Friday, 31 December 2010

Musicians Wanted Hampshire West Sussex

Musicians Wanted Hampshire West Sussex: Bass player with BVs available. Country or Rock 'n' Roll:

Surrey Rehearsal Studios

Surrey Rehearsal Studios page for info & feedback on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

London Rehearsal Studios

London Rehearsal Studios page for info & feedback on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

Surrey Bands

Surrey Bands: Anyone want to gig with Engine Room of the Apocalypse in 2011?

Has 2010 been a good year for ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP?

"Has 2010 been a good year for ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP?" is what Paul Stansfield of Creak asked me at the RTYD Xmas party. Well, let's see:

There was the article in The Times; That was cool. Thanks to Nicholas Barnett of Dead or Alive Promotions for tipping off the young Times journalist and inspiring this.

There was the mention in The Musician (the Musicians Union magazine) along with Facebook and Twitter as a social network beneficial to musicians; that was cool too. Thanks to Louise Rutkowski (formerly of This Mortal Coil) for alerting me to this.

14 Carat Grapefruit put on a gig at The Miller in London Bridge in the name of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP, and we hosted out first RTYD-SOCIAL event there later in the year. There were other RTYD-SOCIALS run by members in Guildford and Oxford, later in the year, too.

Those good people, and fabulous musicians, The Zone, kindly put on a series of monthly gigs in 2010 in the name of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP at the Native Tongue in Epsom. I hope more bands will do the same in 2011.

We had out first RTYD committee meeting. Now, although we have not met again since, its members have since felt like people I can turn to for advice and we do plan to get  together early in 2011. Marc Verlaine put his hand up this year to offer his help on the live scene. He is currently apprenticing at gigs and will run his own RTYD nights very soon. Thanks, Mark!

We lost the Saturday nights at The Libertine, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we gained the Saturday night in the West End of London at 4, Denmark St. (recently re-branded The Alley Cat) a much better two band 8-10pm gig.

We lost the R-T-Y-D fanzine, in the late-2010 online streamlining of RTYD, which is a shame because there were some great contribution by members, though sadly not enough to justify its ongoing digital publication. We also lost the Bands, Fans & Industry network, in the same culling, which just simplifies things for members, I think.

So, all in all, I think 2010 has been a good year. I've learnt a lot, about promoting gigs, and digital and social media marketing. I've learnt how to keep the plates spinning with less effort, which means I can focus on more exciting things than tweeting, like making music.

But 2010 was the year that I realised I was no longer enjoying running so many gigs, which is a shame, but there it is. I'm a musician before I'm a promoter, damn it! I want to be playing, and watching bands on the network as a fan, not as a promoter. I don't really want to stand at the door and take money. 'Specially as it's very much money.

Plans for RTYD in 2011 include improving it as an information resource online for venues and rehearsal facilities. More podcasts to promote some of the great original music made by bands on the network. Increasing the membership. Sending out more flyers to rehearsal studios. That'll do for now.

Musicians Wanted Birmingham

Musicians Wanted Birmingham: Drummer available. Most styles.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Pop 'til you drop: Bobby Farrell of Boney M dies aged 61

I wasn't really a fan, and he ain't very 'rock', but he did 'pop' and 'disco' 'til he dropped. I also grew up hearing Boney M on the radio, and, against my better judgement, I've probably danced to them at some party or school disco; And that Ra-Ra-Rasputin was pretty catchy and funny, wasn't it?

More about Bobby Farrell and his career:

Toby Burton

New RTYD Member

Eddie Franklin of Birmingham band The Toms is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The UK's only Gig Calendar devoted to mature musicians and bands,

The UK's only Gig Calendar devoted to mature musicians and bands. Get your gig on it for free internet promotion:

Surrey Gigs: Leatherat

Leatherat's last 2 gigs sold out. Grab tickets for this while they are still available -

New Year's Resolutions

Mature Musicians make New Year's resolutions, too:

Great Drummer Offer - Not to be missed!!

RTYD London Kent: Don't miss the opportunity to snatch up this great DRUMMER OFFER in the end of year RTYD SALES!!

Musicians Wanted London

Musicians Wanted London: Ex-The Global Village Trucking Co. seek drummer for juke-joint/Latino/blues:

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Musicians Rugby Warwickshire

Musicians from Rugby Warwickshire, new members of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

Bristol band Poundshop Life

Bristol band Poundshop Life's page on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

Musicians: 2011 New Year's resolutions

Musicians: Let's hear your New Year's resolutions, and plans for 2011:

West Midlands Musician: Martin Rider

Martin Rider of The Tristars has joined West Midlands Musicians group on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

Anybody get any great new CDs or music books for Xmas?

Anybody get any great new CDs or music books for Xmas? Jimmy did:

Musicians Wanted Berkshire London Surrey

Musicians Wanted Berkshire London Surrey: Guitarist seeks musicians to write/gig. Sonic Youth, etc:
More new members of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network from Cheshire, Warwickshire & London:

Monday, 27 December 2010

Musicians Wanted Berkshire Hants Surrey

Musicians Wanted Berkshire Hants Surrey: Blues/rock drummer looking for a low down dirty blues band:

Is it too soon?

Is it too soon to think about this?

Musicians Wanted London

Musicians Wanted London: I'm looking for a musician to start a cover band:

Musicians Wanted Cheshire / Gtr Manchester / Merseyside

Musicians Wanted Cheshire/Gtr Manchester/Merseyside: Are you looking for an informal jam situation?

Musicians Available Warwickshire

Musicians Available Warwickshire: Guitarist for dep gigs. Available at drop of hat. All styles:

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Borough Studios, London

Borough Studios, London, wins the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARD for Best Rehearsal Studio of 2010: Anyone used it?

New RTYD Member

Two new members of the South-East Musicians Group on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

New RTYD Members

Ian Lloyd of the Raw Deal Band (West Sussex) is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

New RTYD Members

Danny Hynes of Paddy Goes To Holyhead is now a member of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians & Bands Network:

Monday, 20 December 2010

London Gig

London Gig: Tomorrow night (Tues) Big John Carter & Henri Herbert’s Christmas Boogie @ The Fiddler’s Elbow,1 Malden Rd, London, NW5

Some of the best music of 2010

Hear the some of the best music of 2010 in the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS podcast, inc. Spirit of Play, Creak & 14 CG:

New RTYD members

New ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Members today from Hants, West Mids and Nottinghamshire:

Musicians Wanted Sussex

Musicians Wanted Sussex: New RTYD member, guitar/keys, looking to join a band:

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Musicians Wanted Kent

Musicians: New RTYD member: Drummer from Kent looking to join a band:

Musicians Wanted Scunthorpe

Musicians: New RTYD member: Guitarist from Scunthorpe looking to join a band:

London Gigs

London Gigs Cancelled (due to snow): Small Fakers @ The Standard, Walthamstow: Tickets valid for next show:

Surrey Gigs

Surrey Gigs: Tonight!! 9pm, The Row Barge, Guildford: Sons Of Icarus (formally The Fury): Originals & classic rock & blues.

Musicians Wanted London/Kent/Surrey

Wanted guitar player with vocals aged between 45 and 55, should have more chops that a Tesco’s butcher, the voice
of Hilda Baker with the stage presence of buffalo on a stampede, rock, Indi, soul and funk covers to start, but own tunes to be written, will be gigging roughly every six weeks in and around London and the South East with several
gigs in France and Germany in the planning, you must play to a very good standard fully confident and be ready and willing to take the stage, sorry this is not an opportunity for a beginner. 
Dave Bennett||London|South

Do as he did: ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP: Captain Beefheart (January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010)

Do as he did: ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP!! Captain Beefheart has died aged 69: It'd be great to hear your memories:

Friday, 17 December 2010

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

When no one reviews your gig, you do it youself! Patrick Begley on The Dipsticks Xmas Bash: gig

Patrick Begley on The Dipsticks Xmas Bash: Dipping Our Sticks in The Constitution

It was around six thirty when we arrived at the Constitution. It perches on a perilous corner atop a slight hill above the Canal as it seeps out of Camden Town towards Kings Cross. I was more nervous than usual, perhaps because of an injudiciously acquired hangover.

The little Basement Bar of the Constipation seems to have some sort of part-time electrical gremlin. Last time we played there - no problem. But the time before that [and last Saturday] there were high pitched whines and rice krispies snapping their cracklepops through the PA for no apparent reason. It cranked up our stressometers as the audience slowly drifted in during our lengthy sound check.

We kicked off a bit later than usual, around nine o' clock. We started slowly and gently with 'Swamp Groove' and'Tearaway' before kicking up a gear into 'Wet Streets' and 'Alright John'. By then we realised we had a good crowd. The vibe was right and it was going to be a memorable night. The good thing about the Destitution is that you only need around 20 people for an atmosphere. We had maybe 30 and they were all up for it. It wasn't faultless. There were occasional mistakes, but when you play with a really hot, experienced rhythm section its just not that important if you trip up once in a while, the mighty beast travels on whilst you chase after and scramble back on board.

That's what gives our music its edge and vitality: the sense of danger, the leaps into the void, a hint of fear. Davy Graham, the late lamented local sixties guitar legend whose pictures adorn the walls of the Basement Bar, once told me, 'as long as you start and finish strongly, you can get away with a bit of mayhem in the middle.' A rocked up version of 'Don't Think Twice Its Alright' went down surprisingly well. As did two new songs, 'Wino Wisdom' and 'Valentine Always', which I'd only ever done as a solo acoustic number before.

We started the second set with 'Red House' and I hit one of those sublime rare zeniths in the solo where you actually make your own hairs stand up on the back of your neck. People were a-hooting and a hollering by the end. If I'd known how raucously and rapturously it would go down I wouldn't have followed it with the downbeat 'Fire Within', but by then it didn't matter, we were in the zone. I felt I'd started 'Let Me In' too slowly, but it didn't stop people dancing and the way we kick the poo poo out of 'Waiting For My Man' is always a highpoint of our gigs. This was no exception. Alan and Mark drive the thing like a V8 battering ram so I can take my strat to the ceiling and beyond. Our beautiful ex-drummer, Ange, was there in the audience yet again, and due to her exhortations, for an encore we reprised 'Edited Highlights', before our full on mental finale of 'Gone Dead Train.' We do it about ten times faster than the original version on the Performance soundtrack.

We rocked, we rolled, we kicked arse. We found the colour of our soul and we painted the world with it.

Patrick Dipstick Begley

Musicians Wanted Cheshire /Derbyshire /Greater Manchester

Musicians Wanted Cheshire /Derbyshire /Greater Manchester: Drummer wanted for The Shambolic. Originals:

Musicians Wanted Leicestershire

Musicians Wanted Leicestershire: Bass player to complete the line up of covers band. 60s to present:

Mature Musicians News

Mature Musicians News: Sadly, after 28 years The Moths have split up. Duncan Wallis is going his own way.

London Gigs

London Gigs: Tomorrow night!! 14 Carat Grapefruit & Tres Retros @ The Comedy 7 Oxendon St, SW1 (

Nevermind the Q Awards; Here's the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS 2010

Nevermind the Q Awards; Here's the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS 2010:

One of the six 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS

The winners of the 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS will be announced during the 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS podcast, which will available to listen to, or download, at 6pm on Thursday 16th December.
Musicians Available Kent/London/WSussex: This Drummer is great. HighlyRecommended. If I didn’t already have a drummer:

The 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS podcast countdown clock

The winners of the 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS will be announced during the 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS podcast, which will available to listen to, or download, at 6pm on Thursday 16th December.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Musicians Available Kent/London/West Sussex

Musicians Available Kent/London/West Sussex: Drummer ready to gig. Blues/Rock/Indie/Funk
Glasgow musician Thomas C Callum just joined the Scotland Musicians group on RTYD:
Anyone going to the 14 Carat Grapefruit Xmas gig this Wednesday night at The Comedy?
I hear a fantastic night was had by all on Saturday at The Dipsticks Xmas Bash. Got any photos anyone?

RTYD Tweet

Musicians: A 73 year old drummer just posted an ad on RTYD. Anyone out there older than than that and still rocking locally?

The Humber Musicians group on RTYD

Bomber Graham joined the Yorkshire & The Humber Musicians group on RTYD:

Musicians Available Norfolk: Drummer (73)

Musicians Available Norfolk: Drummer (73) available. Started before Rock&Roll was invented! Most styles

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Mature musicians:

Musicians: Jimmy's got about £350 to spend on a new electro-acoustic guitar - any recommendations anyone?

Joining the PRS - worth it or not?

Joining the PRS - worth it or not? A discussion by RTYD member Graham Hunt:

My last Libertine

I ran my last Libertine acoustic gig this afternoon - I will continue to promote these events as long as someone else runs them. Otherwise, they are over. If no one person wants to run them, I suppose we (yes you and you and you and me) could run them as a cooperative. How about that? We could have various members curating Acoustic Afternoons. That might be the spark these events need.

Anyway, this afternoon, after the initial disappointment of losing my first act, Andy Murray of Lion House cheered me up no end with an entertaining set of covers and originals and some great between-song banter. Alan Levy, late-comer to the bill, also made me laugh with his songs about beards, and sofas, and buses. And Tracy Picardi, who was playing her third Acoustic Afternoon, was enthralling. She has great songs and a great voice with which to sing them.

So it ended up being a nice afternoon.

I just don't want to run them anymore.

RTYD Tweet

After filling the bill @ the 11th hour for today's gig @ The Libertine, I'm now an act short again. I've had it with this promotion lark.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Musicians Available West Midlands

Musicians Available West Midlands: Bass player, nice gear, 60s, 70s, some vocals, Shadows, Beatles, Kinks:

RTYD Tweet

Was all set to go out for the Dipsticks Xmas party, but now stuck in with Xmas hat, poppers & Xfactor. Bollocks. Toby

Mature Musicians News

Mature Musicians: Peter Cook guitar owners unite:

RTYD Tweet

That Woodwork O'Level really paid off; 2010 RTYD Awards nearly finished (Awards Cos wanted approx 600 quid to make 'em!) Toby

RTYD Tweet

I love the smell of oak in the morning! Toby

RTYD Tweet

Sanding the oak RTYD Awards in preparation for varnish. Looking good.

RTYD Tweet

I won't miss booking 4-act bills in 2011. 2 acts once a month is enough for me. Toby

RTYD Tweet

Finally!! Found a fourth act for tomorrow's Acoustic Afternoon at The Libertine, SE1: Toby

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Musicians Wanted London

Musicians Wanted London: Guitarist looking to play music with like-minded people. Eagles/Byrds etc:

Acoustic Act Wanted London

Anyone want to play an acoustic set at The Libertine, Borough, SE1, this Sunday afternoon? If so, please email Toby at

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Creak at the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Xmas Party

Creak playing The Who's 'I Can't Explain' at the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Xmas Party:

The wonderful Spirit of Play at play: ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP, 4, Denmark St (Nov 2010)
Welcome to today's new members of the RTYD Musician & Bands Network:
"A Good Time" by Kryptic Klu for XMAS No.1!! Hear it here, recorded live at the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP XMAS PARTY:

"A Good Time" by Kryptic Klu at the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Xmas Party

And, as you will see, 'a good time' was certainly had by all those in attendence.

Acoustic act needed for Sunday afternoon 12th Dec. at The Libertine, SE1

Acoustic act needed for this Sunday afternoon (12th) at the Libertine, Borough, SE1: Contact: Toby at Thanks.

ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP.COM in the Musicians Union magazine

ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP.COM, Facebook & Twitter: Social networks that benefit musicians, says The Musicians Union magazine:

ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP.COM in the Musicians Union magazine

In an article by Anne Wollenberg for the latest edition of The Musician, the Musician Union's quarterly magazine (Autumn 2010), ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP.COM is included along with Facebook and Twitter as a social network that can benefit musicians' careers.

Obviously it's too small to read below, but you can read it here or click on the image to open a pdf.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Creak beat me to the blog entry. Read theirs of last night's RTYD Xmas gig:
Thanks to Creak & Kryptic Klu for kick starting the RTYD Festive Season last night. VSoon: The announcement of the 2010 RTYD Award Winners.

Musicians Wanted Suffolk

Musicians Wanted Suffolk: Female Vocalist, Sudbury, blues voice with soul; also folk, pop or rock:

Musicians Wanted Beds/Bucks/Northants

Musicians Wanted Beds/Bucks/Northants Drummer for dep work; country music & all styles; can also sing:

Musicians Wanted Essex

Musicians Wanted Essex: Quality drummer, prefers blues but adaptable, looking for band:

Friday, 3 December 2010

Tomorrow night!! It's the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Xmas party!! Funmongers Creak headline, and rising stars of da scene Kryptic Klu support.
Friends of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP, The Outbursts, on Reverbnation:

Musicians Wanted East Sussex

Musicians Wanted East Sussex: SKIFFLE and COUNTRY band require vocalists & keyboard player:

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Tuesday, 30 November 2010's COOL ‘n’ YULE Xmas Album is out now!!'s COOL ‘n’ YULE Xmas Album

The Xmas song contest was a great success with over 100 entries and thousands of voters. Rokpool have produced an album which costs a fiver and is available from the Rokpool website. A link to the sampler is below.


Got my PUNKS NOT DAD DADVENT CALENDAR today in the post! It's sick! And my daughter can't have it!
Musicians Wanted Cleveland/Northumberland/Tyne and Wear: SINGER/SONGWRITER LOOKING TO START A DUO/BAND:

Monday, 29 November 2010

Musicians Wanted County Antrim/Armagh/Down: The Belfast Band is looking for singer/guitarist & keyboard

Last chance to see The Lone Groover in 2010

For the final time this year, THE LONE GROOVER will be bringing his folk 'n' bop revue to yet another London boozer.....and this time it's "up west" on Saturday 4th December (Is it too early to call it a Xmas bash?).

The venue is The Lamb & Flag, 24 St James Street, (just off Oxford St - opp Bond St tube) old fashioned Saturday night knees up and it's gratis!

(Also appearing is Age Jackson - alt Country and beat poetry, Acoustic Cavemen - eclectic acoustic covers, + Dan Cash).

Peace 'n' Luv 'n' Haight,

(On stage - 8.15pm)

Friday, 26 November 2010

Musicians Wanted (Cheshire/Clwyd/Shropshire) Bass player wanted for rock/pop band Ruff Diamond:

The Small Fakers remaining gigs of 2010

Sat 27 Nov - The Riga, Southend
Fri 3 Dec - The Cellars, Portsmouth
Fri 10 Dec - Private Function
Sat 11 Dec - The Sound Bar, Birmingham
Sat 18 Dec - The Standard, Walthamstow, London
Wed 22 Dec - The Globe, Cardiff
Mon 27 Dec - The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst
Wed 29 Dec - The Flowerpot, Derby
Thur 30th - Boom Boom Club, Sutton

Oh and early 2011:
Fri 14 Jan - Jagz, Ascot
Sat 15th Jan - Cox's Yard, Stratford Upon Avon

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Musicians Wanted (Warwickshire & W.Midlands) Guitar/drums seek bass/vocals. Guitarist 54; Drummer 42:
Tonight!! (Fri) MULESKINNER at The Brook Inn, Elcocks Brook, Redditch B97 5UD (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Sorry everyone - a shameless way of trying to make a few quid to keep Punks Not Dad in Horlicks and IKEA bedside tables! Our celebrtated DADVENT CALENDARS are now on sale! The perfect Xmas gift for any middle-aged bloke who would normally be getting a set of hankies or a matching pen & pencil set...

Limited stocks (no, really!) available so get one while you can to avoid dadly disappointment. Just £5.99 INCLUDING P&P and only available from WWW.PUNKSNOTDAD.COM (there's a link on the home page).


Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads,

Musicians Wanted (Cheshire/Manc/Mersey) Keys bass drums singer wanted for 60/70s band. Work waiting:
14 Carat Grapefruit's Xmas Gig is Weds 15th Dec @ The Comedy, 7 Oxendon St, SW1:

Musicians Wanted/Available

Mature Musicians Available: (Northumberland/Tyne & Wear) Bass player & BVs. Blues, rock, own transport:

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

RTYD Member Paul Reynoldson's band SpringFoxToo are available for Xmas Eve booking:
RTYD Member Simon Waller is performing with his band A Body of People @ The Hope & Anchor, Islington Saturday (27th)

Musicians Wanted/Available

Mature Musicians Wanted: (London/Essex) Singer wanted to join 2 guitars, bass & drums covers/originals

Musicians Wanted/Available

Mature Musicians Available: (Strathclyde) Guitarist looking 4 like-minded musos. Blues, rock & country:

Musicians Wanted/Available

Mature Musicians Wanted: (Swindon, Wiltshire) Lead Vocalist Wanted. Classic rock.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Bugbear presents: Spizz Energi at The Dublin Castle on Thurs 2nd December.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Mature Musicians Available (Beds/Bucks/N'hants) Drummer available 4 dep work. Will consider most styles

The right notes in the wrong places

So, Pocket Rocket, once again reduced to three pieces (the last time it was thus was circa 2002), took to a West End stage on Saturday night, playing its first gig in nearly a year. In support of the wonderfully witty and harmonious Spirit of Play, we played the eight songs we have been rehearsing with our new drummer Nigel over the last 2-3 months.

In the last few months I have been trying to add a new lead guitarist to the line-up, but have not had any success in finding the right man for the job. In my heart of hearts I want my old guitarist back, but the time isn't right for him. So in his, and any other guitarists, absence, I have had to take over lead guitar duties.

I've had to learn some of my former lead guitarist's solos, which have been an education and a challenge. I didn't even know you could bend a G-string that far! So Saturday was going to give me a good idea about whether I could manage to add lead guitar to lead singing and rhythm guitar duties. One of the complications is pedal volume settings. But that's the subject of another blog all together

The response to the 3-piece sound we made was positive, however, this coming from two Grapefruits, and others in attendance. As a result I feel inclined to continue taking on the responsibility. I may even become a better, more confident guitar player, you never know.

I fluffed parts of the lead solos that I shouldn't have, but there were no howling bum-notes just the right notes in the wrong places. Like a good game of Mastermind, I'm sure in good time I will be get all the right ones in the right places.
So why do people seem to think that 3 hours of live music is not worth the price of a pint? RTYD Musicians&Bands Forum:

Musicians Wanted/Available

Mature Musicians Wanted: (London/Surrey) Guitar player 37 wants bass & drummer 4 ambient sonic groove:

Musicians Wanted/Available

Mature Musicians Available: (London) Vocalist looking for duo/band. Acoustic/electric:

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Thanks for posting this Punk documentary:

Warning: This blog contains flash photography

These are two photographs taken with a compact camera of the same Spirit of Play performance at ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP 4 Denmark Street, last night.

The second photograph (taken with a compact camera) is not in perfect focus - unfortunately, the battery on my camera ran out before I could take any more. However, I usually take enough shots that a small percentage are in good focus. It's worth doing, because as you can see from the first photograph, the flash on the compact camera has completely killed all the atmosphere of the event. And I know there was one.

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Mature Musicians Available: (Cheshire/Grtr Manchester/Merseyside) Bass player looking to jam:

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Mature Musicians Available: (Berks/Bucks/Oxon) Experienced bass player, 59, looking for band.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Sunday 3pm (21st) FELIX'S UNI OF ROCK @ The Dirty South, Lee High Rd Lewisham, London SE13 (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)
Tonight!! (Sat) RTYD Presents Spirit of Play & Pocket Rocket at 4, Denmark St. WC2H. 8-10pm.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Saturday night!! The Greedies at the Star Inn, Guildford (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Mature Musicians Wanted (Chiswick, London) Singer (42) seeking a covers band, Tom Petty to Tom Waits:

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Mature Musicians Wanted: (East Sussex/Kent/London) Drummer wanted for newly formed rock covers band:

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Mature Musicians Ads: (Hook, Hants) Female vocalist, 46 wants to get out and gig and have a few laughs:

Mature Musicians Wanted/Available Ads

Boston, Lincolnshire, bass player looking to join /form sixties retro R/B soul band:
Thanks to all those who came out in the rain last night for the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-SOCIAL. See you all again soon, Toby

This Friday: The Lone Groover plays The White Lion, Streatham High Road, SW16

Dear Comrades,

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a lot of faith THE LONE GROOVER will be engaged in a spot of civil disobedience in the form of a "Folk 'n' Bop" singalong at The White Lion, 232 Streatham High Road, SW16 on Friday 19TH Nov. He'll be ably supported by Tolly & Superbreaker on the ones and two's as they indulge in some serious vinyl vandalism, spinning 45's from the vaults and beyond (Punk/Ska/Northern/Indie etc). The headline act, JD Smith will be adding to the mayhem with some acoustic punk/blues.......
TLG on home turf? and it's GRATIS!
You must not's gonna' be a Friday night like they used to make 'em.......Look Sharp!

Peace 'n' Luv 'n' Haight,


(TLG on stage 9.45 - JDS on stage 10.30)

"Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced and whose bigots haunt the airwaves" Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Tonight!! (Thurs) Tres Retros @ The Cobden Club, 170 Kensal Rd London W10 5BN (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Mature musicians of London unite and fall over: ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-SOCIAL tonight!! The Miller pub, 96 Snowfields Rd, London Bridge, SE1 3SS
Punks Not Dad's DADVENT CALENDAR is out now. F~*k the kids, get one for yourself:

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

And then there were three (but not for long): The re-launch of Pocket Rocket


My band Pocket Rocket is playing on Saturday night at 4, Denmark St, in the West End. Soon to be re-branded The Alley Cat, it is a basement venue that occupies the same space that many great rock bands and icons have recorded some very famous music: The Stones, the Beatles, the Sex Pistols and Black Sabbath, to name a few. Mark McKendrick of the Dipsticks and I think they should cash in on all that history, so that's my attempt, as a player-promoter, to do so.

Saturday night's a ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP night and the headline band is Spirit of Play, who I have been a fan of since I first saw them, and whose singer Michael Caines has been an enthusiastic contributing member of the RTYD network since its early days. If you like Belle & Sebastian, you will like them.

Pocket Rocket, which is temporarily at least, a three piece, is just about match fit. In the absence of a lead guitarist, I have taken over lead guitar duties. I have risen to the task, but after over fifteen years of not having to add these duties to my lead-singing and rhythm playing, it has been challenging. I've enjoyed practicing my guitar at home. Re-familiarising myself with a few scales, and generally trying to get better at my instrument.

But last night at our final rehearsal before Saturday, for the first time I felt overwhelmed by all I had to think about. I was singing on auto-pilot, which I hate doing. Basically, because I was too busy worrying about my guitar tuning, my amp and pedal board settings.

Now that Nigel, our new drummer, has his parts down and is familiar with the songs, the next step is to tighten things up and perform the songs. But I couldn't last night, 'cos my attention was so divided. I have enjoyed turning up the distortion, but in doing so, some of the funkier guitar playing has been compromised. I miss the dynamics that two guitars can create, one cleaner than the other; one strumming, one picking; one funky, one playing power chords. I don't miss not hearing myself so well. And a lead guitarist who can't get his levels right. I do however miss the man and his playing, when it was great, which it could be.

We also need another backing singer. A couple of birds (or mums, even), would be nice. Mike, my lifelong friend and bass player, sings, but he's not a natural. He comes up with some good  BV ideas, but his tuning can be a bit suspect, so we need a third singer with a strong voice.

In 2011, I intend to spend more time focusing on Pocket Rocket, without deluding myself about what we can achieve. I'd like to record another EP, and add members to the band, while continuing to gig more regularly. I won't be putting on as many RTYD gigs in 2011, but I hope to be booking Pocket Rocket with other RTYD-associated bands at London venues.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

This afternoon (Sun) from 1pm: RTYD Acoustic Afternoon @ The Libertine, 125 Great Suffolk St. London, SE1 (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Guildford 12 Oxford 1. Not a good result.
Tomorrow night!! (Fri 12) MULESKINNER at The King's Head, Riverside, Upton-Upon-Severn, WR8 (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-CALENDAR)

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Tonight!! See the Zone and guests at NATIVE TONGUE, EPSOM, 93 High Street (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-CALENDAR)

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

If you could turn back time and go to any gig, which one would it be?
Tomorrow night!! ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-SOCIAL OXFORD: Folly Bridge Inn, Abingdon Rd, Oxford OX1 4PD. Free. 8pm (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)
Tonight! Jamie Rowan̢۪s Boogie Lightnin live at The Fiddlers Elbow,1 Malden Road London NW5 3HS (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)

Monday, 8 November 2010

Sunday, 7 November 2010

The 4th Suit are looking for any bands in the Bath/Corsham/Chippenham area that want a gig on 3rd Dec?

Friday, 5 November 2010

Tomorrow night!! RTYD presents The Galileo Seven & The Moths at the Alley Cat, 4, Denmark St. WC2H. 7:45pm.
Tonight!! Andy Golding of Trad Arr. plays with his 80s band The Wolfhounds (in support of the Membranes) @ The Lexington, Pentonville Rd, N1

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Guildford, this is Guildford: full of lovely mature musicians.

I like going to Guildford. I have loads of good memories of Guildford, notwithstanding the 2009 Boileroom Disaster. Almost every part of the place sparks at least one.

Last night's ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-SOCIAL was held there. The hosts were enthusiastic RTYD members Paul Santilli and Kirsty Pollock of Surrey band, The Greedies. I'd met Paul before, but not Kirsty who is also lovely. Did I just call a bloke lovely?

Charles Ranson of Said & Done (also lovely, too) came out with his bassman Howard (lovely), and both were soon followed into The Keystone pub (not exactly lovely, though it did have some nice beers) by bandmates Trevor and Colin (very nice). Finally, we were joined by RTYD stalwart Trisha McNair (it goes without saying...) and members of her band Riff Raff (riff-raff....just kidding....nice guys)

It was a modest turnout, but enough to constitute a social event. Said & Done had not met the Greedies, and both promised to support each other at their upcoming gigs. We talked a lot about the ins and outs of choosing and playing cover versions. Apparently, it is quite common to create spreadsheets to establish the popularity of song choices amongst the band members. I have even been promised a glimpse of one of these. We'll see.

Almost all of those present had been Weekend Warriors or through the Get Rocking programme for mature musicians who want to get on stage again, or indeed, for the first time. This is how and where they had all initially joined bands, though their bands, it seems, have been through some personnel changed since completing the course.

I had to leave at 10:20 to get my train, which was a shame, but hey! there's always next time.
It's not just musicians, vocalists have toys, too, apparently: a discussion on ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP
Thanks to all those that turned out to the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-SOCIAL last night in Guildford!!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A ramble on the storm before the calm

November is a busy month for RTYD. We have the RTYD-SOCIALs in Surrey, Oxford and London: the first, kindly organised by Paul Santilli of the Greedies, the second by Guy Pearce, and the latter by Mark Thirkell, my London apprentice. We also have the voting for the 2010 RTYD Awards, and four gigs, including one with my band Pocket Rocket on the bill.

In December there's another couple of events, but come 2011, I'm cutting back to just the one a month at 4 Denmark St, recently renamed The Alley Cat.

The last year and a half that I have been promoting gigs has been really interesting, but I'm not sure a promoter's life is for me. Not at this level. There have however been highs, such as the PUNK-ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP night when TV Smith and Gaye Advert came out to see Punks Not Dad, and I got to meet them both and have my photo taken with them. And there have been lows like The Boileroom Disaster, Guildford, 2008.

The problem, and one of the reasons I'm knocking most of the gigs on the head, is that I never got past the point that I didn't have to rely on the bands to bring a good crowd.  I refused to hassle bands about bringing people, which of course you have to do to make any money at this level. I am just not interested in becoming an absent promoter who doesn't give a damn about which bands he puts on as long as they bring people through the door. There are enough of these. And my mission has always been to primarily help bands that struggle to develop a following, that are hobbyists and who play original material, by helping to provide them with an audience to bolster the half-a-dozen friends they do manage to get out.

I have to confess, too, that more recently, I have started to feel some complacency creeping in. I've found myself promoting bands I don't even like. I've found myself having to fill bills with bands I don't really like. Promoting more events than I can find bands I like, to play. A lot of the bands brings a handful of people, expecting a RTYD audience, and one doesn't exist. The audience is largely the other bands. Truth is, this is the only time you are going to get old gits out to watch old gits playing: when they're sharing a bill with another band.

My band has just finished getting a new drummer up to speed on eight songs, and is making its debut with its new 3-piece lineup on 20th November in support of Spirit of Play at The Alley Cat. In 2011 I need to focus on my band for a while. I need to get it some gigs, for a start.

I try to make an effort to get to as many gigs as I can, but with my band rehearsing once a week, having three gigs a month, and needing the occasional night out with friends, I'm pushing it 'indoors'.

I'd like to go to all the Outbursts gigs, they're fun, I love watching them, but it's just not possible.

In some respects I dread going out and playing live again; without a real shtick, with just a bunch of original alternative-rock songs, and no real following. It's no secret that I set RTYD up to create a scene for bands like mine. I know that there's a lot of very good bands out there, in the same boat, and in a way seeing them struggle to develop a following hasn't helped.

I don't know? Is RTYD making enough of a difference? I'm not sure. When the Outbursts play in East London, when any band that has posted there gig on the RTYD calendar, plays, I will Twitter/Facebook,etc. it. Does it make a difference. I doubt it. I need to concentrate on making it make a difference. Me putting on gigs does not make a difference. So, I have to find something that will.

I hope the RTYD-SOCIAL events are a success. But I'm sure these too will suffer from lack of interest. From members who don't see the benefit of socialising in the real world with a bunch of other musicians.

I was in two minds about going to the first of the November Socials in Guildford, but my presence has been requested, so I will go. It is my first return to Guildford since the disappointing gig there last year. I suppose if it's going to be a poor show, I should at least be there to share any disappointment.

Looking on the bright side, RTYD has a healthy following around Guildford and in Surrey now, healthier than two summers ago. So, I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the turn out.
Tonight!! fr. 6:30pm: There is a ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-SOCIAL event in Guildford @ The Keystone, 3 Portsmouth Rd, GU2 4BL

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Tomorrow night!! Mature musicians of Surrey unite and take over: ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP SOCIAL @ The Keystone, 3 Portsmouth Rd, Guildford, 6:30pm
Read the review of the new Poundshop Life (Bristol) CD All Expenses Spared:
Matt Russell of The Outbursts is forming a new covers band. Anyone interested?
Well done to the 4th Suit, who are now no. 3 in the Top 40!:

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


I had big plans for the ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS this year. I remember planning to get sponsorship, and have more awards. Well, it didn't happen. I sent some emails, got one back from Hiwatt, who seemed a bit interested; Marshall sent me a nice email back, saying thanks but no thanks; and the rest ignored me.

Still, I'm not one to be put off by such things; if I was, I'd have given up making music around 1987 when the demo cassettes started coming back in the post along with xeroxed record company letters 'passing' on them. The show will go on, and the awards will be lovingly handcrafted and the engraved brass plaques will be funded by the 'firm', just as they were last year. The ERNIE BALL-ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS sounds shit anyway. (The ROTOSOUND-ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS sounds okay, though -Ed). (Fuck off - Author).

Last year's deserving winners of a 'Coffin' (so-called because that is indeed the shape of the award) were Creak for Best Band, 14 Carat Grapefruit for Best CD (Long Time Coming), Punks Not Dad for Best Song (In Me Shed), The Joint, Kings Cross, for Best Rehearsal Studio and the Dublin Castle, Camden, for the Best Venue.


I haven't decided how and when to present the Coffins this year, but I'm a few weeks ahead of where I was last year, so I'm not panicking. Quite yet. Gotta source some wood first, preferably, floorboards, like last year. No, they looked good, ask any of the winners, who incidentally are currently residing in the where are they now? file, where all award winners end their careers.

Of course that's not true. I know, cos they're all playing in December. See the RTYD Calendar for more details.

Voting link:
Voting for the 2010 ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-AWARDS is under way!! Place your votes 'ere:
Two acts needed for RTYD's Acoustic Afternoon Sunday 14th November. Anyone want to play? TB

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Pedal Power: a discussion for guitarists and bass players on the RTYD Musicians Network:
RTYD welcomes new members from Lancashire, Surrey & London to its Musicians' Network:

Friday, 22 October 2010

Last night's RTYD gig at the Fiddler's, Chalk Farm

Thanks to all those that piled into The Fiddlers Elbow last night to see HM Band, Blues Trinity and the Mighty Care Takers.

Finally I had the pleasure of seeing Steve Denholm fronting his Mighty Care Takers (albeit from my post at the venue door), and mighty they are.

Blues Trinity, who followed TMCT on stage, were as professional as bands at this level can get, while still being really nice people. It's a fine line, in my experience, especially with the blues lot; but they are definitely on the right side of the line. And they bought a film crew, so I look forward to seeing the results on YouTube soon.

The HM Band, too, were a pleasure to meet and have on, tonight playing a set of original works mostly about fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe Hugh's McManners has been listening to a lot of the Angelic Upstarts lately? Seriously though, these songs have all been written for a good cause. Watch this (my)space to find out more.

Incidentally, whatever happened to the Angelic Upstarts? They must still be going, like all the rest of 'em. I was talking to someone about Mensi the other day, someone who knew him. I forget who, now. I hate that.
Ari Up (Slits) obituary in the Guardian:

Thursday, 21 October 2010

THE OUTBURSTS are 50!! (gigs old) tomorrow night, after they play THE GEORGE TAVERN, 373 COMMERCIAL RD, E1 (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-CALENDAR)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

THE LONE GROOVER + The Dash + Bobby Petrov + Philadelphia...Thurs 21 Oct at The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebury Ave (Opp. Exmouth Market)
Tomorrow night (Thurs), RTYD presents: HM Band, Blues Trinity and The Mighty Care Takers at the Fiddler's Elbow, Chalk Farm, NW5. 7:45pm.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Tonight!! Tres Retros @ The Water Rats, Grays Inn Road Kings Cross (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-GIG-CALENDAR)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Big John Carter & Henri Herbert, Tomorrow night (Tues) at The Fiddler's Elbow, 1 Malden Road, London NW5 3HS (ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP-CALENDAR)
BLUES-ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP presents: HM Band, Blues Trinity & The Mighty Care Takers, this Thursday (21), The Fiddler's Elbow, Chalk Farm, NW5

Acoustic gun for hire

Hi guys, I am looking for gigs, solo acoustic. My influences are eclectic and include: Lou Reed, Serge Gainsbourg, Bowie, Iggy Pop & James Williamson, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin 3, Rolling Stones late 60's/early 70's, Edith Piaf, Otis Redding, Dion, Johnny Thunders, all the arty pretenscious stuff which I love. It is very different to my electric stuff, very quiet, controlled, sparse and personal, quite romantic if truth be told. People seem to like it. So any gigs would be welcome. Thank you. Michael Fleck

The Lone Groover rides again

THE LONE GROOVER continues his one man folk ‘n’ bop assault on the capital this Thursday 21st at The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebury Avenue EC1 (Opp Exmouth Market – Farringdon or Angel tube). Where he'll be supporting three of the most happening bands on the circuit (The Dash + Bobby Petrov + Philadelphia Mainline + Recharged Radio DJ’s) as a guest of the mighty Death and Glory crew. Thursday’s almost the weekend so don’t be shy - DO NOT MISS!

Doors 7.30 – On stage 8.15

Peace 'n' Luv 'n' Haight,


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