Archive for September, 2005

In the City, Manchester

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Manchester’s In the City music festival kicks off this weekend – on Saturday 1st October 2005. It’s Europe’s largest street festival of music, and also a place for music industry professionals to meet and discover new talent.

Well worth a look for anybody who is in the area.

It includes the Acousticcity event. Here’s some of the bands you can see there:

Selfridges, Exchange Square

Saturday 1st October
Starting at 12.15pm

  • Elizabeth Phillips
  • James Roper
  • Maria Miller
  • Tom Cartledge
  • Isobel Heyworth
  • KT Forrester

Sunday 2nd October

Starting at 7:45pm

  • Peter and The Wolf
  • Emmy the Great
  • Sumladfromcov
  • Tom Grant
  • Son Of Dave

Monday 3rd October
Starting at 7:00pm

  • The Boy And Girl Who Trapped The Sun
  • Catherine Tran

Manchester Phoenix

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Went to a really good little acousticcy night at the Manchester Phoenix yesterday. It was a fundraiser for the nascent Tsn Centre – a project to provide community music and learning in the city.

Highlight of the show was headliner Nancy Cunliffe – who plays harp, guitar, and a strange Thai string instrument called the Kim – kinda similar to a hammer dulcimer. Really great stuff, anyway – so good the I bought a CD…

She’s doing more gigs in Manchester in the near future, including one at Fuel in Withington – so I’ll keep you posted.

New mailing list..

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

We’ve finally got a new Mailing list system. You can select the area you’re living in – so we only send you details of gigs that are near you. We only send emails out occasionally, so if you think you might like to come to a gig some time in the future, just head over here!


Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Whee! I’m liking the Fuel open mic night very much 🙂 So much amazing music to hear!

Fuel open mic in Withington – Wednesday 21st Sept

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Finally arrived back in Manchester this afternoon, after a pretty full-on week in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Thanks to all of you who came to the Flapper and Firkin last night – had a great time playing.

Wednesday night is the open mic night at Fuel in Withington. I’m heading down there with a load of people. Should be a good night I reckon! Starts 8.30pm ….

Flapper and Firkin – and weird spellings

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Thanks to everyone who came to the Flapper and Firkin. It was really good to see everybody, and I especially enjoyed playing the new stuff. Nice place too, right on one of Birmingham’s Canals. Thanks to Simon from Josie Darkfolk, who organised the evening.

Someone pointed out that when I tell people my website address on stage I should really spell it out. Because people have spelt my name in various ways such as “Tom Kurswill”, “Tom Kurswell”, “Tom Kirswill”, “Tom Curswell” and lots of weird and wonderful variations. Hmmm… right I’ll do that in future. But in the meantime hopefully people will find this post if they do a search for one of those weird spellings.

Gig in Birmingham TONIGHT 19th Sept

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

I’m playing at the Flapper and Firkin, Birmingham tonight (Monday 19th September)

Entry is £3 and the night features other acoustic acts. More details of how to find it are here:

Coventry, of all places!

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Hehee, now I find myself in a random café in Coventry. It’s not as bad as I thought 😉 The cafe is called the Tin Angel and is very nice. En-route to Leamington, and then back up to Brum for a night out tomorrow I think…

Cellar Door!

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

The first Birmingham gig was really good fun last night. Really enjoyed being at the Cellar Door again, and met loads and loads of cool people…. Doing it all again on Monday, 19th September at the Flapper and Firkin, in central Birmingham…

Cellar Door, Birmingham, Tonight! Wednesday 14th Sept

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

I’m playing at the Cellar Door at the Actress and Bishop, Birmingham, tonight – Wednesday 14th September.

Price is £3.00 on the door, and the show runs from at 8.30pm till late.

Maybe see you there!

Down the Tiny Steps

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

This week’s recommended music are from Glasgow and they’re called Down The Tiny Steps. They’re vaguely acousticcy, quite zaney, and good fun to watch. Worth a look: Down the Tiny Steps

Birmingham – Flapper and Firkin – Mon 19th September

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

Another gig to anounce – Monday 19th Sept, 8.30, Flapper and Firkin, Birmingham. Entry is £3… it’s a chance to see several good Birmingham acoustic acts. More details coming soon….


Saturday, September 10th, 2005

Spain was great – we all had a really good time. Visited Madrid, Seville and Granada. I spent the whole of the last afternoon busking on a random park bench in Madrid – very fun indeed.

Anyway – I’ve been back in the UK for a while. We played a gig at the Globe in Exeter, which went well, and I’ve since been relaxing in Somerset. Finally, heading back up to Manchester later today.

Two gigs in Birmingham coming up – on the 14th and 19th of September. Check the Gigs page for more info….

BT Digital Music Awards

Friday, September 9th, 2005

You can vote for on the People’s Choice category of the BT Digital Music Awards. If you’ve found this site useful or cool, please vote!