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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.


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.

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.

Looking back while looking forward

We had a lovely time at The Spark in Lichfield last week, and played a pleasant enough first set.

At the end of the first hour, the audience member left.

Shot from the stage. Hello, Lichfield.

Shot from the stage. Hello, Lichfield.

They closed the venue and we went home.

The up side to this is simple – we didn’t alienate anyone with an early finish, and we got a swift post gig pint in with plenty of time.

Obviously the night before Valentine’s Day isn’t a big night out in Lichfield. The people who had said they might come were unable to.

By comparison, our gig in Kenilworth can now be considered a rousing success. Check out the EP from that night and consider downloading a copy. It’s good for the ears and the soul.

If you want that empty room sensation this coming weekend, we’re at the Sow and Pigs in West Bromwich on Saturday March 1st. We’ve managed to convince a drummer to have pity and play along with us, and there may be guest appearances by other friends of ours. This is the heart and soul of the music – make it up and make it good. We look forward to seeing you there.

Gig in Lichfield at The Spark

We’ve secured a gig at The Spark, Lichfield on February 13th, playing a couple of easy going sets from eight o’clock in the evening. The Facebook events page will give you the exact venue details and so forth if you’d like to come and see us.

We’re really looking forward to it!

Breaking up is hard to do … especially if you haven’t started yet.

Piano Player

Welcome to the Dischord blog – the band that never was.

Maybe more accurately, the band that wasn’t and isn’t, but may be to come.

Andy and I have been musical accomplices for a while, and it’s getting to the stage we should do a few gigs. In this light, we decided to form a band, and set ourselves up, and go looking for opportunities to play small venues with our low volume blues-tinged improvised sound. Of course, the very first thing we did was split due to musical differences. Not having played a note, we realised that was premature, and we’ve agreed to at least rehearse before deciding.

If you are a small venue within shouting distance of Walsall or Lichfield, feel free to give us a call. There are no recordings yet, but we’ll see what we can do about that. We are already planning some aspects of our first album. We may even bring some friends, once we’ve made some.

In case you were wondering, we don’t take this (the band) at all seriously. We take the music seriously and everything else just drops around it. This is music as it should be. We win just by making beautiful art. Does that make us artisanal? How do you pronounce that word anyway? Hope to see you around.

“Music” by Robert Course-Baker via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29233640@N07/6687987361/