April 1st – Micro Blog

I thought my last major blog was so important that it was a hard act to follow. So this month I’m going to try something different, a daily micro blog…

I’m currently in the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden after playing probably my last gig as bass player for The Quirky. The band is great, the music is interesting, I get on well with the other players and I really enjoy playing bass.

Live at the Fiddlers (Camden)So why am I chucking it in?

Well basically I can’t afford it anymore.

You see The Quirky play original music. And like tonight mainly to half empty venues, and mainly to F&Rs (friends & relations).

Sometimes, again like tonight, we huddle together with other original bands, sharing F&Rs. Tonight it was with Rude Mechanicals, The Antipoet & Anarchistwood. All good ‘words and music’ with some excellent playing.

But the important bit is that we play for free. If we were making shoes we’d be exploited and there would some campaign to give us a fair go.

However we sell beer, so we have no such luck.

However Simon Cowel gets paid quite a bit, so I guess that in makes all OK.


About Brian Heywood

Brian Heywood is a free range musician who specialises in edgy roots / country / celtic fusion music. Previous work has received comments such as "... aggressive, top notch fiddling set off by periodic guitar explosions." - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen Magazine (USA), "Just when it seemed as if newer electric British roots bands were getting thinner on the ground - Very welcome and very good." - fROOTS Magazine (UK) and Steve Barnes Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director (Australia) - "... a rocking band - I was delighted with the audience response."
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2 Responses to April 1st – Micro Blog

  1. funkcutter says:

    shame to see you are giving up…after the first time we saw you!

    i saw this blog after a regular narcissistic search for anarchistwood and read your news.
    paul and i both commented at the time what an excellent bass player you were and we see a lot of acts in varying degrees of behaviour, style, attitude, dress etc… and you’re great.

    however, i completely see your point about jacking it in – it’s not a ‘hobby’ but a way of life … but then again is it a habit that one cannot afford to pay for anymore? we ask ourselves this often, as we are completely in debt after setting our record label – Ex Gratia Recordings in 2008. we have released 3 vinyl albums and 2 singles. some of this is available as downloads and we are about to release the second anarchistwood album.
    we have 9 kids between us, 6 part time jobs and our music and visuals to keep us out of trouble and implore you to keep going!!!

    in any case it was great to see you do your stuff – stay in touch

    Emma + Paul Blackwood

    • Thanks for the kind words, i really enjoyed your set.

      I’m not giving up playing music, just playing music for free – especially where someone else makes a profit out of it. Last night it was the venue with beer sales. I’ll still be making a living out of playing (or at least trying to). The music will even include some original stuff, mainly written by me.

      I know what you mean about trying to make a profit out of recordings. The consensus is that recordings (either physical or downloads) are just another tool in the armoury of a working musician. As Tom Jackson points out (http://tomjacksonproductions.com) – most successful players make over 90% of their income from gigging.

      Best of luck with the band.

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