Birmingham Jazz Youth

This pic is made of pasting two together. This explains the colour difference in the middle and odd liking of balcony above. Last Saturday 15th saw the culmination of three Birmingham Jazz Youth sessions at the CBSO centre. We did an informal concert of small band pieces and finished it off with a creative big […]

Hybrid Commission

Last Monday at Hotel du Vin in Birmingham I presented a commissioned piece for Birmingham arts group Hybrid. It was a musical piece developed conceptually on the them of “them and us”. The process led me to develop a piece somewhat differently than I would normally do so it was an interesting composition process. What […]

On The Road

My first artistic activity of 2008 was working with Steve Tromans on a musical setting of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel “On The Road”. This is part of Steve’s “Beat Series” project which you can learn a bit more about here. I was fortunate to narrate Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” for Steve and we had many memorable […]


I am typing this blog in England now and will be getting up tomorrow to go to Belfast to perform Steve Tromans setting to music of Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl. This event is being presented as part of the Between The Lines Literary Festival at Crescent Arts Centre. For me this is a sort […]

If Festival

Surge recently had a gig as part of the If festival in The Spitz in London. We were invited down by Peter Weigold and Colin Riley of Brunel University. It was a double bill with folk inspired trio Horse’s Brawl and we were very pleased to get the opportunity to play in London again. Given […]

Castle Vale Gig

Since I last posted Surge has had a bit of activity. One of the gigs was at Castle Vale performing arts school in Castle Vale estate. The event was held in what is called an Arts Site. It is pretty much the school hall but with a good stage and seating facilities. The gig was […]