The Joseph Bramah to host unique world premiere – 9 days to go

A Wetherspoon pub is not the usual venue for a first performance of approximately one hour of percussion music – Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas but the music is not typical and why not take the music to the audience rather than expect them to come and be seated in a concert hall?  Jazz and folk musicians have been organising regular gigs and/or sessions for years in pubs, you never know, this may end up as a residency.


The first few bands I managed in Leeds had regular gigs in pubs; the jazz orchestra at the Dock Green Inn near St. James hospital and Legends at Stoggys on Burley Road (now under a housing development – planning permission can be viewed at  This was learning on the job; trying to get the right number of musicians to the Dock Green on a Monday evening in December was difficult as it was a 20 piece band.  Even getting nine players to Stoggys was sometimes last minute especially as the music was not straightforward but Leeds in the early 1980s had many musicians to call on.  Organising the events was network building and time consuming especially as mobile phone networks were not launched in the UK until the mid to late 1980s.

The gig (or world premiere) is on 26th June 2014, 7 to 8pm at the Joseph Bramah, 15 Market Hill, Barnsley, S70 2PX .  This is completely funded by your contributions and please support by donating at the Indiegogo crowd funding site – 

To watch one of the 37 sections of music being performed by the composer

Hope you can support by contributing on Indiegogo and see you on the evening at this unique event.  You can by a VIP ticket on the site but otherwise the flexibility of the space means that turning up on the evening is perfectly fine.

© P.R.Birkby 2014


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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