Upcoming Gigs in October

September 27, 2007

Hello,

while i wait for my risotto to cook here are three upcoming gigs:

21st October: Al K. and Al C @ The Ark. This will be my first proper gig (ie, with a proper sound system, being able to hear each other, not in the Forest Cafe!) with Al since last December. How time flies! Our warm up gig at the Forest last month went pretty well so we’re really looking forward to playing this gig. What’s more, I’ve just arranged for Matt James to play a set on the same night (I won’t call it a support slot as he’s more talented than us!). If you don’t know Matt, check out his myspace. He’s an acoustic guitar tapper. I should really get some lessons off him some day, see if he can help me with my warr guitar playing! There will be another act on the night, still to be arranged. It should be a pretty good gig. Not sure what time the evening starts at though.

25th October: Benny Tetteh Lartey and the Afro-Scot Beat @ The Lava Club. I think I’m playing this gig. :p Sometimes hard to tell with Benny though, he can keep his cards close to his chest and he’s auditioning an acoustic bass player this weekend. So I’m not sure exactly what he’s planning. But it’ll be a good night either way whether i’m playing or not: it’s the opening night for the Edinburgh African Film Festival. Click the link for ticket info if you’re interested.

28th October: Al K. and Al C. (and lots and lots of other,) @ Henry’s Cellar Bar. Roger’s organising an big night of live music at Henry’s on the 28thto raise money for Oxfam. See Roger’s website for details of who’s playing.

31st October: Blue Wednesday @ The Forest Cafe. I’m not sure if we’re playing or not! Some event listings have Al and I down to play, but Roger’s site doesn’t. I’ll have to email about it! Either way, it’s usually a good night so head down and show your support for free live music in Edinburgh.

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A collaberation with Bard Edlundart. I’m resposible for the warr guitar (playing rhythm guitar and bass), drums, synth and generealy production. Bard did the vocals, lyrics and lead guitar.

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Warr Guitar/Chapman Stick: Exercise One

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I’ve recently realised that very little of my music is online anymore. A few tracks on myspace and that’s about it. I used to have a few on an old website, but that went belly up a last year. So i thought I should re-upload some tunes. Mainly as it seems a shame to have a load of tunes that just sit on my hard disk. Sure, 90% of the satisfaction comes from the process, but it’s always nice to have somebody listen to a tune now and then.

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There’s a lot of hate about BT’s Customer Service on the Internet

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So, a couple of months ago I moved to a new flat. As part of that I had to sort out a BT line. Having dealt with BT before I knew that I wanted as little as possible from them – just the line rental. I’ve already been screwed over by them when I had to move flat last year, half way through my broadband contract. They insisted they had to keep on billing me, even though I had been kicked out the flat where the service was. As I my new flat already had a broadband connection, I wasn’t able to take my contract with me, so I had to pay BT for nothing for six months…. how to lose a customer!

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Joe Zawinul

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The Return of Al K and Al C draws ever closer

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Well, spent this afternoon playing through what we can remember of our old set with Al, and I reckon we’re more or less ready for our little gig (back at the Forest, where we had our very first ever gig). Amy, Emily, a new version of Time I Learned To Sail, and a few others…

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