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Listen back to this week’s Unsigned Show

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This week’s Unsigned Show is now up on Mixcloud:

Here’s the track listing:

We Are Willow – Deep Blue Skies
JP Cooper – Little House We Built
Extra Love – More Love
The Restless – The Way I Do
Dr.Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band – Penny Farthing
Gideon Conn – Yes No Maybe
KT Whitehouse & Kenny McGeachin – Coming Home
Mike Mellor – On a Train
April Maybe May – Seasalt
Liz Green – Midnight Blues
Phil Davies+The Ninja Smokebombs – Enid Blyton
Roos Galjaard – In the Night
God’s Little Eskimo – In Salute Of The Body
Nancy Elizabeth – How Can I Stop
The Bee’s Niece – Funny Features
Jessica May Buckle – Drop It In
Edwyn Butler – Birds On A Wire

Unsigned Show – uploading the back-catalogue. 28th March 2011

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I’m getting round to uploading some of our previous Unsigned Show broadcasts. Here’s the first – from 28th March 2011

And here’s the complete tracklisting:

  • Glass Ankle – If You’ve Been There
  • Letters To Fiesta – Drag The Fire
  • Bedlam Shake – Indian Giver
  • KT Whitehouse+Kenny McGeachin – Coming Home
  • Liz Green – Midnight Blues
  • The Restless – The Way I Do
  • Safires – Straydogs
  • We Are Willow – Bound By String
  • Gideon Conn – Londonderry
  • Maxwell Watts – Climbing This Ladder To The Top
  • Roos Gaaljard – In The Night
  • Extra Love – No Rush
  • Bluebird Kid Clark – Hold Me Down
  • Monsters Build Mean Robots – Psalm 57
  • Josephine – Fun In The Dark
  • Paper Aeroplanes – Safe Hands
  • John Fairhurst – Daylight
  • John Fairhurst – Pay Day
  • John Fairhurst – Big Dig
  • Thoughts In Therapy – Secret Garden

Unsigned Show – Playlist for this week

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This week’s Unsigned Show on All FM was great fun, as always. We have the Bee’s Niece (Ragnhild Zeigler) live in session (fresh from Oslo) and played the cream of the crop of unsigned music too. Here’s the playlist:

# Kreg Viesselman – The Busker
# The Safires – Stray Dogs
# Jo Rose – Balcony Doors
# Garron Frith – This One
# Monsters Build Mean Robots – Psalm 57
# Louise O’Brian – Runaway
# JP Cooper – All I Ever Wanted Was To Be A Better Man
# Liz Green – Midnight Blues
# Letters To Fiesta – Traveller
# Glass Ankle – If You’ve Been There
# The Locals – Nah Don’t Shoot Me Down
# John Fairhurst – Big Dig
# Samson And Delilah – Black Dog
# Maxwell Watts – Happiness
# Joe Swindells – Time Makes Fools of Us
# Death To The Strange – Drink and the Devil
# Denis Jones – Clap Hands
# Edwyn Butler – Birds on a Wire
# KT Whitehouse and Kenny McGeachin – Coming Home
# The Bee’s Niece – The Bike Song
# The Bee’s Niece – Saw song
# The Bee’s Niece – Funny Features

See you next time!

Unsigned Show – Monday 4th April –

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

This week’s unsigned show on All FM has been great fun! Here’s our tracklist…

1. Joe Swindells – Time Makes Fools of Us
2. Phil Davies and the Ninja Smokebombs – Morning Flight to Stockholme
3. HoneyFeet – That Little Boat
4. April Maybe May – Seasalt
5. Richard Barry – Strolling Along
6. Travelling Band – Hindsight
7. John Fairhurst – Daylight
8. TG Elias – Rancid Misbehaviour
9. Mike Mellor – On A Train
10. Louise O’Brien – Runaway
11. Josephine Oniyama – Fun in the Dark
12. Roos Galjaard – In the Night
13. Letters To Fiesta – Drag The Fire
14. Old House PlayGround – Katherine Has Left the Bed
15. Bone Box – Dragging Wires
16. Zoe Mulford – Open Water
17. Thoughts in Therapy – Secret Garden
18. KT WhiteHouse – Man Of Few Words
19. Beggar Joe – Ain’t No Way
20. Beggar Joe – Rely On
21. The Roots Union – The Straight And Narrow
22. Beggar Joe – No More Revalations

Unsigned Show – Track listing

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Really enjoyed doing tonight’s unsigned show. Was good having Nay Medici on the show – they ended up staying on into the second hour and playing a few more tunes. Here’s the complete tracklisting from tonight’s show:

Glass Ankle – If you’ve been there
JP Cooper – Little House We Built
Matthew Ganley – Salford Lullaby
Mike Mellor – On a Train
Caulbearers – Small Spaces
Nay Medici – Nancy Whiskey (live)
Nay Medici – Men and Women (live)
Nay Medici – Soliloquouy (live)
Nay Medici – The Horse Song) (live)
Nay Medici – Down and Out in Paris and London (live)
Roos Galjaard – In the Night
Deaf to Van Gogh’s Ear – Several Ways to Eat a Biscuit
Tanante – Mendiani
The Bee’s Niece – If you’re Lucky
Jessica May Buckle -Drop it in

Huddersfield Cotton Factory – Tomorrow (Friday)

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I’m playing at Huddersfield’s Cotton Factory tomorrow (Friday 10th Dec 2010). It’s a charity gig, raising money for the Karma Enduro rally, which in turn raises £10,000 for charity. Click for more details of tomorrow’s gig.

It will be good to be in Huddersfield again. I seem to have ended up playing there quite a lot recently – including the Huddersfield Oxjam event back in October.

John Rylands Library gigs

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Last Saturday I did the sound engineering for a really lovely gig at the John Rylands Library on Deansgate in Manchester.

The gig took place in the evening – after the library usually closes. It was in the main hall – an amazing, ornate building, with incredibly high ceilings, and a really weird acoustic – kind of dead-sounding if you talked quitely, but with a really nice reverb if you clapped your hands or shouted.

The space was laid out to hold 130 people, and the gig was sold out… or rather, all the free tickets were taken. It was a great atmosphere. Becca Williams (and her Broken Biscuit band) opened the night, followed by JP Cooper, and finally Karima Francis.

The night was organised by Chris Thomas, who has put on several gigs in unusual places previously – including the Manchester Museum. It was a highly successful evening, so hopefully there will be more of the same in the future…

Passenger, Tom K and Pablo’s Finest Hour at the Bay Horse this Tuesday

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I’m supporting the fantastic Passenger at the Bay Horse tomorrow (Tuesday 15th June). One of my favourite Manchester acts, Pablo’s Finest Hour, are also on the bill. Here’s the line-up:

  • 8pm – Pablo’s Finest Hour
  • 8.45pm – Tom Kerswill
  • 9.30pm – Passenger

I’m really excited about doing the gig. You can buy tickets here

Hopefully see you there!


The Totnes Gig – tonight

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

We’re currently driving from Exeter to Totnes, for the last day of rehearsals before the gig tonight. It was sounding really nice yesterday. Basic premise is to get a load of songwriters together and then work on one new song for each songwriter, over a weekend. Then we’re all playing on each other’s songs.

A lot of the arrangements involve vocal harmonies, but there’s a cellist, two keyboards, guitars and djembe between us, so lots of scope for doing stuff.

The gig starts at 7.30pm tonight (Sunday, 9th May) and it’s £4 on the door. The venue is the Ariel Centre, Totnes.


Ripon Beer Festival 2010

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I really enjoyed playing the Ripon Beer Festival on Monday. Just heard from the organisers that they raised a total of £6,068.00, which is great news. There was some really good music — and lots of great beer. Enjoyed going out for a quick curry afterwards with the Roosters before rushing back to do the All FM Unsigned show in Manchester!

Next year’s beer festival is Monday, 2nd May 2011…

Baa Bar on Tuesday

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Hello! There’s an exciting gig at Baa Bar, Fallowfield on Tuesday. It’s being put on by Silent Sara, in aid of the Red Cross.

The lineup is looking really good – it features seven acts, including Karima Francis, Kristyna Myles, Glyn Bailey, Robin Mukherjee, Risa Hall and Pavor Nocturnus. I’ll be playing a couple of songs too.

I think entry is by donation, 3 or 4 quid. Should be a really nice night. Things kick off promptly at 8pm…

Recommended gigs this week

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Hi everyone,

Tonight there’s a free gig at Oddest, Chorlton, featuring John Herring, Kamal Arafa and John Lowndes. The night starts at 8.30 and it’s being put on by With A Little Help, to raise money for the Nordoff-Robins music therapy charity. It’s a completely free gig, but donations are welcome.

On Monday, we have the usual open mic night at Trof in the Northern Quarter, starting from 8pm – just turn up around then if you’d like to play.

And on Tuesday, it’s the brand new open mic at the Bay Horse, beginning 8.30pm — that’s in the downstairs bar.


Anna Kashfi album launch tonight at Fuel, Withington

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Manchester band Anna Kashfi will be launching their new album, Survival
, at Fuel Cafe Bar in Withington tonight.

It’s a free show, and doors open 7.30/8pm. I’m really looking forward to the gig – it’s been a while since I’ve seen Anna Kashfi playing live, and it will be good to hear tracks from the new album.

The album is available to buy from, or you can listen to and download the album as an MP3.

Recommended gig / festival tonight: Not Part of NYE festival

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Hi! I’m off to Liverpool today, but thought I’d recommend an event that’s happening today at the Dance House theatre in Manchester.

It starts at 4pm, and features some fantasic music acts, as well as a lot of theatre, poetry and other art performances. It takes place across two stages. Including the Dance House’s lovely auditorium. Promises to be a really good event.

Also happening in Manchester tonight are a charity gig at Jam Street – “Little Green”, and a performance by Denis Jones at the Band on the Wall. For other concerts happening, check out Seatwave to get concert tickets online.

All Fm Unsigned Show playlist

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Really enjoyed doing the Unsigned Show on Monday. We had some great live sessions from Kristyna Myles and April Maybe May. Here’s the full track listing:

1. Richard Barry – Strolling Along
2. Clare Mooney – Stop the War
3. Caulbearers – Small Spaces
4. Robin Mukherjee – Morning Chorus
5. Hannah Atkins – My Heart is Like a Flower
6. Kristyna Myles – Fooling
7. Kristyna Myles – Just Three Little Words
8. Kristyna Myles – Someone
9. Shimeon – Will in Chains
10. Alexis McLean – Let You Be
11. Aidan Smith – Pockets
12. Kate Sloan – A Romance Unfolding
13. Lorelei Loveridge – Oh, India
14. April Maybe May – Seasalt
15. April Maybe May – White Horses
16. April Maybe May – Fold

Acoustic Eclectic in Stalybridge this Wednesday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Acoustic Eclectic with Tom Kerswill - Wed 25th Nov

Acoustic Eclectic with Tom Kerswill - Wed 25th Nov

Acoustic Eclectic is a lovely acoustic night at the Q-Inn in Stalybridge. I’m playing there tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 25th November). It’s a free night (donations welcomed). There’s an open mic beforehand, and I’d really recommend it as a place to play. Lovely friendly, audience, nice beers – a good night!

You can add yourself to the Facebook event or head over to the acoustic eclectic myspace page.

Jon Gomm, Laienda, Woe Betides, I am Three, this Friday at Kro Bar

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009


This Friday at Kro Bar, we’re putting on some really excellent acts. We have Jon Gomm, the Woe Betides, Laienda, Lisa Marie Glover, I am Three, and I’ll be playing a couple of songs too:

It will be £4 in on the door, and get there for 7.30pm to see all the acts…  Really looking forward to this one!

Videos from the Trof open mic now online

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Trof Northern Quarter open mic

Trof Northern Quarter open mic

I’ve finished work on the Trof open mic videos at long last. There are videos of a total of 17 performances. Over the coming days I’ll highlight a few of them. First up we have: Aiden Cross, Danny Blockley and David Shafai. I’ll post three more performances in a few days.

Artists can embed videos in their own site by pressing the embed button on the video player. Let me know if the comments if you have any problems playing the videos.

You can also see an index page of all the performances from the open mic.

The last ever Sunday open mic at Trof Northern Quarter is tonight. After that it will be every Monday. We’re replacing the Trof NQ night with a new night — which you can also come to tonight. It’s at Bar One, Withington and starts at 8pm. This is the second ever open mic we’ve done there, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be running Bar One tonight and Ollie with be running Trof NQ. See you later…

New Sunday open mic in Withington

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Note (20th Jan 2010) Bar One has now closed down, sadly — check elsewhere on the site for other Manchester open mic nights.

Hi everyone,

We’re starting a new open mic, every Sunday from 8pm, in Bar One, Withington.

We’re aiming to keep the vibe similar to our Sunday open mic in Trof Northern Quarter, which sadly will be coming to an end on the last Sunday of October. (The Trof NQ night will then run each Monday from November onwards).

Would be great to see you at the Bar One open mic this Sunday (tomorrow). We’re aiming for everyone to be able to play three songs each, but since it’s a brand new open mic, there may well be room to do a few more than that on the first few Sundays.

Or for people nearer the centre of town, head down to Trof Northern Quarter tomorrow, for the last-but-one Trof NQ Sunday open mic!

If you’d like to play either open mic tomorrow, drop me a comment below, or else just turn up around 8pm…

You can join the Facebook group for info on the open mic at Trof NQ. And we’ll be setting up a group for the new Bar One open mic shortly too…


Another gig at Jackson’s Boat this Saturday

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Hey – I’m playing a free gig again at Jackson’s Boat, Chorlton, this Saturday 12th September. Oniyama and the Sun Collective are on stage at 5pm, with me on stage at 6pm. It’s a free gig, and it sounds like the weather will be good… So come along for an afternoon / evening drink!