Archive for the ‘Acoustic’ Category

Trof Northern Qt open mic cancelled tonight – but Uluru is on instead

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Hi everyone,

Because of the bank holiday, Trof Northern Quarter have cancelled the open mic night we usually do there tonight. It’ll be back on next week.

As a replacement, I’d recommend Uluru’s open mic (Chorlton). Run by Ricky Damiani, it kicks of at 7.30pm. I’ll be heading down there, and there will be a featured slot from Passenger, of Brighton — they’ll be doing a 45 minute set at 9.30pm. It’s all free of course, and should be a really good night.

Tom

Recommended gig tonight: Fuel Cafe, Manchester: The Woe Betides

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Hi, How Are You at Fuel

Hi, How Are You at Fuel

Tonight, Phil from Mushaboom is putting on his monthly “Hi, How Are You” night. It’s at Fuel cafe, starts 8ish, and is free (though donations to cover his costs are very welcome). I’ll be there, doing the sound. The line up includes:

MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS

“Echoes of Sigur Ros and Explosions in the sky” – Artrocker
http://www.myspace.com/monstersbuildmeanrobots

FUEL CAFE, 8PM, FREE IN.
If you like loud pounding guitars, thom yorke style electronica, and beautiful soundscapes a la Mogwai, Sigur Ros…you must not miss this gig from Brighton 4 piece MBMR
Take a chance to hear something new. something exciting.. and go away having seen your favourite new band.

With support from…

THE WOE BETIDES

Pop duo championed by Jeremy Warmsley!
http://www.myspace.com/thewoebetides

“There’s something dark and brooding about The Woe Betides… sweet, fast-paced chorus, heavy guitars and almost New Romantic-esque vocals. Not too shabby at all!” (Stool Pigeon)

OH STOCKHOLM!
http://www.myspace.com/ohstockholm

“Conor Oberst may have competition!” Sandman

New weekly night in Spinningfields

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Festival on Wednesday in Spinningfields

Festival on Wednesday in Spinningfields

Danny Keehan, who is behind the Carry On series of music nights in Manchester, is running a new, outdoor, acoustic night every Wednesday in Spinningfields.

It’s part of the Spinningfields Summer Festival, and it takes place in the Kro Bar there. He’s had some great acs, including the Bee’s Niece and Pablo’s Finest Hour (who both played at the launch night), and then a set by I am Three last week.

It’s well worth checking the night out. The next is on Wednesday, 5th August, from 5pm till pm. It features The Thingumajigs and the Hatstand Medicine Band. And it’s completely free.

Pulse Cafe, Todmorden

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Todmorden Pulse Cafe
The Pulse Cafe in Todmorden is a great little cafe, with good vegetarian / vegan food, good coffee, and even an alcohol license. It’s open till 11pm most evenings, and has live acoustic acts on many nights. It also has a Sunday afternoon acoustic slot, which I really enjoyed playing.

It’s easy to get to from Manchester — there’s a direct train, or you can go by bus for slightly cheaper.

There are some good acts coming up there, including Josephine Oniyama on 23rd August 2009. It looks like all the gigs there are free.

The food and drink is good value, and the staff are really friendly. Definitely recommended if you’re in the Todmorden area.


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Trof Northern Quarter open mic tonight

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009


I’m running the Trof Northern Quarter open mic night in Manchester tonight, together with Ollie Smith. It kicks off at 8.30pm, and each slot is 3 songs long. Everybody’s welcome – it tends to be mainly musicians, but it’s usually pretty varied and we have occasional poets and comedians too. Slots often fill up by around about 9pm, so it’s worth getting down early if you can.

The Trof NQ open mic is every Sunday (except bank holidays). You can find out about other Manchester open mics elsewhere on the site!

Tom

Pulse Cafe Bar, Todmorden – Sunday 2nd Aug at 2pm

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

I’m playing at the Pulse Cafe Bar on Sunday, 2nd August from 2pm. It’s a free gig and is going to be nice and relaxed….


Tom Kerswill at Pulse Cafe, Todmorden

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).

New EP – Flowers, Fevers and Dreams

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Hi

I’m excited to announce the new EP… It’s not out as a physical product yet, but it’s available to stream for the moment on Last Fm. You can view the page and listen to all the tracks here:

http://www.last.fm/music/Tom+Kerswill/Flowers%2C+Fevers+and+Dreams+EP

Would love to know what you think…

Tom

Free Gig at the Roadhouse, Sunday 15th June

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Hi – playing a free gig tonight at the Roadhouse. Click here for the Facebook event page… On the bill are:

Say
Dorne Hendry
Garron Frith
Tom Kerswill
Danny Mahon
Ben McGarvey
Alexis McLean
Lou Whatling

Listen:

http://www.myspace.com/louwhatling
http://www.sayjansfield.co.uk
http://www.garronfrith.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/tomkerswill
http://www.myspace.com/alexismcleanmusic
http://www.myspace.com/dorne
http://www.myspace.com/dannymahon
http://www.myspace.com/benmcgarvey

THE FOLKS

http://www.manchestermusic.co.uk
http://www.theelectriccircus.net
http://www.theroadhouselive.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/roadhousevenue

Songs for the Bath Tub at Kro – 12th June

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Hi

We’re moving a lot of our Songs for the Bath Tub nights from the Carlton Club to Kro Bar. The first of these is taking place on Thursday, 12th June. It’s going to be a really good, chilled night of acoustic music. You can buy tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/32254 or you can join our facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=15902893047

The show features: Chris Knowles, Steph Fraser and Fallen Leaves

Tom

Jon Gomm / Ragnhild / Samson & Delilah at Kro tonight

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Hey – got a really good little gig at Kro Bar (opp Manchester academy) this evening (Saturday 10th May). On the bill we have.

Jon Gomm
Ragnhild (the Bee’s Niece)
Tom Kerswill
Samson & Delilah
Adam Irving with Bleeding Hands

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/30233
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=10717177363&ref=mf

My First Tooth, Akita, Tim Holehouse, The Satellites at the Carlton Club, Manchester

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Tomorrow, Thursday 20th March, I’m putting on an event at the Carlton Club, in Whalley Range. As always, beer is £1.85 a pint, and entry is £3. Here’s who’s playing:

* My First Tooth
* Akita
* The Satellites
* Tim Holehouse
* Oldseed

It kicks off at 8pm… directions and more details are here… it’s going to be great!

Carlton Club Gig tonight – Lisa Redford / Samson & Delilah (Waverton Collective)…

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Hey everyone

I’m not actually playing at this one, but I thought I’d give you the heads-up about a gig at the Carlton Club tonight (Thursday 31st January) that I’m involved with. We’ve got Lisa Redford, Samson and Delilah, Laienda (Bristol), and Paul Oska. It starts from 8pm tonight, is £3 on the door, and goes till 11.30pm…. Beer is £1.85 a pint and wine is £1.25 a glass. Nice!

Tom

EXR Jam sessions in Chorlton

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Hey – just a heads-up for all the musicians out there. EXR, who run a lot of gigs in Manchester, run a weekly jam session at the Lounge Bar, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton.

The session is acoustic – they have congas, djembes, bongos, tambourines etc set up as well as a bass amp and a good PA/mics etc. They’re also looking to get a good percussion section together – anyone can join in. Also acoustic artists and bands are welcome to come and do a short set/jam.

EXR are running an acoustic competition at the same time. For more details on all this see: http://exr.org.uk/

Tom

Night and Day gig tomorrow afternoon!

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Hi everyone

I’m playing at Night and Day, Sunday afternoon (7th October) from 4pm onwards. It’s a great event, featuring Little Neemo and Bonebox, amongst many other good Manchester acts. £4 on the door, and as always there’ll be homecooked food from Night and Day cafe and the usual good atmosphere!

Tom

Review of Winelight Club gig

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Really enjoyed playing the Winelight Club in Bury. Here’s a link to a review from Manchester Music (please click link to read full review – here’s a small excerpt – really chuffed to get such a good review:

….

Probably the star of the evening is TOM KERSWILL, a familiar face on the city circuit and very much a one man band. Tom’s energetic approach to his music finds him on cue with work boots, well worn jeans and maybe his favourite t-shirt. He’s casual in image but so absolutely meticulous when it comes to songwriting. His guitar style eschews finger picking for the best part, with his dynamic strums sometimes feverishly staggering between big chord crashes. The songs are perfectly trim and crammed with infectious, serious melodies. There’s not just one or two gems here but a whole string of tunes that hook you in to the observational lyrics as the set is interspersed with tales from the road and anecdotes about missed trains. “My Mind’s Eye” is one of Tom’s signature tunes and I for one hope that more people get to hear and see him play.
….

Gig at Bury – The Met – tonight (Tuesday 14th August)

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Hey everyone – I’m playing at the Met in Bury tonight, together with Patrick Briscoe, Fallen Leaves, Rachael Wright… I’m really looking forward to it. Tickets are £6 and the other artists are some of my favourites!
Cheers
Tom

Open mic at Trof in the Northern Quarter, Manchester, every Sunday

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Update May 2009:

There’s an open mic night happening every Sunday at Trof in the Northern Quarter, and, together with Ollie Smith, I run it each week. It’s a really nice, chilled-but-busy open mic. We often get some well-known musicians coming down to try out stuff. Musicians who have dropped in include Karima Francis, Eskimo Cowboy, Nomad Jones, Paris Riots, Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin and even Guy Garvey (though the latter just came to check it out rater, than to play, sadly.)

We’ve got a Facebook Group for the open mic now too: Trof Northern Quarter Open Mic Facebook.

It starts 8.30pm each night (get there at 8pm to get a slot!). People play two or three songs each.

As with every open mic, check with the venue before travelling. It’s every Sunday except bank holidays, as a general rule…

Tom

Not the Manchester International Festival

Friday, July 6th, 2007

As Manchester International Festival (MIF) gets under way, there’s an alternative event happening, featuring tens of events across the next couple of weeks. It’s called Not the Manchester International Festival. Head to their official website for details of all events. One thing we’re getting involved in is a Songs for the Bath Tub on Tuesday, 10th July at Trof in the Northern Quarter. I’m playing there, together with Risa Hall, Feldspar and Ragz. Will be a goodun!

Manchester International Festival – and an alternative

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Manchester International Festival runs from 28th June to 15th July in Manchester. It features a range of events, from dance, through art to Music.

Brand new this year is a completely unofficial, alternative fringe event. It hosts over 50 gigs, art exhibitions and other events. We’re running a special Songs for the Bath Tub event at Trof in the Northern Quarter. And I’m being interviewed and doing a live set on Manchester’s all fm on monday 9th July, 3-4pm.