Wiggly lines management, who also happens to be a good songwriter. There was a good line-up of tutors, including Pete Bernard, who’s an excellent songwriter and performer. It was a good weekend… I tried to write stuff in a completely different way from what I would normally do. It sort-of worked! I certainly came up with things I wouldn’t have otherwise! It was also interesting to work with other people… a kind-of collaborative excercise that meant compromise but also quite a lot of inspiration.

That evening was the Dartington Ball. A fantastic evening. Peter and Adrian – also on the songwriting course – also came along to the ball and we all had a great time. There was some good music too – provided by the Gentlemen Rebels, plus Plymouth’s favourite drum’n’bass/jazz DJ brand Jelly Jazz. A great evening. Finished a bit too soon but hey… lots of fun!

Up the next day far too early after crashing over at Dartington. Was a little bit dopey for the songwriting workshop, but came up with some good stuff I think… and learnt quite a bit too!

Have met some good musicians and songwriters over the weekend, many of whom I’ll hopefully stay in contact with.

London, Trade Justice, and music!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Ages since I updated this… I’m going to post a few blog entries now quickfire to make up for it!

15th April

The Trade Justice gig in the Marquee club, Leicester Square, was fantastic. Loads of great bands playing – including Gruff Rhys from the Super Furries, and BraveCaptain (ex-Boo Radleys… who I relentlessly pursued and handed my demo to). Plus a DJ set from Bobby Friction. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Also danced with the two prettiest girls in the building, hehehee! Afterwards was a huge (10,000 turnout) protest in Westminster. Unfortunately (rather embarasingly) we couldn’t find our way there, and so got the night bus back, arriving at the hotel at 5am. A good night though!

The next day I was on my way to Portsmouth… I had intended to travel up there the day before, but the trade justice gig was too good a prospect to miss.

Getting to Portsmouth cost only a quid… amazing. Went to a party there, then headed back on the train to Totnes the next day.

Monday, 18th April

Did music with TuneRise during the day – more vocal takes for the EP. Everything’s sounding good. Looking foward to the release! Then went to the 3 Fat Fish to play a couple of songs in the evening, before heading back on the train to Totnes.

Tuesday, 19th April

Did music with Substation all afternoon, then headed off to play at the Bac Bar. Got there about 11 pm. Didn’t know anyone but was nattering away to people. Had a great time. Played about 11.45 but got carried away and was still on at about 12.10… the train back was 10 minutes later… I had no idea how to get to the station. Luckilly I found it with 30 seconds to spare. It was the last train back – spending the night in Plymouth might not have been fun!

Wednesday, 20th April

Left early for Somerset, to work on web-design related stuff for a few days. Back Friday, ready for a party and then a weekend of songwriting…

Friday, April 15th, 2005

I’m in London at the moment. Just seen a very impressive performance by the Love Gods, at the Water Rats. Good stuff. Off to the Sounds Expo exhibition tomorrow, before heading off to Portsmouth for the weekend…

Gigs

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

The gig at the Thistle went really well tonight. Don’t forget – Sunday lunch gig at the Three Fat Fish, Sunday 10th April. Nice venue, good food. Three Devon-based acoustic acts to accompany your meal!

Monday 11th April – Skiving Scholar, Plymouth

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

Sorry, venue postponed at the last minute because no students. Same time next week. Acoustic set from Tom Kerswill sandwiched by a double set from Substation. Free entry. The skiving scholar is a really nice, intimate venue. Should be a good gig!

Pulse Radio Weekend Mix featuring Lullaby

Friday, April 8th, 2005

Pulse Radio have playlisted Tom’s song Lullaby for their weekend mix with Greg James, broadcast at 4pm UK time this Saturday. You can tune into Pulse on channel 905 on Sky Digital, or on the Internet. The show’s page is Here

Saturday 9th April – Thistle, Plymouth

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Come to the Thistle in Plymouth this Saturday for a double set from Substation, plus an acoustic set from Tom Kerswill. Entry is free!

Sunday 10th April – Lunch at the 3 Fat Fish

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Come along to the 3 Fat Fish, Exeter, at 12.30ish this Sunday (10th April) for an acoustic set over lunch. 3 Devon-based acts including Tom Kerswill. Admission only £1 at the door if you mention tomkerswill.co.uk!

UK Bands

Monday, April 4th, 2005

Hi! I’m back in circulation again after a week away (will update the blog shortly!) Now I’m back in Totnes, ready for lots more music. I’m now listed on ukbands.net – a directory of good unsigned music. If you like what you hear you can vote there too!