The Idle Hands

While I was making myself a bit sozzled in Bolsover this weekend with my mate Rog, I got to listen to The Idle Hands in the Black Bull. They’re a classic British blues/rock band and they were kicking up a storm in there. Excellent stuff. I really should listen to more blues. We had a […]

…And the trumpet sounded

I so love going to Birmingham Symphony Hall. It’s such a magnificant auditorium. The accoustics in there have to be heard to be believed. It’s a shame, then, that so few people turned up to listen to Håkan Hardenberger and Simon Preston perform in The Trumpet Shall Sound. Actually, there were probably a good few […]

Ogg Vorbis on iTunes

I rip all of my music into Ogg format. I do this because I like to support the Open Source community and I also like to be different. The MP3 format is old hat these days and some of the newer file formats are proprietary. I prefer to use applications, and even operating systems, that […]

I’ve signed up for an excellent service at, an on-line music-based community and somewhere to find, and stream, new and old music. You can add plugins to your media player (like iTunes for instance) that allow you to display which tracks you’ve recently listened to. I’m still fiddling around with these tools, but in […]

Vote for me!

This site has been nominated for the April website of the month of at This is an excellent Brass Band website with a thriving community of banders and it’s very flattering to be nominated. I do feel like a bit of an interloper to be honest. I do blog about Brass Bands a bit, […]

More Media Monkey

I’ve loaded all the artists in my Rock folder into Media Monkey this time, and here’s a snapshot of the first few tracks to be played on shuffle mode: Slipknot – 742617000027 Black Sabbath – Anno Mundi Dread Zeppelin – Black Dog Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath System of a Down – Chic ‘n’ Stu […]

Media Monkey

I’ve currently got Media Monkey running on my work laptop and I’m using it to play (in “auto-DJ mode) music from the Indie directory of my iriver H340. So far Mr Auto-DJ has chosen some pretty good stuff to play, as follows: Embrace – Ashes Blur – Beetlebum The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony Hard-Fi – […]

The trumpet shall sound

I’ve developed a taste for classical music since last week’s trip to Birmingham Symphony Hall. While we were there I noticed a poster for an organ/trumpet duo concert on the 6th of April involving an utter genius of a trumpeter, one Håkan Hardenberger. He’s playing a collection of music with organist Simon Preston in Symphony […]

Oh, the beauty of it all.

Mahler’s Symphony Number 2 was utterly wonderful. There just aren’t enough superlatives to describe how wonderful the whole things was. Birmingham Symphony Hall is acoustically perfect. You can hear a pin drop on stage from any seat in the theatre and the CBSO sounded magnificent. The person dropping their keys on the floor from across […]

Wouldn’t you just DIE without Mahler?

This evening will see me heading to the Birmingham Symphony Hall to witness the most incredible musical event of my lifetime – Mahler’s Symphony Number 2, Resurrection. This is my all-time favourite piece of music, all hour and a half of it, and I’m majorly excited about it. My tickets for this were the best […]

The buggers listened

We came an excellent third today, and for the second year in a row too. That’s twice in two years that we’ve missed out on a trip to the finals by one place! I thought that we played pretty well on the whole but the opening of the piece really let us down. I think […]

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