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The Pilot Project website launch Birmingham, 18th November 2010

Radio To Go invites you to the launch of the Pilot Project website, a joint venture with the British Library. The site showcases new online music from the West Midlands for the next six months of web streaming experimentation.

Doors open for guests at 6.30pm, allowing you to meet Pilot Project and British Library representatives. At 7pm the Pilot Project website goes live, allowing guests to explore the site. The exceptional Jo Hamilton, the hugely innovative Vijay Kishore and 3rd generation Birmingham Reggae pioneers Friendly Fire band will all play showcase acoustic sets during the evening.

The Pilot Project site is the first public phase in a two–year long project, whose ultimate goal is to build a comprehensive archive (the British Library New Music Network), documenting and preserving the best British new music. This is a long overdue and welcome development – our music industry has changed beyond all recognition, and new media and web-based creativity has empowered independent artists as never before.

This website is a first step in acknowledging these changes. Supported by Digital Content Development at Arts Council West Midlands, the site is a test bed. In developing the project, the British Library and Radio To Go have experimented with curation to present a first sampling of material. We have worked with regional experts across the West Midlands, drawn from the local music industry and local media, most of whom will be in attendance (for more details, see the attached press release). The site repertoire will be accessible and searchable, with information and contacts for the musicians. Users can choose to stream the repertoire in various ways.

It is planned for the site to stay online for 6 months, while streaming experimentation takes place, yielding further technical research information for future projects.

Doors open at 6.30 pm for welcome reception; the site launch is at 7pm.
Would you like to attend the launch? Would you like to know where the launch is being held? We would very much appreciate your RSVP  to:  robin at radiotogo.com

The Pilot Project website launch Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, 18th November 2010

Moulettes play live December 9th at Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Kings heath, Birmingham

One of the most charismatic and theatrical of the new wave of British  folk bands hits the road in support of their acclaimed, self-titled debut album on Balling The Jack Records.

The band have shared stages, recordings, and personnel with the likes of Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwane of the Mumfords was their bassist) Noisettes, Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls (Emma Richardson guests on their album), and even the Ting Tings

They have played Glastonbury, Bestival and Summer Sundae amongst many others. They have busked across Europe and led music workshops with kids in Bosnia. They have enchanted twenty-odd festivals this summer – as well as performing gigs on boats; with a 100-voice choir; up a Maltese mountain and in their own back garden.

Their debut album is perhaps the most ambitious ‘folk’ album you’ll hear all year. It splices together strands of classical, gypsy, jazz, alt.rock and even some avant garde to  create a complex yet accessible whole. Highlights include the atmospheric story-song ‘Devil Of Mine’ (boasting a mind-blowing video); the Zepplinesque folk-metal of ‘Requiem’ and the entrancing prog-pop of ‘Wilderness’. Georgina, the violinist with the band has just done a session for Seasick Steve’s new album. Ruth, one of the singers duets with Paul Heaton on his latest album.

“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique”  **** MOJO

“Divine  harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” Time Out

Dec 2nd – Snowdrop Inn, Lewes

Dec 3rd – Haymakers, Cambridge

Dec 5th – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

Dec 7th – The Lexington, London

Dec 9th – Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Birmingham

Dec 10th – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Dec 11th – The Canteen, Bristol


More Info and Press: Joe Cushley email: joecushley at yahoo.co.uk

Moulettes play live December 9th at Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Kings heath, Birmingham

Moulettes play live December 9th at Hare & Hounds (Room 2), Kings heath, Birmingham

The Music Network – 4pm Thursday 28th October 2010, Birmingham T.E.E, Millennium Point, Birmingham, B4 7XG. All Invited

The Music Network is open to all on Thursday 28th October 2010 The Meeting will be lead this month by Andy Derrick and Mark Badger from 4pm til 6pm at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

The Music Network, Birmingham, 2008

The Music Network organises a NETWORKING EVENT on the last Thursday of each month, for the benefit of music related businesses in the West Midlands region. If you have any involvement in music, come and talk about what you’re up to and meet some new people. These Networking events are about all things music in the region. They’re about helping you to teach yourself how to do it, by yourself, for yourself and encourages you to share the knowledge with others so they can do the same.  If you are a musician, a student, someone who works with musicians, represents musicians, has involvement with the music industry, or are looking to make new contacts…..the meeting will be useful.

If you have news to report, a presentation to give, an event to promote, any new points for discussion, a pitch to make, business cards or flyers to hand round, an appeal for help, advice or guidance or even if you just want the free tea and biscuits and some serious discussion…you are invited.

You can also post in by email any news or gig dates or press release information for inclusion on the website and for distribution through the mailing list and RSS feed. More details on the website.

There will be luxury chocolate biscuits and good coffee for all. There’s food and drink afterwards supplied by the creative networks too. Please pass this invite on to Musicians you know or anyone else who you think may benefit.

https://birminghammusicnetwork.com Come and Join us.

About Andy Derrick:

Andy is an independent freelance musician based in Birmingham, UK and works as a teacher, conductor, composer and performer

As a performer Andy has worked all over the UK and in Europe and for many different projects from school bands to the West End and from home studios to BBC Radio.  Andy won the Best Trombonist award at the 2005 BBC Big Band Contest and arranges and composes music for all situations including educational beginner music, advanced solo works and music for diverse ensembles from salsa and function bands to orchestras and school groups.  Andy has worked on the current Bass Trombone syllabus Grade 6 and 7 for the ABRSM.

Andy greatly enjoys conducting and is currently musical director of the Sandwell Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Teaching music performance and composition is a passion that sees him working with pupils of all ages and standards across the Midlands.

About Mark Badger:

Mark runs Iron Man Records, based in Birmingham England. The record label has been running since 1996 and in 2000 he set up Birmingham Music Network which is also known as just The Music Network.

Mark has organised more than 1000 gigs in and around Birmingham since 1994 using many different identities but most of them used the name Badger Promotions until 2002.

Mark plays in a band called Last Under The Sun and another called Police Bastard. He works as a tour manager and driver helping bands out on the live circuit and when he finds time he writes and maintains several music related blogs. Mark has assembled simple online strategies for established bands, like the The Orb, and countless other new bands who have asked for help.

Mark has done some lecturing at Birmingham City University as part of their Music Business degree course, and bits and pieces for the Musicians Union, Birmingham City Council, Learning and Skills Council and Advantage West Midlands.

Mark also operates a shop on ebay selling all sorts of good alternative music on cd or vinyl.

Clive & Matt Ryder at The Boat Inn, Newbold-on-Avon this Monday, 18 October

Father and son duo, Clive and Matt Ryder bring their special blend of traditional Irish, British and American music as our guests at The Boat Inn, Newbold-on-Avon this Monday, 18 October.

Playing guitar, slide guitar, mandola, accordion, bouzouki and Northumbrian pipes, Clive as been a dominant figure in the Coventry and Warwickshire folk circuit since the 1970s and was a member of the celebrated band Salmontails.

His son, Matt has proved himself an expert player on banjo, guitar, mandola and bass and is winning widespread acclaim for his own interpretation of American music.

The evening will be hosted by BorderLine Crossing featuring the superb singing of Chele Willow plus Pete Willow and Dave Cook on guitars. The music starts around 8.30pm and admission is free – but bring some change for the raffle and guest collection.

The sessions take place on the third Monday of the month and our first birthday night on November 15th sees the welcome return appearance of Kristy Gallacher, the first guest we invited when the club was launched.

Hope you can make it this Monday. Now that the Rugby bypass is open, it is much easier and quicker to drive to the club from Coventry and Leamington – no more dark bendy country lanes!

Further details from Pete Willow 01788 832608 or 07887 552896


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