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Live From Birmingham: Chris Bowden, Andy Derrick, Föllakzoid, Yellowman, Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita

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Chris Bowden & Andy Derrick The Blue Piano August 1, 2019 Birmingham alto saxophonist Chris Bowden operates a monthly gig at The Blue Piano pub, just outside the city centre. He always invites guest players, and this time it was local trombonist Andy Derrick. Bowden is one of the best ...

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Live From Birmingham: The Chieftains, Rachel Harrington, Lucinda Williams, Alex Rex & Amythyst Kiah

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The Chieftains Town Hall July 8, 2019 Paddy Moloney remains the absolute driving force of The Chieftains, and has been since their formation in 1962. His pipes and whistles were joined by flute, percussion, guitar, harp, keyboards and a pair of fiddles, two step dancers, plus a whole host of ...

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Live From Birmingham: Siksa, Brian Jackson & Daddy Long Legs

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Siksa Centrala June 30, 2019 As unto a deep folkloric tradition from Poland, the duo of Siksa are viewable as conduits for contemporary social observations, the punk-noise descendants of ye olde troubadours, spreading a torrent of words across a manure field of distortion. The Centrala art gallery in Birmingham is ...

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Stourbridge Festival Of Improvised Music 2019

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Stourbridge Festival Of Improvised Music Claptrap Stourbridge, England June 30, 2019 Promoter Richard Clay has long been a committed supporter of the Birmingham free jazz and improvised music scenes, and has recently initiated a series of gigs at the Claptrap venue in Stourbridge town in the West Midlands ...

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Live From Birmingham: Joe Louis Walker, Alasdair Roberts & Brian Jackson

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Joe Louis Walker Pizza Express September 15, 2018 Mostly, the US bluesman Joe Louis Walker can be heard playing incendiary electric guitar licks, but this UK mini-tour offered the rare opportunity to catch him in acoustic mode, even if this dude's definition of 'acoustic' is much meatier than most. He ...

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Ideas Of Noise 2018

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Ideas Of Noise The Edge & Vivid Projects Birmingham, England August 3-5, 2018 Noise isn't really noise. Much of this weekender's content was somewhat sculpted, even if often rough (or scaly, or oozing) to the touch. A 'noise' outcome is usually in the eardrum of the victim, as ...

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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall Royal Birmingham Conservatoire June 25, 2018 In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles. Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together ...

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Supersonic 2018

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Supersonic Birmingham, England June 22-24, 2018 Running since 2003, the Supersonic festival specialises in musics that press firmly against the limits of cranial perception, whether expanding from deep inside our inner liquids, or fracturing in unexpectedly like a bolt of intrusive alien contaminate. Supersonic sounds can be minimalist and meditational, ...

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Live From Birmingham & Gent: David Byrne

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David Byrne Symphony Hall Birmingham England June 17, 2018 As each show piles up, on this year's seemingly eternal David Byrne tour, we can relish the wonderment of extreme precision, of rehearsals that become daily life. Conversely, as the old Talking Head rolls off, planning to ...

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Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

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Dinosaur Hare & Hounds June 14, 2018 Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was ...


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