Archive for the ‘Manchester music’ Category

Vicky Richardson on All FM

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Hi everyone,

I’m really looking forward to appearing on Vicky Richardson’s Night Moves show on All FM tonight. I’ll be playing four tracks from my new EP (which will be released soon, I promise! Just being mastered as we speak…). It’s going to be a lot of fun. Tune in on 96.9FM in the Manchester (UK) area — or on the All FM site.


All FM

New open mics

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s been a bit of a while since I last updated this, but tonight I’m off checking out a new (to me, at least) open mic.. It’s the Gaslight at the Nip & Tipple. More soon:-)

Listen again to last night’s Unsigned Show – featuring Glass Ankle and the Portlands

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Last night’s All Fm Unsigned Show was great fun. We had live sessions from North West-based bands The Portlands and Glass Ankle, plus loads of other music from Jon Kenzie, Passenger, Extra Love and loads of others. You can take a listen to the MixCloud copy of the programme below…

In the City, 2010

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

I’m starting to get excited about this year’s in the city. The Fugitive Motel blog have a really good preview of some of the artists playing at this year’s festival. I’m having a listen to that now, and beginning to plan out which acts to catch.

I’m excited to have a delegate pass this year, courtesy of All FM and Ursula Pabish’s Monday drivetime show on the station.

As always, it’ll be a mad rush trying to fit in as many talks and bands as possible!

All Fm radio show on Monday night

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

We’re presenting another Unsigned Show from 11pm-1am on Monday night. You can listen on 96.9FM in the Manchester area and on

We have live sessions from Sam and the Bathroom Crooners, plus We are Willow – who are made up of Chris Butler from Butler Williams, and Kathryn Edwards.

So it’s going to be a great night of live music, and we’ll be fitting in as many of the best unsigned tracks as we can too…


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…

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.

Free charity gig tonight in Altrincham

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

There’s a free charity gig tonight in Altrincham (donations welcome). It features some really good Manchester musicians, and I’ll be playing a few songs there too. Here’s the blurb from the Facebook event page:

Welcome to the free community gig marking 6 months of the Energy Academy, a locally run initiative to help residents in South Trafford live more sustainably and save money to boot!

For your entertainment on this cold and potentially snow-capped night we have secured some of the finest acoustic acts the North-West has to offer. Notably:

Black Jack Barnet
Dan Gallagher
John Condy
Tom Kerswill
Vanessa Lewis
Dan Melrose
The Dandelion Clocks

Plus there will be guerilla conjouring from Mark the Magician to keep you entertained during the breaks.

Not only that, local company will be planting a tree for everyone who attends the event and Energy Academy volunteers will be on-hand to give practical advice on how you can save energy in the home and beyond.

So if you live in the area and want to be entertained for free then get yourself down for some foot-stompin’, toe-tapping and thought-provoking music.

Open mic in Up Holland, near Skelmersdale

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Just heard from Ian and Phil of the Huers, about an open mic that is happening on Sunday 31st January, from 8.30pm, near Up Holland, the other side of Wigan from Manchester. It’s a little bit far from Manchester, but could be a good night out from the city. Here’s the address and contact details:

The Fox Inn
24 Roby Mill
Skelmersdale, WN8 0QF
01695 622 449

You can also vist the Fox Inn website for more info.

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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.

Urmston – Guitar Recording night

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Tony and the guys at the Urmston open mic / jam night, have mailed to say that the next open mic will take the form of a special “Recording Guitars” workshop — that’s at their next meeting on 15th December 09.

The organisers say:

We will bring both hardware and computer based recording systems, and give a tutorial covering the basics of multi-tracking with particular emphasis (of course) on recording acoustic guitars followed by a Q&A session. Let me know in advance if you have specific questions

I also hope to invite the local Roland/Boss Hi-Tec demonstrator Mark Hassall to bring some demo kit along (an hopefully do a feature spot with his current band “John The Dancer”) to illustrate what is available to suit a range of budgets (or that last minute Christmas present request?).

Anybody who wants to go along, can get in contact with them via their website.

I’ve not been to the night myself yet, but I’ve heard it’s pretty good..

Chorlton Arts Festival launch event is on 26th November

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Chorlton Arts Festival

Chorlton Arts Festival

The Chorlton Arts Festival is having its launch party on Thursday, 26th November, 8pm, at the Lloyds Hotel in Chorlton. The festival itself is in May 2010. The launch event is open to all promoters / musicians / music industry people who’d like to be involved. There will be application packs available there. Fiona Stewart, festival organiser, says:

Please feel free to pass the flyer on to anyone you know who may be interested in getting involved, we would love to see them there. The launch party is an opportunity for visual/performance artists, venues and volunteers to find out more about the festival by meeting members of the team, picking up an application pack and asking questions. There’s also a jazz band and food.

The launch event is usually pretty fun – so it’s well worth going to if you have an interest in getting involved with the festival.


Trof open mic videos – the remaining performances from the Manchester open mic

Thursday, November 12th, 2009


I promised I’d post all the videos from the Trof Northern Quarter open mic. Well, here are the remaining performances:

Or you can click through to my site for the complete list of performances.

Artists – feel free to embed these videos in your own sites. You need to press the appropriate button on the video player and it will give you the code.

First Monday open mic at Trof NQ

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

It’s the first ever Monday open mic at Trof NQ tonight (from 8.30pm). I’m really looking forward to it…

Apart from the change of day, it’s going to be very similar in format to the old Sunday open mic at Trof. So, three songs each, and anything goes!


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!


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.


Trof Northern Qt tonight – George Borowski with the Jade Assembly & Tom Kerswill

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009


There’s a gig tonight, Tues 18th Aug, 8pm, at Trof in the Northern Quarter. In order of appearance:

Tom Kerswill
The Jade Assembly
George Borowski

It should be a fun gig. George is best known for being the “Guitar George” that Mark Knopfler refers to in Dire Straits’ song “Money For Nothing”

Door price is £3 (£2 with NUS). I’m really looking forward to it. I’m normally one of the people organising music there, or hiding behind the sound desk so it’ll be a nice change to be in front of the mic!

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 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