Archive for the ‘Manchester’ Category

Radio Show on AllFm.org / 96.9FM Monday 11pm-1am

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

We’re back on the airwaves this Monday, 11pm-1am, on AllFm.org, 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 allfm.org, from 11pm-1am tomorrow!

Tom

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

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.

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!

Gig tonight – Joe’s Bar, Northern Qt, Manchester

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Hi everyone

I’m playing in Joe’s Bar tonight (Monday 6th October) as part of In the City Fringe festival… I’m on at 7.30pm… Should be a good night. More info can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/joesbarmanchester … Here’s the full lineup:

NUCLEAR – In The City Official Fringe Venue! Listings announced!
Current mood: artistic
Category: Music

STAGE TIMES & BANDS

Friday 3rd October

DJ 11pm – onwards

10pm – 11pm – Circus Animals Dissertion
www.myspace.com/circusanimalsdissertion

9.10pm – 9.40pm – The Counter Culture
www.myspace.com/thecountercultureareyourfriends

8.30pm – 9 pm – The S R Gents
www.myspace.com/srgents

7:50pm – 8:20pm – Kni9hts
www.myspace.com/kni9hts

Saturday 4th October

DJ – 11pm onwards

10.pm – 11pm – The Huw Wilcox Band
www.myspace.com/thehuwwilcoxband

9.10pm – 9.40pm – CrazyDaze
www.myspace.com/crazydazemusic

8.30pm – 9pm – El Policia
www.myspace.com/elpolicia

7.50pm – 8.20pm The Fayre
www.myspace.com/busfayre

7.10pm – 7.40pm – Strange Ways
www.myspace.com/thestrangewaysband

6.30pm – 7pm – Tori Bragg
www.myspace.com/ToriBraggMusic

5:50pm – 6:20pm – Disco Jane Doe

Sunday 5th October

DJ – 11pm onwards

10:30pm – 11pm – The Strands
www.myspace.com/thestrandsmusichull

9:50pm – 10:20pm – Strange Ways
www.myspace.com/thestrangewaysband

9pm – 9:30pm – Purlin
www.myspace.com/purlinuk

8:20pm – 8:50pm – Tidal Fury
www.myspace.com/tidalfury

7:40pm – 8:10pm – Calvinball
www.myspace.com/thisiscalvinball

7pm – 7:30pm – Antihero
www.myspace.com/therealantihero

6:20pm – 6:50pm – The Project

Monday 6th October – Acoustic

10:30 – 11pm – The Perrys (Electric)
www.myspace.com/theperrys1

9:50pm – 10:20pm – Dys
www.myspace.com/withdoublebass

9pm – 9:30pm – Paddy O’Hare
www.myspace.com/patrickoharemusic

8:20pm – 8:50pm – Gareth Wandless

7:40pm – 8:10pm – Tom Kerswill
www.myspace.com/tomkerswill

7pm – 7:30pm – Jonny Dobbs
www.myspace.com/jonnydobbs

6:20pm – 6:50pm – Oliver J Brooke
www.myspace.com/oliverjbrooke

5:30pm – 6:10pm – Troubadour
www.myspace.comtroubadour2007

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

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

Gigs – Hull, Ripon and Atlanta

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Hey! I’m playing in Haworth Park, Hull, this Saturday 3rd May — then at Ripon Beer Festival, Ripon Cathedral, on bank holiday Monday 5th May. Check out my myspace page for more details on these two events!

After that – Kro Bar, Manchester on 10th May with Jon Gomm is going to be a great gig I think – more details on that soon! And straight after that, off to New York and Atlanta, for the Mahoneyfest – can’t wait!

Tom

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.

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

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!

Accommodation in Manchester

Friday, July 6th, 2007

There are a few good cheap places for bands and acoustic acts to stay when visiting Manchester. The following have been recommended to us:

Hatter’s / Hilton Chambers – Hostel in the Northern Quarter. Seems really clean and nice, with a good vibe.

The Manchester central Travelodge looks okay too – and is actually reasonably cheap.

The Lansdowne is also reasonable… and is situated near Fuel and Fallowfield Trof.

Yha Manchester is also well worth looking at…

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

The Castle, Oldham St

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Updated April 2009 The Castle closed for quite a few months last year, but has recently been bought up, renovated, and re-opened its doors. No word on any open mic as yet… here’s the page for the old Castle:

Sadly the Castle, Manchester, closed in 2008. The remaining bit of this post is kept for reference:

*****

The Castle pub has a weekly open mic night on Mondays, run by Ollie Smith. It also has lots of other music going on throughout the week. It’s a small, initimate venue, with a few real ales – definitely slightly off the beaten track (a long way up Oldham St, beyond Dry Bar and Night and Day).

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
(Location map)

Tel: 07969 618357
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thecastleopenmic

Trof in the Northern Quarter

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Trof Northern Quarter opened in 2007 (building on the well-known Trof brand, which began in Fallowfield)

5-8 Thomas St Northern Quarter
Manchester, M4 1EG
United Kingdom

There’s also an open mic night here every Sunday – arrive as early as possible to get a slot! Sign up begins at 8pm, with the first act on at 8.30pm.

It’s worth checking out the: Trof Northern Quarter Open Mic Facebook.

Back in 2007, it was briefly home to my Songs for the Bath Tub series of acoustic nights on the first Tuesday of every month.

Location map for Trof Northern Quarter


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Tom

Manchester Fundraiser – 4th June

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Hey! I’m taking part in a fundraising gig at the Manchester Phoenix (Oxford Road). There’s some great performers taking part… It’s going to be a really great gig:

Tentelini Fundraiser - Manchester Phoenix

Tom