Archive for the ‘Manchester music’ Category

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

Hi

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

Tom

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

Tom

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).

Facebook, and an event tomorrow

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Hi all you Facebookers! I’ve begun addiing notes from my blog directly onto Facebook… so if you just saw a load of notes from me in your news streams, then that’s why!

On another note – I’ve just created a Facebook Musician Page. More info will be added on that soon.

And finally – I’m running an event tomorrow (Thursday) at St. Ninian’s church in Chorlton. We have five excellent bands playing: To Sophia, Sam and the Plants, Pablo’s Finest Hour, Kamal Arafa and Butler Williams. It starts at 7.30pm and is £4 on the door.

Gig at Sir Ralph Abercromby, Manchester Sunday evening (10th)

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Hi

I’m playing in Manchester, at the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub (Bootle Street) tomorrow night – Sunday 10th. It’s Ben Taylor’s “Sunday Roast” night. Also on the bill is the excellent Dan Melrose. Show starts 8pm, and I’m on around 9 or 10…

Tom

Is Withington’s Pleasure Bar Re-opening?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Update, 26th November 2009: Pleasure bar didn’t reopen, but a new sisha bar opened in its place. It looks really nice in there, but I haven’t been in yet. And of course, there are no open mics. But just down the road, there is still the Fuel open Mic every Wednesday. And there’s now a new open mic every Sunday, at Bar One, Withington. On with the original post….

I’ve been hearing various rumours around Manchester, that Pleasure Bar in Withington is to reopen. Or maybe even has reopened. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I was at Fuel doing sound for the Mushaboom last night and didn’t hear anyone saying it’s reopened yet… it used to be a Withington institution…

But today, Mat has posted a comment on my guide to Manchester open mics suggesting that it’s reopened and there’s now an open mic on Mondays again. Could this be true? Or just the MEN getting their wires crossed? Who knows… If there’s anyone with any comments or info, please post below!

Venue Guide – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Deaf Institute opened in 2008. Downstairs, it’s a really pleasant bar, with some crazy wallpaper. Upstairs, it’s a purpose-built music hall, with a lovely sound system and a reputation for putting on some really good shows.

There’s also a moody basement bar, which is used as the green room for the bigger shows.

It has two sister venues, both called Trof…. in the centre of Manchester is Trof Northern Quarter… then in South Manchester is the originalTrof Fallowfield.

Both the Deaf Institute and the Trof Northern Quarter venues have open mic nights on a Sunday night.

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:
http://www.last.fm/event/969440
Maybe see you there!

Unconvention in Manchester today as part of In the City

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Hi

Just to let everyone know about a really interesting looking event for musicains / promoters – called unconvention, running as part of the In the City festival. I’ll be dropping along to the daytime events. Check out the unconvention website for more information…

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

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

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Hey

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.

Tom Kerswill at Ruby Lounge, Manchester tomorrow (Wednesday 26th March)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Hi

I’m doing a very last minute gig at the Ruby Lounge, Manchester tomorrow night. Also on the bill is God’s Little Eskimo, plus other upcoming Manchester bands. For the full details, visit the event page.

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!

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

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.

Great Mancheseter gig tonight – Kro Bar Acoustic

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Okay, so I’m not actually playing at this one, but I thought I’d let you know about it anyway. It starts at 7.30pm tonight (Tuesday 26th June), £3, and we have:

  • Neil McSweeney
  • Nomad Jones
  • Christopher Knowles
  • Strung Out
  • Robert John

It’s gonna be really ace – looking forward to it!

Tom

M19 Bar Levenshulme

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

The M19 bar in Levenshulme hosts a whole range of music nights, including its regular Acoustic Fest sessions and the open mic night every Monday.

Address:
847 Stockport Road
Levenshulme
Manchester
M19 3PW
Tel: 0161 225 8359

Click here for a guide to other open mics in Manchester

Circus Rock at the Mint Lounge this Wednesday

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Hey – this one’s going to be a fun gig:
Wednesday 6th June
Circus Rock at the Mint Lounge

Gigs in Manchester

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Here’s a regularly-updated list of events in Manchester – centred more on acoustic and folk gigs: