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The Jam night is dead - long live the Jam night!
STOP PRESS! Great news for those among you who, like myself, were mighty saddened to hear that the Legendary Maverick Jam Night had come to an end after so many years - after a couple of false starts,the two house bands have have found a new home for the evening at The Cross, in Oldswinford, under a...
End of an era for The Maverick Jam Nights.
One of the homes of budding young musicians and seasoned professionals alike this week announced that their 22 year long stretch of Wednesday night Jam Nights would be coming to an end as of last night. Management put out this notice via facebook on the 16th December: It is of great regret afte...
Musicians Jam Night At The Maverick
'Jam night?  Why would anyone want to review a jam night?' I can hear you say.  Well, dear reader, speaking as a musician & music lover, I've been to quite a few jam nights over the years, and for me, the Maverick Jam Night is the best one around.             The first thing you should ...
Boars Head Voted Best Small Venue In UK!
Kidderminster's finest live music venue, The Boar's Head in Worcester Street, has won the award for best small venue in a national competition held by the House of Commons. Sandra Baker and Sid Palmer took over the pub two years ago with the aim of bringing live music back to Kidderminster, an...
My Great Affliction's Paragon Of Girth
After various mishaps last year which resulted in the drummer and bassist being the only members of My Great Affliction remaining, the search was on to find people to replace the members of the band who had left. Guitarists and a singer to be precise. Though the band searched originally fo...
Tubby Blues Club - Raising Money for Hospitals
The Tubby Blues Club was originally created to raise money for the Renal Unit of the Gloucester Royal Hospital, by Michael 'Tubby' O' Connell. He was a patient there, and as an act of gratitude after his discharge in 2003, he decided to set up the Tubby Blues Club with the aim of raising money for n...
Remembering Andy Hamilton MBE
It was with great regret we heard that reknowned Birmingham based jazz saxophonist Andy Hamilton had passed away on Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at the age of 94. Andy Hamilton was born on 26 March 1918 in Port Maria, Jamaica, and learnt to play saxophone on a bamboo instrument. He formed his first...
A Brief History of Steve Gibbons
Birmingham born Steve Gibbons' first notable group was the Dominettes, which he joined around 1960. Their edgy R & B set, & uncompromising rock & roll attitude (they were sometimes hired to back strippers at some of the seedier joints, and posted advertisements which read "anything c...
John Peel Vinyl Collection Online From May
Admiriers of the iconic & legendary DJ John Peel, admired & respected throughout his career, will doubtless be delighted to hear of a new project which aims to provide fans with details of 2,600 albums from the late DJ's vast and cherished vinyl collection. The project has been se...
A Brief History of Diamond Head
Diamond Head were formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, by school friends Brian Tatler(guitar) and Sean Harris(vocals, guitar), with bassist Colin Kimberly and drummer Duncan Scott. They were at the cutting edge of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band recorded and released self-financed demo ...
Charity Single Run For Fun by Le Ritz
Run For Fun is the brand new charity single from Herefordshire based band Le Ritz, which will be released on iTunes and all other major download sites on the 27th February 2012. Le Ritz, who are from Herefordshire but toured Europe in the 1970's decided to get back together to re-record and r...
Vinyl Records to Make a Comeback?
Over the years there have been enormous changes in the production and consumption of different music formats. From listening to vinyl on a classic record player, to music available at the click of a button on an mp3 player or IPod. People's attitudes to music consumption have changed and...
Audiotool - FREE web-based audio toolkit!
Hobnox's AudioTool, created in late 2008, is a new webware application that can be used & experimented with for free by anyone who wants to create electronic music, and who either can't afford software, or doesn't fancy downloading and installing anything. This Flash-powered site offers...
A Brief History of Miles Hunt & The Wonder Stuff
Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt (whose uncle Bill Hunt was keyboard player with Roy Wood's Wizzard) found his first gig as drummer in legendary lipsticked & mascara'd Stourbridge Glam-Punk band From Eden, which also featured several future members of Pop Will Eat Itself. After From ...
Mothertrucker @ The Flapper and Firkin
Mothertrucker, Nasdaq + Stinky Wizzleteat @ The Flapper and Firkin, Friday 16th April 2010 A union forged over the last 6-12 months once again reared its head at the Flapper and Firkin on Friday, as Mothertrucker and Stinky Wizzleteat readied themselves for yet another assaul...
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