Love Your Neighbour in Walsall

September 3, 2016

I’m playing a gig in a couple of weeks in Walsall Town Centre. It’s only a short appearance on a stage I’m happy to share with a whole host of local performers, speakers and dignitaries. Love Your Neighbour is an initiative started in Birmingham and spreading across the country.

It would be great to see a whole crowd of people supporting their local community.

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Chip off the old block

December 12, 2015

This evening the Doorknobs played another charitable gig in aid of the Aldridge Church Centre building fund, and St James’ Church Mere Green.

My role in these affairs is basically to sit at the back of the band on piano, fulfilling the time-honoured position of chord monkey (assistant chord monkey if a guitarist is present) and filling in with blistering improvisation if there are gaps to fill. Read the rest of this entry »


On the road again with Dischord

August 6, 2015

Just a quick post to highlight Dischord’s next gig.

We’re on the Arboretum Bandstand in Walsall in a couple of weeks’ time, and looking for collaborators who fancy sitting in for a few numbers. Last year it was good fun, and very relaxed. This year, we cancelled our first Arboretum date due to bad weather. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to make this one.

 


A week of achievements

July 12, 2015

In the last ten days, I’ve had a run of extremely positive moments. Since this blog exists partly to document my ego, I thought I’d pull them together and see what they all looked like in order. It started on Saturday July 4th…

tl:dr I did lots of brilliant stuff. Aren’t I epic? Read the rest of this entry »


Squeaking your Language

June 29, 2015

I survived panto. It’s behind me.

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Songs of Rest

October 13, 2014

Tonight I had the best fun you can have with a trombone. I made music! Technically, since it was with an orchestra, it was the second best fun you can have with a trombone. The best thing you can do with a trombone for fun is this. Read the rest of this entry »


Loitering within Tent

September 6, 2014

Today I had the most tremendous fun playing Blues with Dischord, at the Whittington Country Fair.

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We delivered three sets across the afternoon and were lucky enough to see a few friends in the crowds of visitors enjoying the late Summer sun with this “traditional” country fair.

The ferret wrangler was most amusing, and the classic cars glinted in the afternoon sun when the cloud briefly dispersed. There was food, beer, craft, local interest groups, and even a miniature steam traction engine.

Many thanks to John for inviting us, and to Nigel who joined us on sax for the occasion.