We have been very privileged to work with some exceptional musicians over the years and have presented live music in the shop on occasions. Mainly filmed by Douglas Armour, here are the highlights. Posters/Flyers by Gavin Morrow unless stated otherwise.
This was the first gig that we promoted under the name of Those Old Records. Beau hadn't played in live for a long long time and I was astonished when he agreed to do this gig. With the help of Keith Jones (Fruits De Mer Records) and a few other people we managed to pull this off. Beau, Dec Burke and The Straight Aces. A wonderful night of music and the place was packed.
Poster by Emma Prew
Peter Parker's Rock N Roll Club - Mini Tour
Peter Parker's Rock N Roll Club - September 2012. - Filmed by Steve Yates
This was the first gig that we ever held in the old shop at Brewery Street. Lenny, the bass player was an on line customer and he sent me their first single on Feed That Baby Records. That was one of Justin Barwick's labels coming out of Innsbruck, Austria. They were heading up to play a little festival in Cheshire and Lenny suggested that they play a short gig in the shop. I agreed but was very nervous about the whole thing. They played their set and blew the place apart with people dancing in the aisles. Steve Yates recorded this on my camera (before smart phones) and it still resonates. After the gig I asked Peter what he planned to do with this music and one thing lead to another and TOR Records was formed. I didn't have a clue what I was doing but we eventually released "Straight To Vinyl" which is still the best selling record on the label. The red vinyl first pressing sold out very quickly especially in Germany where it was championed by Wolfgang Doebeling of Rolling Stone magazine and Radioeins, Berlin.
Sarah Gillespie - Album Launch - The Vortex, London
What a night that was. I was aware of Sarah's previous two albums Stalking Juliet and In The Current Climate so when I heard a promo copy of Glory Days I was totally blow away by the craft, the production, the lyrics etc. I contacted Sarah and we struck a deal and released the album on yellow vinyl. The video features Andy "Hankdog" on guitar and vocals.
Sarah Gillespie - Live at The Vortex, Dalston, London 2013
George Broadhurst and Aiden Marsden - Filmed by Douglas Armour. A nice little electric jam from guitarist George and his mate Aiden.
Jazz Goes Mod - The Simon Spillett band and a screening of "A Man In A Hurry" in Lichfield - wonderful evening
Richard Riley - March 2016 - Filmed by Douglas Armour
I have great memories of this gig as we had "Jazz Goes Mod" the previous night in Lichfield and Richard did the sound on that. He manages to cut a finger with a knife the following morning so he was in some considerable pain throughout then gig. A great show to support the relaunch of "Not If But When" which I believe to be a masterpiece.
Richard John Riley - Not a shop gig but a live streamed internet television show on Visual Radio Arts in March 2018. A great live set with dancer. Promotional gig in support of the TOR release "I Can't Tell You"
The Madeline Rust.
One day I was in the shop minding my own business when this couple came in. It was Lucy and Gavin Morrow, they bought a few bits, were thoroughly plesant and then gave me a cd of the first album by the band. I get offered a lot of music, some of it is dire and some isn't. Anyway, I put it in the player and turned up the volume expecting to be dissapointed. I wasn't, far from it, this music was exceptional and vocals outstanding. There was a customer in the shop at the time (Jess) who wandered up to the counter and said he wanted a copy of what was playing. We kept in touch and Lucy sent me some demos of the new album, Truth Or Consequences which I loved especially the use of cello. We eventually released the album on red vinyl and it is still one of the best things that we ever released. Great band.
The Madeline Rust - Headlining gig at Lichfield Guildhall 2014
The Madeline Rust - Live at The Guildhall, Lichfield
The Madeline Rust - Live at Those Old Records. Acoustic set. Exceptional set from The Madeline Rust, there are some lovely surprises in this set, listen
Dread at the Controls - Lichfield gig to celebrate 7 years of the shop opening. Wonderful sound system supplied by Phil English - guest DJ's and more -
Second Beginning - Their first live gig - Filmed by Douglas Armour. Hannah Stephenson, Jamie Prew and .... - their first live gig delivered with confidence and style. I think Hannah is as exceptional singer with huge potential. Hopefully, more on this later this year.
Peter Parker's Rock N Roll Club - Live - Filmed by Douglas Armour
Second Referendum - October 2018 featuring Sienna, Dwane Reads, Richard and Peter Parker (solo)
This was great afternoon and was filmed by Russell Cherrington and his team. Excellent performances all round. The second referendum never got mentioned by the way.
The artists and the host
Those Old Records - A Life In The Day - filmed by Russell Cherrington and his crew. Russell (shop customer and a thoroughly nice guy) offered to make this film in about July 2018. We finally got around to it in November. A great day was had. Many thanks to Russell for this and his continued support.
My Favourite Records - Exhibition by Douglas Armour, filmed in the shop.
Second Beginning - live at St. Mary's Hub, Lichfield, November 2019 - launch party