Archive for June, 2009

Radio Show on / 96.9FM Monday 11pm-1am

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

We’re back on the airwaves this Monday, 11pm-1am, on, and on 96.9FM across Manchester. Ursula and I are presenting the Unsigned Show — so we’ll be featuring loads of tracks by new unsigned artists from Manchester, the UK and worldwide. We’ve also got two live sessions taking place during the show. More details on those shortly! You can tune in on, from 11pm-1am tomorrow!


New blog layout

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Hi everyone,

I’ve simplified the layout of the blog… Going to be re-designing it soon! Also added a couple of relevant advertising bits to the right… that’s mainly because certain parts of the site get loads of hits, for example the gig ticket swap page so it’s good to point people in the direction of sites that are more geared up to that! And then my really ancient article on getting a record cut.. I was asked to write that years ago, and have never actually cut a record myself yet…I get loads of enquiries about this, and most of the time I have to say “sorry, I don’t know” and then point people towards a vinyl cutting house!

Anyway… I’m going to be making the blog look better over the next few days – but for the time being, it’s simple, and has all the stuff on it, which is the main thing!


Tonight – Run, Toto, Run single launch at Kro

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

There’s a great gig tonight at Kro Bar, Manchester (Saturday 13th). The bands playing are:

Run, Toto, Run
The Jessie Rose Trip
Help Stamp Out Loneliness

I’ll be doing the sound engineering tonight. Really looking forward to the show! I think doors are 8pm…. just rushing off to load the equipment in now…


Band req’d for Sir Ralph Abercromby gig this Sunday

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Just got an email from Ben, who’s looking for a band or solo act to play at the Sir Ralph Abercromby (Bootle St, Manchester) this Sunday, 14th June). Can anyone make it? Let me know in the comments!


Birmingham Gig tonight 6th June – Heroes of Cartography with Tom Kerswill

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

I’m playing a show tonight (Saturday 6th June 09) in Birmingham, with Heroes of Cartography. It’s £3 in, and includes a copy of their EP.

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I’m on stage about 9pm

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Party back in Manchester afterwards from 1am. Drop me a Facebook message, or a comment on this blog post, for details!


Bay Horse Gig this Sunday (7th June) – Country Club

Friday, June 5th, 2009

There’s going to be a really nice little gig this Sunday at the Bay Horse. I’m playing around 6.45pm. and there”s a barbecue – which is always a good thing at a gig:

BBQ!! 3.30-4.15 (at least)
Doors 4.30-5.00
Thom Stone 5.15-5.45
Andy Needham 6.00-6.30
Tom Kerswill 6.45-7.00
SRGents 7.15-7.45
Charnock & Russell 8.00-8.30
Kamal Arafa 8.45-9.15
BBKC 9.30-10.00
The Bedlam Six 10.15-10.45

Mushaboom / Hi, How Are You?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Just got back from doing sound at the “Hi, How are You?” Night at Fuel, promoted by Phil from Mushaboom. It was a really lovely night, despite headliner Jose Vanders cancelling. Mia Vigar, Deaf to Van Gogh’s Ear and Thom Stone all did excelent performances, and it was a great atmosphere, as always with Fuel. The chocolate brownies and coconut cake were especially good!

Hi, How Are You? Night at Fuel, WIthington

Hi, How Are You? Night at Fuel, WIthington

Recommended Manchester gigs tonight (Thursday 4th June)

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Two really good events happening tonight (I’ll be going to the one at Fuel):

For Folk’s Sake is at Cup, from 6pm-9pm, Featuring Tom Kitching and Gren Bartley.

Hi, How Are You?, from the people behind Mushaboom Folk, is happening at Fuel tonight. Featuring Mia Vigar, and Deaf to Van Gogh’s Ear


Manchester Open mic guide updated

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Hi – I’ve updated the Manchester open mic guide for June 2009. Let me know if you have any feedback on it, or know of other open mics in the Manchester area. I also have guides for Liverpool open mics and Lancaster


Uluru Open Mics – on Sundays and Mondays

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Yesterday I dropped into Uluru, in Chorlton, to check out a new open mic they’ve got there. Weirdly, the venue has open mics on a Sunday (run by Ricky) and on a Monday (run by Mike). I dropped in pretty early, and it was very quiet there. It was a nice atmosphere though. I bumped into Kamal Arafa (who’s a well-known Manchester musician, and recently played a live session on our All Fm radio show), and also managed to catch a set by Ollie Smith, who played some really great songs.

Ollie used to be in the Deadheads, and also co-runs the open mic at Trof in the Northern Quarter on Sundays.

Definitely worth checking the Uluru open mics out… It seems pretty quiet for now, but I imagine it’ll build up. It’s always a nice vibe in Ulruru, too. I’ll be back to check it out (when I’m not rushing off to do a radio show…)


Deaf Institute Open Mic

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I hosted the Deaf Institute open mic on Sunday. I was standing in for Phil, who normally runs things. It’s the first time I’d made it to the open mic night there (I’m usually running the one at the Northern Quarter Trof on Sundays)… And I really enjoyed it.

Things get going there around about 9pm, and in this case it went on till after 12am, though I think things usually would wrap up at 11. It was one of those nights where, just as things were drawing to a close, another musician or band would walk into the venue with guitars, and we’d start again.

One of the highlights was a set by Optional Wallace — who then went on to take part in a jam at the end of the night.

I’d recommend it as a good Sunday open mic – together with the other nights on a Sunday (recommended open mics on a Sunday include: Trof Northern Quarter, Uluru, Bar Brau and Joshua Brooks).

All FM / EXR unsigned show

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I’ve just returned from presenting the EXR Unsigned show on All Fm. It’s been a great show this week, with Lorelei Loveridge and Glyn Bailey coming in with their bands to do live sessions and chat. Here’s the complete track listing:

# Jason Dunkley and That Girl Sue – Reason
# Leo Brazil – Take it East
# Chuck Farthing – Prettiest Faces
# Defunkles – Bomanta
# Lorelei Loveridge – I need to Go (Live Session)
# Lorelei Loveridge – You Live (Live Session)
# Lorelei Loveridge – 30 Seconds to save your Life (Live Session)
# Kate Rogers – Silent Movie
# Jake Flowers – Track 1
# Tea for One – Still Don’t Feel Right
# NCA – Miscible
# Glyn Bailey and the Many Splendid Things – Moonwalkers (Live)
# Glyn Bailey and the Many Splendid Things – School Reunion (Live)
# Glyn Bailey and the Many Splendid Things -Beautiful Corpse (Live)
# Kamal Arafa – When It Comes to Money

Driving home from the studio, I tuned into Jon Kenedy’s XFM Xposure show. Heard some really great tracks on there too. Have resolved to tune in more often!