Home of the Hanuman

pull up a comfy chair.

Archive for the ‘Birmingham’ Category

Moselele – Eight Days A Week

with 6 comments

I had a great time last night at the first session of the Moselele Ukulele Group – known as Moselele.  No previous experience necessary, and I think that attitude was pretty much embraced.  Top marks to @dazwright for organising us and to my fellow ukenauts for a fun time.

We worked our way through the songbook and I think most of us were starting to get the hang of it.  Anyhoo, here’s our triumphant finale to the practice, Eight Days A Week.

Keep an eye on the website or follow the #moselele hashtag on Twitter to keep up with developments.

Advertisements

Written by ukenaut

April 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

More Bluegrass from the Old Mo’

leave a comment »

Thought I’d post a few more tracks from the Old Moseley Arms Bluegrass Jam.  I didn’t go last week so these are from the 26 January.

Firstly, a standard, Sally Goodin, which I’m trying to learn so that’s the reason for posting this.  As with all the tracks in this post I’m only playing backing on it.  Maybe I’ll take a lead break next week.

Next up, a great  song that regular, Peter, has been teaching us, Cold Sheets of Rain.  No idea who wrote it but there’s a good version by the Hagars Mountain Boys on Spotify

Our version is better though.

And finally Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown.  

Some of you might recognise this from the movie Bonnie and Clyde where it was used for the car chase.  I think this is why a friend of mine calls banjo heavy bluegrass chase music.

Written by ukenaut

February 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Cripple Creek – Bluegrass in Balsall Heath

with one comment

Been a year since I posted anything.  Oh well.

My favourite thing to do on a Tuesday evening is to go join in the Bluegrass Jam down at the Old Moseley Arms in Balsall Heath.  It’s a friendly and relaxed scene in the upstairs room where a bunch of musicians sit around in a circle playing bluegrass tunes.  I’ve been going along for a few weeks now, just chunking out chord on the mandolin.  When I went a fortnight ago I plucked up the courage to take a short solo – known as taking a break on a tune I had learned, Cripple Creek.

You can hear my mandolin come in at around 38 seconds in for my break.  I’m quite pleased with it.  I got quite a buzz out of playing it and got some encouraging nods and positive comments from a few of the regulars which made me feel real good.

Now I need to get a few more tunes under my belt so I can do it again.

Written by ukenaut

February 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Vote for Created In Birmingham in the 2008 Weblog Awards

with one comment

Created in Birmingham has been nominated for Best UK Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards.  Please go vote for it.

What are you doing still reading this?  Go vote.  Do it now and do it once every 24 hours between now and 17:00 on 13th Jan.

There’s several reasons you should do this.   CiB is a great resource for keeping track of creative endeavours in Birmingham.  It’s not run by the council or some company.  It’s run by ordinary people who are doing it in their spare time.  It supports artists and other creative types.  In return the Birmingham online community which is strong, is getting behind CiB to support and canvas for it in these awards.

CiB has featured some of my photos in the past so this is my way of repaying that acknowledgement and support.  It was a big boost to my confidence in photography to see one of my pictures up there.

Evening Commute by Ian T Edwards

Evening Commute by Ian T Edwards

As I write it is in the lead but that lead is constantly under threat from the other main runner, the blog of a Daily Mail journalist with dubious views on a variety of topics.  So vote as often as you can please!!.

Written by ukenaut

January 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Posted in Art and culture, Birmingham, blogging

Tagged with

Caught in My Shadow

with one comment

“These streets used to look big,
this town used to look like a city,
these people used to talk to me.”


The best day out I ever had in Birmingham city centre.  Filmed in Pigeon Park (St Philips) in May 1991.

I’m in this 3 or 4 times.

Written by ukenaut

July 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Posted in Birmingham, Music, Video

Flux Feast

leave a comment »

Followers of the Birmingham Creative Scene will probably be aware of the Flux Festival that’s being run by Vivid at the moment showcasing various works from artists from the Fluxus movement.

I’m looking forward to the synaesthetic FluxFeast seven course(act) event taking place this week, on Wednesday 9 July involving SharedTable and the Maison Mayci cafe in Kings Heath.  A friend of mine is involved, hence the plug and it promises to be an interesting evening.

Always wondered what blue tastes off and what cheese sounds like.

Places still available but you need to book.  0121 766 7876 or email info@vivid.org.uk for tickets.

More details at the Vivid website.

Written by ukenaut

July 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Get a Whistle

leave a comment »

Any self respecting Brummie should be aware that Brum is the home of the whistle.  Spotted a great article today over at the Music Thing blog about Acme whistles including the legendary Thunderer, the standard FIFA ref’s whistle.

J Hudson are still making Acme Whistles, are still based in Birmingham and have quite a nice website.

Written by ukenaut

April 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Posted in Birmingham, Music

Tagged with