It’s Here

The all new Pierless Music Gig Guide has arrived and can be found here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

Thanks to all of those who have already sent in their gig details. But, as you can see, we are still missing many more.

If we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it in our Gig Guide. So please help us by telling your friends, band members and local venues about us, thanks.

To submit your gig, whether you are a band, venue or promoter, send the gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We have been having a few issues with how the Gig Guide displays, so please bear with us if things don’t look quite as they should.

Happy New Year and here’s to an exciting 2014.

Photo courtesy of Nastassja Kaschevsky – Movietex.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Pierless Music would like to wish you all a peaceful and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement throughout the year. It is much appreciated.

It’s been such an eventful year for us that we totally forgot to celebrate the first anniversary, in October, of the start of this Pierless Music website. I like to think that we’ve already come a long way within that time, with the promise of much more to come.

When myself and Richard started Pierless Music we had many ideas as to where to try and take this project. Some of them have worked, some haven’t quite come to fruition and some are still waiting in the wings itching to be launched.

As you may already know, we are launching a new online Gig Guide from 1st January 2014. But for that we still need your help. If we don’t know about your upcoming gig, we can’t include it in the Gig Guide.

Send your gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk and tell your friends to do the same please.

2014 promises to be an exciting year for both myself and for Pierless Music.

We are still working with Adam Daly and Bob Tipler, from Hastings Fat Tuesday, on the local music charity idea you may have read about recently and we hope to have that up and running early in 2014.

We have many ideas and plans for the charity already, which we are all very excited about. The first of which should be coming your way in February. So stay tuned for further details and updates.

In the meantime, enjoy the festive season and why not try and make local music a part of those celebrations. Whether by going to see your favourite local act, or by frequenting one of those local music venues that supports original talent.

See you on the other side.

Cheers :)

Voodoo Fest Video

As you may well know, Pierless Music are currently working on setting up a local music based project with Adam and Bob, the guys behind both Fat Tuesday and Voodoo Fest.

So, we thought we’d share this video of the recent Voodoo Fest event with you.

We think it gives a real flavour of the event and showcases how well Hastings does this kind of thing.

The video was filmed and produced by Sam Dobson and the main soundtrack is provided by The Kid Kapichi.

Enjoy.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

We’re coming back in 2014!

As some of you may already know, the online UA Gig Guide is shutting down on 31st December 2013. This will, once again, create a big hole for the many local gig goers that rely on a decent Gig Guide to help them choose their evenings entertainment.

So, we’ve decided to try and fill that hole. But we need your help.

If you are a venue, a band/artist, or a promoter, we need you to tell us about your gig/event. After all if we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it.

Please email your gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We will be listing gigs from 1st January 2014 and going live later this month. So, the sooner we have your info, the sooner we can include it ready for the launch.

The new Pierless Music Gig Guide is part of a wider project that we’ll be helping to launch in 2014. Details of which we’ll be telling you about in due course.

In the meantime, for more info on what we need from you and what we intend to include, please see:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/about-the-pierless-music-gig-guide/

Please help spread the word about the upcoming Pierless Music Gig Guide. Together we can make it a success.

Thanks.

Promoters and Venues

Here at Pierless Music we often get emails from original bands and artists wanting us to help them get gigs in the Hastings area. I get many personal requests as well.

Although a lot of these musicians are from outside of our Pierless Music catchment area, we’d like to be able to help them if we can. After all, they do want to play in Hastings.

The styles of music played by these artists ranges from Heavy Rock, via Indie to solo Folk singers and much inbetween.

So, we’d like to hear from any local gig promoters and venues that would be happy to receive forwarded emails from the bands and musicians that contact us.

If you’re interested, please contact us via andy@pierlessmusic.co.uk and we’ll put you on our list.

If you wish to tell us which types of music you’re looking for, that’s fine by us. That way we’ll try and make sure you only get emails for those artists that may interest you.

Here’s a video from one such singer/songwriter, from Eastbourne, who contacted us today. Well worth watching I think.

From the World to Hastings

The more observant amongst you may well have noticed that the slogan for Pierless Music is ‘”From Hastings to the World”. This is meant to highlight our intention to help spread the good word about the amazing original music that comes from the Hastings area.

But sometimes that original local music is influenced and flavoured by the rhythms and sounds from across the world, hence the title of this post.

Two Hastings based bands whose music certainly echoes with the sounds of other continents are The Cajun Dawgs and The Moors.

Formed in 2007, The Cajun Dawgs may well come from the deep south of the UK but, as their name suggests, they play “a mix of Louisiana sounds from hard rocking swamp pop, Zydeco and traditional Cajun Music.”

It’s real authentic stuff too, as you can see from this video:

If you liked that, you can find out more about The Cajun Dawgs and even buy their album “New Dogs, Old Tricks” via their website at: http://www.cajunrockers.com
And if you fancy catching the band live, you’re in luck, as they play the Royal Standard in Hastings Old Town on Friday, 8th November.

Another Old Town band and one this time whose music comes from a different continent, or continents, are The Moors, who formed in 2008.

They describe their music as a “brew (that) includes Balkan music, klezmer, mediaeval Sephardic melodies, Cuban rhythms, jazz, blues, folk and rock music” That’s quite a combination isn’t it? But it all goes together nicely to make for a toe tapping experience.

To listen to the music of The Moors, to buy their self titled album and to find out more info about the band, go to their website: http://www.the-moors.com/

Here’s a taste of their music, along with some photo’s of the band:

I’ve had the pleasure of playing music by both The Cajun Dawgs and The Moors on local radio stations and I think it’s good to see local bands taking music from around the world and giving it a unique Hastings flavour.

Here’s hoping that other acts follow in their musical footsteps, or are already doing so.

Peter Bruntnell at Flairz

While Pierless Music is here primarily to support music that originates from the Hastings area. We also want to help publicise gigs and events by musicians that choose to play in the local area.

One such is Peter Bruntnell, who is playing at Flairz, in Havelock Road, Hastings this Thursday, 31st October.

Mojo magazine said of him, ”Since 1995 Bruntnell has been making country rock-flavoured music to rival Wilco.” And http://thelineofbestfit.com/ said, “Showcasing why – even after twenty years – Peter Bruntnell remains as one of Britain’s finest (and most overlooked) songwriters.” Sounds good doesn’t he?

For more info about the gig and to buy tickets go here:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/236704

On the night Peter will be supported by Small Town Jones. Doors open at 8pm and admission is £8.

One of the things that Pierless Music want to do, in our collaboration with the Fat Tuesday team, is to help promote Hastings as a place of musical tourism. So, the more great musicians like Peter Bruntnell that come to play in Hastings the better.

Why not go along and give him a warm welcome.

http://loosemusic.com/peterbruntnell/

Blog Post – Why Only Original Music?

It’s one of those questions that I’ve been asked many times, “Why is Pierless Music only interested in original local music?”.

It’s a very valid question, as the local music scene is certainly a mixture of both original and non original music. So, I decided to write a blog post to try and explain our reasoning. You can find that post here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/why-only-original-music/

This post was actually written nearly a year ago, but wasn’t posted for some reason. I’ve now updated it slightly.

While you may not agree with our reasoning, hopefully it does help to explain why we think the way that we do here at Pierless Music?

Pierless Music and Fat Tuesday

You may have seen the news in todays edition of the Hastings Observer concerning Pierless Music teaming up with the Hastings Fat Tuesday duo of Adam Daly and Bob Tipler. If not here’s what you missed:

Obviously this is exciting news and something we’ll be talking about here in the days and months to come.

We have many great ideas and plans for the future and we’ll let you know all about them in due course. But, as you can imagine, there is plenty of hard work to come now to get this charity off of the ground.

But, we thought we’d just share this good news with you in the meantime.

The Pierless Music Sampler – Updated

It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got around to updating The Pierless Music Sampler playlist on Soundcloud.

The Sampler now has nearly two hours of original local music on it, across several musical genres.

Some artists on the original Sampler have had tracks changed around, such as The Kid Kapichi, Hornet, Harvey Summers and Arivmia. But there are also several new artists on it as well which is good to see.

Those new artists include: King Size Slim, One Thousand Tons, Vile Electrodes, Dollboy, Pantaleimon, Stallion, Dorey The Wise and Otti Albietz. Not a bad line up I’m sure you’d agree.

You can find The Pierless Music Sampler here:

https://soundcloud.com/pierlessmusic/sets/the-pierless-music-playlist

Or, you can just click on the Soundcloud tab at the top of any page of this website, where there is a permanent link to the web page and also an embedded music player.

We intend to continue adding and swapping tracks around as we get them, so keep checking back. Incidentally, music can only be listened to and cannot be downloaded.

Unfortunately, if your music is Copyrighted we may not be able to upload and use it, even if we have your personal permission (don’t worry, we understand why this is). This has already prevented us from using tracks by a few local artists. That could be why your own favourite artist is not included in the Sampler.

Happy listening.