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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.


Free gig at Jackson’s Boat on Saturday

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

This coming Saturday, there’s a free day of music at Jackson’s Boat — which is on the banks of the Mersey, near Sale Water Park. Some of the artists playing include Oniyama and the Sun Collective, Jason Dunkley and That Girl Sue, Zacc Rogers, Passenger, Alexis McLean, and me (Tom Kerswill). It’s free, but charity donations are welcome! Not sure exactly when everybody will be on yet… but their website advertises music as being in the evening – I’m thinking things will be starting around 6pm but will keep you posted!

Here are the address and contact details for the pub:

Jackson’s Boat
Rifle Road
M33 2LX
(0161) 905 264


Gig with Josphine Oniyama, this Sunday, Pulse Cafe, Todmorden

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Thanks to everyone who came to the gig at Trof Northern Quarter last night. It was a really fun gig!

I’m playing at Pulse Cafe, Todmorden, along with Josephine Oniyama. It starts at 2pm on Sunday, 23rd August.

I played at Pulse a few weeks ago, and it’s a lovely venue. The gig is free, too!

Josephine’s a really well known Manchester artist, and always puts on good live shows. The cafe does great vegetarian food, coffee and even has beer and wine. If anyone wants a lift up there, there are 3 free spaces in a car at the moment – just let me know in the comments section on the blog, or by email…


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!

Recommended gig tonight: Fuel Cafe, Manchester: The Woe Betides

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Hi, How Are You at Fuel

Hi, How Are You at Fuel

Tonight, Phil from Mushaboom is putting on his monthly “Hi, How Are You” night. It’s at Fuel cafe, starts 8ish, and is free (though donations to cover his costs are very welcome). I’ll be there, doing the sound. The line up includes:


“Echoes of Sigur Ros and Explosions in the sky” – Artrocker

If you like loud pounding guitars, thom yorke style electronica, and beautiful soundscapes a la Mogwai, Sigur Ros…you must not miss this gig from Brighton 4 piece MBMR
Take a chance to hear something new. something exciting.. and go away having seen your favourite new band.

With support from…


Pop duo championed by Jeremy Warmsley!

“There’s something dark and brooding about The Woe Betides… sweet, fast-paced chorus, heavy guitars and almost New Romantic-esque vocals. Not too shabby at all!” (Stool Pigeon)


“Conor Oberst may have competition!” Sandman

Bay Horse Gig this Sunday (7th June) – Country Club

Friday, June 5th, 2009

There’s going to be a really nice little gig this Sunday at the Bay Horse. I’m playing around 6.45pm. and there”s a barbecue – which is always a good thing at a gig:

BBQ!! 3.30-4.15 (at least)
Doors 4.30-5.00
Thom Stone 5.15-5.45
Andy Needham 6.00-6.30
Tom Kerswill 6.45-7.00
SRGents 7.15-7.45
Charnock & Russell 8.00-8.30
Kamal Arafa 8.45-9.15
BBKC 9.30-10.00
The Bedlam Six 10.15-10.45

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.

Undergrowth Collective

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Been working on a very exciting new collective / series of events, in association with For Folk’s Sake, Songs for the Bath Tub, and the Hobop collecitve: It’s called the Undergrowth Collective.

I’ll post the full press release shortly. We’ve got a Twitter Feed set up for the collective too. The next event will be the Hoboparty at Cup (Manchester) on 23rd March – with a lineup that includes Kreg Viesselman and DJs from the Brute Chorus. All very exciting. More details shortly…

New EP – Flowers, Fevers and Dreams

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008


I’m excited to announce the new EP… It’s not out as a physical product yet, but it’s available to stream for the moment on Last Fm. You can view the page and listen to all the tracks here:

Would love to know what you think…


Sunflower Lounge gig on 2nd November

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Hey! I’m playing the lovely Sunflower Sessions night, at the Sunflower Lounge (just down the road from Birmingham New Street Station) on Sunday, November 2nd. It’s £1 in, if I remember rightly, and should be a really nice night of acoustic music. You can catch live sessions by:

Tom Kerswill
Alex Harmon
Harlem Dandy
Marcus Bonfanti
Tim Allen

I’ve just received my new EP back from being mastered, which is quite exciting… Hopefully if it’s ready by 2nd November, I’ll have a few copies of it with me!



Unconvention in Manchester today as part of In the City

Monday, October 6th, 2008


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…


Exeter / Phoenix

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Having a good time down in Exeter. Last night went to the Exeter Phoenix arts centre to check out the originally Totnes-based cabaret phenomenom which is Wondermentalist. It was a great evening, full of a variety of weird and wonderful acts, mostly performance-poetry related. Highly recommended!

I’m playing at the Exeter Phoenix this afternoon from 1.30pm, in the terrace / cafe area, as part of the Exeter Respect festival. It’s also going out on 106.8 FM in the Exeter and worldwide… The event is free.

See you later,


Free Gig at the Roadhouse, Sunday 15th June

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Hi – playing a free gig tonight at the Roadhouse. Click here for the Facebook event page… On the bill are:

Dorne Hendry
Garron Frith
Tom Kerswill
Danny Mahon
Ben McGarvey
Alexis McLean
Lou Whatling



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

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

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008


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.

Carlton Club tonight (Thursday) – Aidan Smith

Thursday, March 6th, 2008


I’m not actually playing at this one, but I thought I’d let you know because I’m involved in running the night and I reckon it’s going to be a great show. Tonight (Thursday 6th March) at the Carlton Club, Whalley Range, we have:

  • Aidan Smith
  • The Steve Bland Assembly
  • Bleeding Hands
  • David Sanders

Beer costs £1.85 a pint, and it’s a really nice venue. For directions and info head to this page… From 8pm, £3 on door.

New gigs announced – Bath, Bristol and Stafford

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Hi everyone

Some new gigs in the South West – Bristol (Oppo) on 27th February, Bath (St James’ Wine Vaults) on 11th March and Stafford (The Ford Squad) on 14th March.

These will be added to the gig calendar soon, I promise!

See you soon


Sunflower Sessions on Sunday

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Hey everyone

I’m playing at the lovely Sunflower Sessions acoustic night on Sunday 3rd February (tomorrow!) It’s a really great night and features:

Sunflower Sessions

JIM LOCKEY 7.15 – 7.45
ZEROIZE 7.55 – 8.25
TOM KERSWILL 8.35 – 9.05
EMILY 9.15 – 9.45
NATHAN BENNETT 10.00 – 10.30


Hark To Towler near Bury – Pirate gig!

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I’m playing in a pirate-themed bar on Friday, 11th January… It’s the Hark to Towler in Tottington. Drinks are pretty cheap, and it’s free entry… always a good night there!

Check out their (colourful!) website for details: It’s dead easy to get from Manchester to the bar by public transport too!