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Bandstand Blues – August 23rd

We have another date in the Arboretum coming up. Sunday afternoon, 23rd August we’ll be playing blues at the Bandstand with invited guests and all comers.

Yes, if you play well enough to be happy having a jam, bring your instrument and we’ll see what we can do. There isn’t much in the way of amplification, but we’re happy to talk in advance if you want something particular.

The rules are basically:

1. Rock up.
2. Rock out.

Kick off is around 2pm, until we run out of ideas or they cut the power and unleash the hounds.

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Walsall Town Festival

We’ve been offered a gig tonight at Walsall Town Festival, organised by the lovely Deb Slade, the Town Centre management and Jimm Rennie whose one man show “The Ancient and Inaccurate History of Walsall” was premiered yesterday in a caravan parked outside the new Primark.

We’re on between half five and half eight at The Bakehouse on Goodall Street. All are welcome. More details about the festival and fringe (of which our gig is a part, shared wtih Elmore Row.

We can foresee the potential for jamming and mucking around with other musicians if you fancy. As always, there will be plenty of music and chat but in a brilliant (indoor!) setting which has an excellent reputation. There is the outside possiblity of a pint afterwards at the Black Country Arms which is just round the corner.

Upcoming Gigs

We have a few spots coming up if you’re in the Walsall area. We’d love to see you there and even sit in.

May 30th, The Olive Tree – A delightfully bijou venue in Walsall right beside the bus station. Charity gig, so bring some pennies to donate to Leukaemia Care. There will be a couple of sets from half seven. If you have no cup final tickets, or want to forget the scoreline, drop in.

June 13th, Walsall Arboretum Bandstand – Afternoon gig. Watch out for publicity closer to the event for times. We’re very lucky to get a Saturday gig here and we’re hoping the weather will hold. Apparently there’s a Reg Dwight concert on locally, but hopefully we can warm up for him, eh?

August 23rd, Walsall Arboretum Bandstand – This one’s a Sunday afternoon, and you’re welcome to turn up and join in. Bring your trumpet, flute, guitar, harmonica or whatever along and sit in with the band. We’ll be playing bits and pieces and you can find your groove with us. We tried it last year and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Do pop along to any of the gigs. Come to all of them. It’s going to be rather fun.

Anti-social Media

To be honest, we’re not entirely certain how to take the relative success of our most recent gig, and it’s with great delight we can announce we’ve accepted a booking to play in Whittington in September.

In anticipation of the pending record contracts and tour offers, we’ve set up a Facebook page. This is gently ironic given the band was created as a result of a Facebook conversation between Andrew and Andy. We also have a Twitter account, if that’s your thing.

Of course, you can also be anti-social if you choose. We’re not going to pretend every one is in the mood for our blend of blues and relaxed enjoyment. Please do get in touch if you’d like to hire us though. Dave has joined us as resident drummer and we’re very happy to talk to anyone who wants chilled music from chilled musicians!

Great Gig in the Arboretum Bandstand

Thanks to everyone who came to see us in Walsall Arboretum at the Bandstand. It was a great gig and made more fun for all concerned by the two unexpected guests who played and sang with us.

The sun shone, we played blues, and hopefully the afternoon was brighter for it.

We also want to take the opportunity to thank Gary Nicholson (who booked us) and his team of Rangers at Walsall Arboretum. Gary and Dennis opened up the venue for us, hung around to make sure we got off to a good start, then tidied up and put it all back at the end. Everything they did was with good humour and it was great to work with them.

Walsall Arboretum Bandstand – here we come!

Summer’s here, and the time is right for Dancing in the Street. Or maybe Jamming in the Arboretum.

Dischord are down at Walsall Arboretum in the Bandstand from two-ish on Sunday 20th July. We’ll be crafting gentle blues-based accompaniments to your post-prandial strolling, encouraging you to groove to sublime rhythmic invention, and giving you a reason to stay put for a while and listen to music you’d only otherwise encounter in high class lifts.

We’ll be presenting our sonic discourse with the help of invited guests and walk-on minstrels, having a hack at improvising our way round an hour or two. You’re more than welcome to join us.

Facebook Event link here.

Sow and Pigs – good for Gigs

We played at the Sow and Pigs in West Bromwich on Saturday night. They’re a brilliant crowd, with some local character! We had Dave joining us for his first gig as our drummer, plenty of blues and the occasional ale to help us on our way.

Next best thing to our name in lights...

Next best thing to our name in lights…

We loved playing there, and hope Jason will have us back at some point. Maybe next time we’ll take a microphone with us so we can sing some numbers as well.