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Facebook groups for the open mics

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Hi everyone

We’ve got Facebook groups for both the Bar one open mic on Sundays, and Trof NQ on Mondays. Here they are…

Bar One open mic: Facebook Group

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

Trof Northern Quarter open mic: Facebook Group



Recommended live music nights at Oddest and Bar One tonight, plus Fuel and Trof Northern Qt tomorrow

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I’m just on the train back from a really good trip – first to Oslo for a couple of days, and then to Edinburgh. Will hopefully have time to write about both in the next few days.

Back in Manchester, there are some excellent gigs happening over the next few days. Tonight (Sunday), Jo Rose, Dan Melrose, Pablo’s Finest Hour, Noon and Jack Frazer are all playing at Oddest – the night’s called “With a Little Help” and it’s in support of a music therapy charity.

There’s also the open mic night at Bar One, Withington – being run by Josh tonight.

Tomorrow, The Miserable Rich are playing at Fuel (Red Deer Club). Plus there’s the newly-moved Monday open mic at Trof Northern Quarter, from 8pm till late – hosted by Ollie. Finally, I’ll be presenting some of the Unsigned Show on All Fm, with Danny (I’ll be standing in for Rob). The show’s from 11pm-1am, and I’ll be there in the studio from 11.45pm (after packing up the equipment from the Miserable Rich gig). I’ll be back on the show the following week, when we’ll have Ricky Damiani doing a live session.

See you soon,


Open mic videos coming up shortly

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

I’ve been working on the videos of the Trof Northern Quarter open mic, which Ollie and Krazy Horse filmed a few months ago. By the end of tomorrow they should all be up on the site. There are some great performances there, including Krystina Miles, Glass Ankle, Matt Hutson, Robin Mukherjee and loads more…

Don’t forget also – there’s a choice of two open mics tonight. Over in the Northern Quarter there is the Trof NQ open mic (which will be moving to Mondays in November). Then in Withington, I’ll be running the new Bar One open mic…. both are free, and there is space to play three songs.

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

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!


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!


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


The Handsome Family, plus Liz Green, at Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Currently at Ruby Lounge for the Handsome Family gig. Liz Green, support, was great. Her stuff is growing on me with every performance. It was a really lovely set. It’s probably over a year since I last saw her play (as I remember, that was at the End of the Road festival in Dorset).

I’m enjoying the Handsome Family, who’ve just come on stage. It’s a great atmosphere here at the Ruby Lounge – it’s become one of the best sub-academy 2 places to catch gigs… it’s overtaken the Night and Day cafe in that respect.

I’ll be back with a full review after the show – and we’ll be discussing it on the next All FM radio show on 1st June. 11pm-1am, where we’ll also have two live guests – Lorelei Loveridge and Glyn Bailey.


Guerrilla Busking in Manchester Today

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Hey – today, throughout Manchester, there will be musicians busking at various locations… Starting from midday. Here’s the official press release. I’m busking inside (strangely!) at the Castle Hotel, Oldham St, Manchester, from 1.30pm today.. Then I’ll be joining everyone else, watching other buskers playing during the afternoon. Here’s the official press release:

This Friday 15th May sees over 20 Manchester musicians hit the city centre streets, playing an eclectic series of impromptu gigs in a variety of secret, unauthorised locations, from the very public to the very hidden. Organised by local music collective Single Cell, and taking place as part of the Futuresonic 2009 festival, the gigs, running from midday until 8pm, will feature a diverse range of artists such as John Robb, John Fairhurst and poet Mike Garry, representing everything from african drumming to heavy metal and acoustic folk.

Although secret, locations and times will be revealed on the day via the Single Cell website, Twitter and a mobile phone number. Supported by Refugee Action the gigs will raise money and awareness on the issue of destitute refugees.

“Asylum seekers appealing decisions made by refugee courts are left without benefits or the ability to earn a living. These busking performances are taking place without permission in marginalised locations or hidden in very public places, mirroring the status of these destitute refugees.”

All proceeds from the gigs will go to destitute refugee campaigns and all acts are playing free of charge.

More information:

The Blog

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

It’s always interesting to see people using this site, and the posts they find on Google. For example, somebody has just found my post on swapping gig tickets… which actually just mentions another gig swapping site… but people are using the blog to look for people to swap tickets with. (In this case, the excellent Gomez…) and the Manchester open mics guide is still getting a load of traffic from people wanting to play in Manchester UK!

Recommended gig tonight – Ghost Bees / Sophie’s Pigeons

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Tonight (Thursday, 26th March 2009) at Kro Bar in Manchester, Ghost Bees are playing, supported by Sophie’s Pigeons (on the Red Deer Club Label). It looks like a really good gig. Beginning 8.30pm and promoted by “Last Night Was a Disaster”. More info here:
Maybe see you there!

Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Remember the Gomez album of B-sides and oddities, called Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline? Looks like they were ahead of their time….

Recommended gig tonight: Jeremy Warmsley at Moho Live

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Hi everyone

Recommended gig for tonight is at Manchester’s Moho Live (owned by Danny McNamara from 90s band Embrace). There are some fantastic acts playing, and I’ll be doing the sound engineering so come and say hello if you’re planning on coming. It’s £5 in I think. Here’s some more info on the lineup – courtesy of Manchester folk outfit Mushaboom, who are putting on the show:

Jeremy Warmsley is part of the London ‘new folk’ set that includes Laura Marling, Lightspeed Champion, Adem and Johnny Flynn. He’s released two albums: ‘The Art Of Fiction’ which included the magnficent anthems ‘Dirty Blue Jeans’ and ‘I Believe In The Way You Move’…
The follow up, ‘How We Became’ was released late last year to critical acclaim, festival appearances..and a support slot with the great Daniel Johnston. The hit single ‘Lose My Cool’ and a duet with Emmy The Great on ‘Boat Song’ suggest Jeremy is destined for great things.

Meursault are a Edinburgh 4 piece, and perhaps the best band I’ve heard in a long long time. Having been compared to the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Arcade Fire (with added electronica a la Postal Service) I’m going to say you may just witness the gig of the year on sunday. High Praise indeed! They’ve toured with The Twilight Sad and Broken Records. Miss them miss out!

Sparky Deathcap is manchesters very own cult hero. Having toured with the likes of Panda Bear & Los Campesinos! he released his limited edition debut album on french label ‘Pulsar’ and soon found himself in Daniel Johnston’s backing band!! (appearing on recent live DVD ‘The Angel and Daniel Johnston’) Musicially he sounds like Jeffrey Lewis (he also illustates for a living) but more bitter…Definately worth checking out!

Kathryn Edwards is a very talented girl! Both an artist and musician, she started her career by singing backing vocals on Liam Frost’s remarkable debut album. She’s now striking out on her own & doing rather well too, because debut single ‘Close Your Mind’ was awarded record of the week at Piccadilly records. Shortly followed by sets on Channel M & BBC manchester, maybe the next to follow Karima Francis to the big time!

Jam On Bread is like no other round these parts, singing ukukele songs about Jason Donovan, sea creatures and swedish indie bands, dare I suggest he’s totally unmissable!


Maybe see you there…


Trof Open Mic – Facebook Group

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Hi everyone

I’ve created a Facebook group for our weekly open mic at Trof Northern Quarter in Manchester. Please join the group if you’re in Manchester and enjoy the weekly open mic there!


Happy New Year everyone

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Happy new year to everyone, and all the best for 2009…


Songs for the Bath Tub at Kro – 12th June

Monday, June 9th, 2008


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: or you can join our facebook event here:

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


Carlton Club tonight – The Windfall / Maliika / Jude Riley / Pablo’s Finest Hour

Thursday, March 27th, 2008


I’m running another night at the Carlton Club, Whalley Range, this evening. As always, cheap beer and great music. We’ve just fixed up a last-minute set from Simon and Hannah (Pablo’s Finest Hour), who are going to bring their instruments and do a few tunes too… For more info on all of the acts, just click here and to join the Facebook event click here.

Leonard Cohen in Manchester

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Wow this is going to be an interesting gig. Can’t believe it’s only 3 months till the Manchester International Festival comes round again…

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!