Archive for September, 2006

Thirsty Scholar, Manchester

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The Thirsty Scholar is usually lively, full of musicians, and plays host to a good variety of Manchester gigs. It also has an open mic on Thursdays.

50 New Wakefield Street,

M1 5NP

Fuel, Withington

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The info on this venue was updated June 2009. Let me know any thoughts, additions, or feedback, in the comments below!

Fuel is a small vegetarian cafĂ© with a lovely atmosphere, and some brilliant events happening upstairs…

You can catch live music here almost every night of the week, and it’s host to a lively open mic night on Wednesdays.

Fuel is also where my very own Songs for the Bathtub nights began, in 2005. Those nights were themselves inspired by Quiet Night Out and Red Deer Club — both of which became the best events to see small-scale live acoustic music in Manchester, carving out a DIY scene that is still as strong as ever in 2009.

In fact, nights such as Hi, How Are You?, Pindrop, and Cloud Sounds, follow on in this tradition of low-key, acoustic events. Most are free, or donation-based. It’s definitely one of my favourite small venues in Manchester.

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Fuel Cafe Bar
448 Wilmslow Road Withington
Manchester, M20 3BW
United Kingdom

Jeremy Warmsley

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

London-based singer songwriter, with excellent band. Well worth checking out – Jeremy Warmsley official site

You can listen to tunes at his Myspace profile page.

And you can buy Jeremy Warmsley CDs right here.

Joshua Brooks

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Manchester venue, tucked away near the BBC. It’s host to a great open mic night every Monday, and holds other music events, both upstairs and downstairs, the rest of the week.

Joshua Brookes
106 Princess Street
M1 6NG

There’s a list of other open mics in Manchester elsewhere on the site:manchester open mics

Night and Day, Manchester

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Night and Day is one of the best places in Manchester to catch new, unsigned bands, as well as some better known acts. There’s music to be heard here pretty much every night – plus some good DJs. Highly recommended.

Night and Day Cafe
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End of the Road Festival

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

One weekend in mid-September, the first End of the road festival took place, deep in rural Dorset. It was a fantastic event, with a lovely crowd of festival-goers. On the bill were Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Ed Harcourt, Badly Drawn Boy, Hush the Many, Jeremy Warmsley, to name a few… Here’s some pictures from the festival

Swapping Gig Tickets

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Thanks to Ledge and JustHipper at The Indie Credential for pointing out an excellent site that enables you to swap gig tickets or sell them at face-value. Beats eBay!

New Songs for the Bath Tub site

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

We’ve finally got together a website for all the acoustic nights that we’re running in Manchester, including Songs for the Bath Tub (Fuel, Withington) and Songs from Another Place (Trof, Fallowfield). Head over to the Songs for the Bath Tub site for info on Manchester acoustic gigs and events

Lisa Redford

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Acoustic singer-songwriter now based in Manchester. She’s a firm favourite on Bob Harris’ radio 2 show, and gigs regularly round the UK.

Lisa’s myspace page


Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Feldspar – acoustic duo from Leeds. They’ve played at songs for the bathtub, our acoustic night at Fuel, and are soon to play sister night Songs from Another Place, at Trof, Fallowfield

Visit their myspace page for more music

A brand new night at Trof

Thursday, September 14th, 2006


We’re running a new acoustic night at Trof in Fallowfield. The first one’s this Wednesday 20th September, and we’ve got a great lineup of our favourite acoustic acts to start off with: Aron Paul, Lisa Redford, Karima Francis and Feldspar. It’s all free… and Trof has had a bit of a refurbishment, plus loads of really good beers (though stay away from their Root beer unless you’re feeling adventurous. It tastes like TCP…)

Latest gigs…

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Gigs in your area…

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Hey! I’m doing a fair bit of gigging around England in the next few months, but if you’re really keen to see a gig near where you live, you can now say so on

London gigs…

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Got a couple of London gigs. First, the Troy Bar, Hoxton, (tube: Old St) this Wed 13th Sept.

Secondly, Leonard’s Bar(nr Exmouth Market), on 10th October.

End of the thirsty scholar

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Sadly, Dan’s open mic at the Thirsty Scholar on a Thursday is no more.. I went to the last one last week and played a few songs… quite a party. Acts included Gideon Conn, Andrew “Blind Boy” Butler and John McKay.

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