Brown:music at The Bedford - Gig Report

by therealting on Feb.18, 2009, under Brown:music, Gigs

Thank you to everyone who came to support us at the Bedford last night (or watched online through the webcast). It was a terrific gig with tremendous atmosphere, and it was fantastic to get an encore playing a brand new song!

I’ve embedded a recording of our encore song “Pedal Stool” above (make sure you choose the High Quality option), and more videos from the night can be seen by clicking the link below. I think massive credit is due to our extra band members who (other than a few forgivable hairy moments) delivered the goods on the night after just one rehearsal on Sunday.

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Brown:music at The Bedford - Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009!

by therealting on Feb.15, 2009, under Brown:music, Gigs

This is a gig you won’t want to miss - it’s our first public full-band gig since the Take That tour, at a prestigious Balham venue, and entry is COMPLETELY FREE!

We’ve taken time out to concentrate on writing songs, and have done a few acoustic trio gigs, but this gig will consist mostly of recent material, including brand new songs which have never been heard outside the band before!

Joining us for this gig are a few superb guest musicians: Steve Gilbertson on drums (The Johann Collective!), Simon Small on electric guitar (Chicane), and Jay Darwish on bass (Newton Faulkner). We’ve just had our one rehearsal for the gig and the tunes have really come to life! I will also be guesting with Aaron Short, who will be performing a set on the night.

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Did we mention that it’s COMPLETELY FREE?

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Manchester MEN Arena - Brown:music Supporting Take That

by therealting on Dec.24, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

Onstage at the M.E.N.
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It’s Christmas Eve and I’m blogging to you from my brother’s house in Birmingham, where I will be spending Christmas with my family after our final date on the Beautiful World tour.

In some ways it was a bit of a nightmare gig - I made the mistake of changing my strings about an hour before we went onstage, and evidently didn’t stretch my strings enough. The result: my high-E string slipping out of tune in front of 20,000 people. You know that horrible feeling you get when you’re stuck in a situation, wish you could go back 30 minutes and do one small thing to change the present situation?

Anyway - I’m really happy my parents got to see us perform on a huge stage, and I think they actually quite enjoyed the Take That show. Both of them seemed quite bemused by the screaming 20-something women in the audience around them hurling underwear at the four men onstage.

I’ve really enjoyed the tour, and working with such a great crew operating at such a high level… including the sound engineers, stage crew, backstage crew, catering staff and tour management. All of us in Brown:music are incredibly grateful to the Take That boys for what can only be described as a dream opportunity, and especially to our friend Jason for asking us to tour with them.

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London O2 Arena - Brown:music Supporting Take That

by therealting on Dec.04, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

Onstage at the O2

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Best. Birthday. Present. Ever!

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Royal Albert Hall - Christmas Carols with the Stars

by therealting on Nov.30, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs, Nicki Rogers, The Ob-Sessions Choir

I’ve not been well this week, and when we arrived to soundcheck, I soon discovered that due to a miscommunication with the organisers, there was in fact no guitar amp (and I’d been told specifically not to bring one). Rats. Electric guitar just doesn’t sound the same when you plug it straight into the mixer… not exactly the best start when you are about to play at the coolest venue ever! 

Fortunately Ben (our keyboard player) told me I should plug into his Leslie cabinet, and the sound was monstrous! I even got to flick the rotors on for a couple tunes and got this huge vibey sound from my guitar. 

The choir performance was very well received, and our two guest stars - Heather Peace andDavid Lonsdale - performed very well. Heather in particular delivered what can only be described as a world class performance (and David would be the first to acknowledge this). Our final tune “Oh Happy Day” literally brought the entire hall to its feet… definitely the sort of Royal Albert Hall debut I was hoping for! :) 

Monday is my birthday and I will be playing with Nicki Rogers at The Bedford in Balham - it’s a free gig, so come by to enjoy the music and say hello. Then on Tuesday is the best birthday present a musician could wish for… London O2, say hello to Brown:music!

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