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Adventures in Birmingham: Live music at Six Eight Kafé

Adventures in Birmingham: Live music at Six Eight Kafé

Those of you who know me on Twitter will have noticed I’ve been to every single Live Music Friday evening at Urban Coffee Co but now I’m delighted there’s a second coffee house to embrace one of life’s pleasures. I’ve loved live music in coffee shops ever since I first saw a man and a […]

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Adventures in Birmingham: OxJam

Adventures in Birmingham: OxJam

Last year, OxJam was not only one of my best Birmingham discoveries but one of my favourite days of the year. Last year we caught a few soloists like Neil Ward but the highlight was city favourite Tom Peel at arguably the best venue, The Victoria. So I am very much looking forward to this […]

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Music Monday: The Last Party

Music Monday: The Last Party

I’m bemused and delighted when unsigned bands email to introduce themselves. It sure saves me the trouble of getting to every gig early to see all three or four bands (although I’ll do that anyway!). Wouldn’t it be great though if we heard them in clothes shops, coffee houses and most crucially the radio? I […]

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Adventures in Birmingham – Music Mayhem

Adventures in Birmingham – Music Mayhem

Supporting live/local music I didn’t set out to break any records but if I did, it will be to hear as much live music as possible. Starting at my own event, Birmingham Vintage Fair to the end of Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival last Sunday, this is the lowdown: June 25th        Birmingham Vintage Fair […]

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Music Monday: P is for Robert Palmer

Music Monday: P is for Robert Palmer

At the top of my list of those who were taken early, is this talented singer. 1. Mercy Mercy Me 2. She Makes My Day 3. Every Kinda People 4. Johnny & Mary 5. Know by Now More on Robert Palmer Share the love…

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Music Monday – N is for New Order

Music Monday – N is for New Order

A simple choice for me this week: 1. World in Motion – the best footie song ever recorded 2. Thieves Like Us 3. Temptation 4. Blue Monday – huge in my school days as the first single that we knew of only released as 12″. We all had to go and buy 12″ from then on. […]

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Live Music Friday – This Burning Age

Live Music Friday – This Burning Age

Yes I know, I said I wouldn’t write about local bands on here again. Last time, despite me saying I’d enjoyed the gig, that I went out of my way to leave my beloved B5 enclosure to get to Moseley upon a recommendation and that my only point was that I wished they’d done some […]

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Music Monday: M is for Manic Street Preachers

Music Monday: M is for Manic Street Preachers

It’s back to #MusicMonday after the break for holidays and what a classic band to come back with. They’ve produced so many fine tunes over the years so this list could change as early as tomorrow: 1 Motorcycle Emptiness – this will probably stay number one though 2 A Design For Life 3 If You […]

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30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 30 – Your Favourite Song at This Time Last Year

30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 30 – Your Favourite Song at This Time Last Year

So we reach the end of 30 days, the month went very quickly! Thanks very much to Hannah for organising it. I imagine it was this one, which means almost a year since the big break up (sigh) Share the love…

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30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 29 – A Song From Your Childhood

30 Songs in 30 Days: Day 29 – A Song From Your Childhood

Wow there are so many, I could write a book on the subject (Ahem!). I have it down to two but will choose Gary Pucket and the Union Gap – Young Girl This song could not be released in todays, scared politically correct world so it’s iconic now. Share the love…

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