Author Archives: Brian Heywood

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."

Back in Australia – the first four days…

After about 24 hours in the air on QF030 I touched down at Tullamarine just before 8am on Thursday morning. It was quite a comfortable flight with an aisle seat on the first leg to Hong Kong where they turfed … Continue reading

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Sessions, a Royal encounter and a lot of horses running around…

The run up to my Antipodean expedition… On the last day of February I went down to the Blues session at the Goat in St Albans. This jam is run by Doctor Ika, an eastern European blues guitarist of some … Continue reading

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Free Range Musician…

A the end of January I decided to do something about my ‘free range musician’ idea so I started a page on Facebook and nabbed the top level domain. The idea is that musicians who are making a living out … Continue reading

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Burns’ Night Shenanigans – January 2012

My oh My, doesn’t the time fly…. Gigwise, January is usually a bit like the Parson’s Egg, starting out quite dead with a burst of activity near the end as people put on Burns’ Night events to celebrate the Scottish … Continue reading

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Summer, Autumn, Winter – via Spain and Tetbury…

Another biggish gap in publication means that I’m going to try and wrap up the rest of 2011 in this blog in one rush. Please try and keep up… August turned out to be quite a busy month for me. … Continue reading

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More Summer Shenanigan’s….

In July the sun is hot… (is shining? No it’s not! – Flanders and Swan) July kicked off with an appearance by the Chiltern Ceilidhs band at the Leagrave Youth Work Action Group Youth Festival to try and drum up … Continue reading

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Summer comes, summer goes…

Wow! Turn your back for a minute and it’s already November. No doubt I’ll be taken to to task by my friends in the Blogoshere for dropping the ball. Oh well on with the motley… End of May The MoonLighting … Continue reading

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May 15 to 21 – Hoedown Band at Salisbury Live…

I don’t usually rehearse on weekend’s but as neither of my regular bass players were available for next week’s gig at the Salisbury International Arts Festival (Salisbury Live 2011). I’ve asked an old friend and former regular enQ / MoonDance bass player … Continue reading

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May 8th to 14th – From Gigspanner to MoonDance

On Sunday we go over to the Stables in Wavendon on the southern edge of Milton Keynes to see Peter Knight’s new band Gigspanner. As I want to feature the band in my weekly Luton News/Dunstable Gazette live music column … Continue reading

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May 1st to 7th – Harvey to Hoedown

On Sunday we head across to Hitchin in the evening to have a meal at the Café Rouge and then see Harvey Andrews at the folk club at the Sun Hotel. The food at the the cafe is as good … Continue reading

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