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Gig tonight at The Old Dancer, Wilmslow

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Hi everyone,

I’m playing tonight at The Old Dancer in Wilmslow. Stage time 8.30pm, and I’m playing in the upstairs bar. It’s a free gig. I’ll be playing loads of new stuff… Venue details here.

Coming up this Friday – A gig with Ivan Campo in Macclesfield

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Ivan-campo-jpg
I’m playing a gig in Macclesfield this Friday, 21st June 2013 at the Acoustic Sanctuary event at the King Edward St Chapel in Macclesfield. The lineup features:

  • Ivan Campo
  • Hugo Kensdale
  • Helen Walford
  • Tom Kerswill

I’m really looking forward to it — it’ll be my first gig for quite a few months, and a chance to play some new songs too!

You can find the Facebook event for it here

Seven Miles Out festival in Stockport today

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The Seven Miles Out festival is a great, free festival in the centre of Stockport, from the organisers of The Teenage Market. It’s taking place today (Sunday, 29th July 2012) from 11am until 4pm. I’m playing at the Baker’s Vaults at 12.40pm today – and on one of the stages inside the market at 2.50pm (Just before Manchester musician Gideon Conn). It’s going to be a great day. The sun’s even come out!

Tom

Huddersfield Cotton Factory – Tomorrow (Friday)

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I’m playing at Huddersfield’s Cotton Factory tomorrow (Friday 10th Dec 2010). It’s a charity gig, raising money for the Karma Enduro rally, which in turn raises £10,000 for charity. Click for more details of tomorrow’s gig.

It will be good to be in Huddersfield again. I seem to have ended up playing there quite a lot recently – including the Huddersfield Oxjam event back in October.

Oxjam Huddersfield – tomorrow

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

I’m really excited to be playing the Oxjam Huddersfield gig on Saturday, 23rd October.

It’s a whole afternoon and evening of music, with a total of 42 acts playing – from acoustic solo artists and duos, to full bands.

Tickets can be bought at Oxfam’s shop on New Street, from the venues on the day or online at We Got Tickets.

Complete Lineup for Oxjam Huddersfield 2010

The Graduate (Huddersfield SU):

5.45-6.15pm – The Rise

6.30-7.00pm – The Creeks

7.15-7.45pm – EBGBs

8.15-8.45pm – Ether5

9.00-9.30pm – Ashe Vendetta

9.45-10.30pm – Five Minute Limit

10.45pm Onwards – The Rag Tags

The Parish, Kirkgate:

5.45-6.15pm – Wind Up Mind

6.30-7.00pm – Nicola’s Cage

7.15-7.45pm – Mark of 1000 Evils

8.00-8.45pm – Mr Shiraz

9.15-10.00pm – MinionTV

10.15-10.45 – Cub Club

11.00pm-0.00am – The Scaramanga Six

Bar 1:22, New Street:

5.30-6.00pm – Luva Gunk

6.15-6.45pm – The White Tide

7.00-7.30pm – NAKED

8.00-8.30pm – Keirononon

8.45-9.30pm – Escape Artist

10-10.45pm – King Kananga

11.00pm-0.00am – AuditCONTROL

Sleepers, Viaduct Street:

5.30-6.00pm – The Kitschens

6.15-6.45pm – Last of the Sirens

7.00-7.30pm – Bad Bad Bird

7.45-8.30pm – Feeds

9.00-9.45pm – The Revenues

10.15-11.00pm – Leo Brazil and His Twitch

11.15pm-0.00am – Nu Popes

Little Buddha Bar, Viaduct Street:

5.45-6.15pm – Thomas Armstrong

6.30pm-7.00pm – Aether

7.15-7.45pm – Jack Hopkinson

8.00-8.45pm – Stuart Nolan (psychological experience)

9.00-9.30pm – Harrison Richards (mind reader)

9.45-10.30pm – Owen Phillips

10.45-11.30pm – Liz Mackenzie

The Head of Steam, St George’s Square:

5.30-6.00pm – I am the prize

6.15-6.45pm – Dave Haigh

7.00-7.30pm – Jasmine Kennedy

7.45-8.15pm – Alice Nicholls

8.30-9.00pm – Tom Kerswill

9.15-10.00pm – Ben Marron

10.15-11.00pm – Steph Stephenson

Playing the Yardbird, Birmingham, at 4pm today

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The Free Love ClubHad a really good, busy week – including a trip to Go Ape yesterday, which is always good fun. We also went to check out Alt Country band Mt. Desolation, who played at the Deaf Institute last night. It was a well-attended show – impressive, because this is the band’s first tour. They’re made up of members from Keene, the Killers and Noah and the Wale. Though in actual fact, the touring band seemed to basically be the two frontmen from Keene, and some other assembled musicians. It was an enjoyable gig though.

This afternoon I’m playing at the Yard Bird in Birmingham. Doors open at 4pm, and I’m on at 4.30. It’ll be good to be doing an afternoon gig. The event is called the Free Love Club, and it runs from 4pm right through to midnight. You can get more details of the event at reverbnation and Facebook.

Gig in Altrincham tonight

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Hi everyone

I’m playing at the Green Room in Altrincham tonight from 9pm (Thursday, 12th August 2010). It’s been a while since I’ve done a gig, so I’m looking forward to it. Here’s the address:

17 Goose Green
Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1DW
07971 676 049

Passenger, Tom K and Pablo’s Finest Hour at the Bay Horse this Tuesday

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I’m supporting the fantastic Passenger at the Bay Horse tomorrow (Tuesday 15th June). One of my favourite Manchester acts, Pablo’s Finest Hour, are also on the bill. Here’s the line-up:

  • 8pm – Pablo’s Finest Hour
  • 8.45pm – Tom Kerswill
  • 9.30pm – Passenger

I’m really excited about doing the gig. You can buy tickets here

Hopefully see you there!

Tom

The Totnes Gig – tonight

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

We’re currently driving from Exeter to Totnes, for the last day of rehearsals before the gig tonight. It was sounding really nice yesterday. Basic premise is to get a load of songwriters together and then work on one new song for each songwriter, over a weekend. Then we’re all playing on each other’s songs.

A lot of the arrangements involve vocal harmonies, but there’s a cellist, two keyboards, guitars and djembe between us, so lots of scope for doing stuff.

The gig starts at 7.30pm tonight (Sunday, 9th May) and it’s £4 on the door. The venue is the Ariel Centre, Totnes.

Tom

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 Amazon.co.uk, 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 SponsorTrees.com 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.

Stalybridge Acoustic Eclectic, and a new open mic in Todmorden

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Thanks to everyone who came to the Acoustic Eclectic gig in Stalybridge last night. Had a really, really good time. It’s a lovely atmosphere there, and a good place to play.

There was also an open mic session beforehand – players included Robin Mukherjee, Ed Turner, Jon Orpheus and Tony Ward.

On the subject of open mics in Lancashire, the Greater Manchester area, and further afield, I’ve just spotted an open mic in Todmorden, on Thursdays. It’s at a venue called Jack’s House. They’ve messaged me to say they’ve got new equipment, and will now record your performance for free. Slots are 15-20 minutes long. Might be worth checking out. Their next is tonight (Thursday 26th), from 8.30pm till 12am.

And, closer to Manchester, I’m now running an open mic at Bar One in Withington each Sunday. Last week’s was especially good, with a big turn out and a set from Nic Chapman (Hebden Bridge)…

And of course there’s the Trof NQ open mic in Manchester city centre each Monday.

Finally – don’t forget that Jon Gomm is playing this Friday, 27th November at Kro Bar. Also on the bill are Laienda (Bristol) and the Woe Betides (London / Birmingham). £4 in. It’s going to be a great night – can’t wait.

Acoustic Eclectic in Stalybridge this Wednesday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Acoustic Eclectic with Tom Kerswill - Wed 25th Nov

Acoustic Eclectic with Tom Kerswill - Wed 25th Nov

Acoustic Eclectic is a lovely acoustic night at the Q-Inn in Stalybridge. I’m playing there tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 25th November). It’s a free night (donations welcomed). There’s an open mic beforehand, and I’d really recommend it as a place to play. Lovely friendly, audience, nice beers – a good night!

You can add yourself to the Facebook event or head over to the acoustic eclectic myspace page.

Jon Gomm, Laienda, Woe Betides, I am Three, this Friday at Kro Bar

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Hi

This Friday at Kro Bar, we’re putting on some really excellent acts. We have Jon Gomm, the Woe Betides, Laienda, Lisa Marie Glover, I am Three, and I’ll be playing a couple of songs too:

It will be £4 in on the door, and get there for 7.30pm to see all the acts…  Really looking forward to this one!

All Fm Unsigned Show on Monday – Track Listing

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Really enjoyed presenting the All Fm unsigned show on Monday, 16th November. We had Damiani live in session at 11.30pm. Here’s what we played:

  1. Josephine Oniyama – Closer
  2. God’s Little Eskimo – The Sea Shall Not Have Them
  3. Mel Uye Parker – Red Skies
  4. Sons Of Noel+Adrian – The Wreck Is Not A Boat Damiani live session:
    1. Gypsy Boys
    2. Fragile
    3. Ravens And Crows
    4. Broken
  5. Crooked Rooks – Hi-Ho The Carrion Crow
  6. I Am Three – I Try
  7. April Maybe May – Back To Me
  8. Huw Jacob – Higher Every Day
  9. Leo Brazil – Take it East
  10. The Miserable Rich – Monkey
  11. The Loose Kites – Shoot Me
  12. Zoe Mulford – The Earth and the Sky
  13. Tiki Black – Oye
  14. Denis Jones – 17

Our next show is on Monday, 14th December, 11pm-1am, when we have Leo Brazil and the Disco Nasties (TBC) live in session.

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.

Tom

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

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Hi

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.

Videos from the Trof open mic now online

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Trof Northern Quarter open mic

Trof Northern Quarter open mic

I’ve finished work on the Trof open mic videos at long last. There are videos of a total of 17 performances. Over the coming days I’ll highlight a few of them. First up we have: Aiden Cross, Danny Blockley and David Shafai. I’ll post three more performances in a few days.

Artists can embed videos in their own site by pressing the embed button on the video player. Let me know if the comments if you have any problems playing the videos.

You can also see an index page of all the performances from the open mic.

The last ever Sunday open mic at Trof Northern Quarter is tonight. After that it will be every Monday. We’re replacing the Trof NQ night with a new night — which you can also come to tonight. It’s at Bar One, Withington and starts at 8pm. This is the second ever open mic we’ve done there, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be running Bar One tonight and Ollie with be running Trof NQ. See you later…

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…

Tom