New open mic finder

by Tom Kerswill on January 27th, 2010

Martin Joiner’s been in touch via the blog, to promote a new open mic finder that he’s put together, using info from more regional blogs like mine. It looks pretty good, and allows you to track down open mics in a range of cities. You can also add / suggest new open mics.

Currently it includes open mics in Bristol, Bath, Newquay, Taunton, Leeds, Manchester and loads of others — there’s a bias towards South West towns at the moment but I think it’ll expand more nationally. Useful for bands who are on tour and have a few evenings free!

You can check out his open mic finder here.

Trof NQ open mic tonight

by Tom Kerswill on January 25th, 2010

Hi everyone

I’m running the Trof Northern Quarter open mic night tonight… sign up is from 8pm, and the whole thing kicks off at 8.30….

Tom

Free charity gig tonight in Altrincham

by Tom Kerswill on 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.

Open mic in Up Holland, near Skelmersdale

by Tom Kerswill on 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

by Tom Kerswill on 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.

All Fm Unsigned Show playlist

by Tom Kerswill on January 13th, 2010

Really enjoyed doing the Unsigned Show on Monday. We had some great live sessions from Kristyna Myles and April Maybe May. Here’s the full track listing:

1. Richard Barry – Strolling Along
2. Clare Mooney – Stop the War
3. Caulbearers – Small Spaces
4. Robin Mukherjee – Morning Chorus
5. Hannah Atkins – My Heart is Like a Flower
6. Kristyna Myles – Fooling
7. Kristyna Myles – Just Three Little Words
8. Kristyna Myles – Someone
9. Shimeon – Will in Chains
10. Alexis McLean – Let You Be
11. Aidan Smith – Pockets
12. Kate Sloan – A Romance Unfolding
13. Lorelei Loveridge – Oh, India
14. April Maybe May – Seasalt
15. April Maybe May – White Horses
16. April Maybe May – Fold

All FM Radio last night

by Tom Kerswill on January 5th, 2010

Hope everyone’s enjoying the show!

I helped present Danny McTague’s show on All Fm last night. It was great fun (though not qute so fun cycling there in the snow!)… Here’s the playlist. I’m back on air 11pm-1am next Monday (allfm.org):

# April Maybe May – An open book
# Jesca Hoop – Hunting my dress
# Charlotte Martin – Stromata
# Nancy Elizabeth – Corriander
# Robin Mukherjee – Morning Chorus
# Diamond Knights – Destination Diamonds (Once we were diamonds EP)
# Explosions in the Sky – The Birth and Death of the Day
# Nic Chapman – Vasal Song
# Emma Burgess – Massachusetts
# Explosions in the Sky – Jesu Mix (14)
# The Huers – In My Dream
# Neko Case – Star Witness
# Jesca Hoop – Murder of Birds
# Alexis McClean – Ride On (Christie Moore)
# Alexis McClean – Make it Snow
# Alexis McClean – Summer rain
# Alexis McClean – Only You (Yazu)
# Delta Wade – Any way I want to
# Denis Jones – Paper
# Delta Maid – Any way I want to

All Fm – Vicky Richardson’s Night Moves

by Tom Kerswill on December 18th, 2009

Really enjoyed beinig a guest on Vicky Richardson’s Night Moves show last Tuesday. It was great fun playing on the show, and also hearing all the other tracks she played.

You can catch Vicky’s show every Tuesay night (Wednesday morning) 1am-3am. Here is the playlist:

STEVE FORBERT
Romeos Tune(1979)
JUKEBOX EXPLOSION LP
RONCO 1979

INXS
Elegantly Wasted(1997)
NUMBER 1 DRIVE ALBUM CD
POLYGRAM 1997

THE KINKS
I Wish I Could Fly Like Superman
JUKEBOX EXPLOSION LP
RONCO 1979

TOM KERSWILL LIVE IN SESSION
Wash Away
LIVE SESSION TRACK
ALL FM 2009

TOM KERSWILL LIVE IN SESSION
Flowers Fevers And Dreams
LIVE SESSION TRACK
ALL FM 2009

TOM KERSWILL LIVE IN SESSION
Sometimes These Words
LIVE SESSION TRACK
ALL FM 2009

BEN FOLDS
Landed
YOUTUBE TRACK
YOUTUBE 2007

SERGIO MENDES AND BRASIL 66
*(HERES 1 I MADE EARLIER)
Scarborough Fair(1969)
NAUGHTY BUT NICE CD
FAMILY 2005

SIMON AND GARFUNKEL (HERES ! I MADE EARLIER)
Scarborough Fair/Canticle(1966)
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL COLLECTION
CBS 1980

LEDDRA CHAPMAN(MYSPACE SPOTLIGHT)
Story
TELLING TALES CD
MYSPACE 2009

WALTER EGAN
Magnet And Steel(1979)
STARTIME LP
RONCO 1979

TOM PETTY
Free Falling(1989)
THROUGH THE YEARS – ANTHOLOGY CD
MCA 2000

THE LEVELLERS
Pour
GREEN BLADE RISING CD
HAG 2002

TOM KERSWILL LIVE IN SESSION
Gravity
LIVE STUDIO TRACK
ALL FM 2009

NANCY ELIZABETH
Coriander
BATTLE AND VICTORY CD
THE LEAF LABEL 2007

TOM KERSWILL LIVE IN SESSION
My Minds Eye
LIVE SESSION TRACK
ALL FM 2009

GIGOLO AUNTS
Where I Find My Heaven(1995)
NUMBER 1 DRIVE ALBUM CD
POLYGRAM 1997

GIN BLOSSOMS
Hey Jealousy(1993)
NUMBER 1 DRIVE ALBUM CD
POLYGRAM 1997

AMERICA
Ventura Highway(1972)
NAUGHTY BUT NICE CD
FAMILY 2005

PETER SKELLERN
You’re A Lady(1972)
NUMBER 1 DRIVE ALBUM CD
POLYGRAM 1997

Acoustic Sunday open mic at Nexus

by Tom Kerswill on December 17th, 2009

Just heard from Carl Stephens, who runs acoustic Sundays at Nexus Art Cafe, Dale Street, Manchester.

Acoustic Sundays are taking a break for Christmas, but will be back on Sunday, 10th January 2010. The music starts at 2.30pm.

The sessions are open to any musicians who want to play – and to get a slot, you just have to get in touch with him and book one:

http://envirosonic.blogspot.com
http://myspace.com/acousticsundaysatnexus

Carl says: “Thanks to everyone who has played Acoustic Sundays this past year. It has been geat to hear so many fantastic acts every month and I hope this will continue throughout the new year.”

On All FM / 96.9FM / AllFM.org tonight

by Tom Kerswill on December 16th, 2009

I’m on Vicki Richardson’s Night Moves show from 1am-3am this morning. I’ll be playing a few of my tracks, chatting, and hopefully playing live, although I managed to drop a PA system on my finger the other day, so not 100% sure about that.

So, yup – on air in 10 minutes’ time. You can listen online at allfm.org…. or on 96.9 FM near Manchester, UK!

Tom

Urmston – Guitar Recording night

by Tom Kerswill on 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..

Lots of Manchester gigs and open mics

by Tom Kerswill on November 29th, 2009

I’m currently waiting in a van, helping my brother move house… so just time for a very quick blog update. First thanks to everyone who came to Kro on Friday – it was a really good night, with excellent sets by Jon Gomm, I Am Three, Laienda, The Woe Betides and Lisa-Marie Glover. Was good to be involved with promoting a night again.

It’s the Bar One open mic tonight. As always, pints are two quid all night. Ollie will be running things this time. It runs from 8.30pm till late every Sunday.

Note (20th Jan 2010) Bar One has now closed down, sadly — check elsewhere on the site for other Manchester open mic nights

And I’ll be running the open mic at Trof Northern Quarter tomorrow night (Monday)…

See you soon,

Tom

Stalybridge Acoustic Eclectic, and a new open mic in Todmorden

by Tom Kerswill on 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

by Tom Kerswill on 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

by Tom Kerswill on 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

by Tom Kerswill on 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

by Tom Kerswill on 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

Facebook groups for the open mics

by Tom Kerswill on November 13th, 2009

Hi everyone

We’ve got Facebook groups for both the Bar one open mic on Sundays, and Trof NQ on Mondays. Here they are…

Bar One open mic: Facebook Group

Note (20th Jan 2010) Bar One has now closed down, sadly — check elsewhere on the site for other Manchester open mic nights.

Trof Northern Quarter open mic: Facebook Group

Cheers!

Tom

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

by Tom Kerswill on 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.

Recommended live music nights at Oddest and Bar One tonight, plus Fuel and Trof Northern Qt tomorrow

by Tom Kerswill on November 8th, 2009

I’m just on the train back from a really good trip – first to Oslo for a couple of days, and then to Edinburgh. Will hopefully have time to write about both in the next few days.

Back in Manchester, there are some excellent gigs happening over the next few days. Tonight (Sunday), Jo Rose, Dan Melrose, Pablo’s Finest Hour, Noon and Jack Frazer are all playing at Oddest – the night’s called “With a Little Help” and it’s in support of a music therapy charity.

There’s also the open mic night at Bar One, Withington – being run by Josh tonight.

Tomorrow, The Miserable Rich are playing at Fuel (Red Deer Club). Plus there’s the newly-moved Monday open mic at Trof Northern Quarter, from 8pm till late – hosted by Ollie. Finally, I’ll be presenting some of the Unsigned Show on All Fm, with Danny (I’ll be standing in for Rob). The show’s from 11pm-1am, and I’ll be there in the studio from 11.45pm (after packing up the equipment from the Miserable Rich gig). I’ll be back on the show the following week, when we’ll have Ricky Damiani doing a live session.

See you soon,

Tom