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EletroAxé with Carlinhos Brown
Carlinhos Brown is a colossus in Brazilian music, known not only for his solo musical career but also for the founding of Timbalada and for reviving the use of the Timbau, one of the instruments I (try to!) play. As part of this year's carnival in ...
01-Apr-2011
18:17:00
2
Manchester Day
On Sunday we played in the Manchester Day parade. Seemingly about 75,000 people watched, so it's probably our biggest audience yet. There are loads of pictures of us on flickr, and the costumes looked fab so all the work was worthwhile. My only gripe ...
22-Jun-2010
20:38:00
3
Hosting a community website using Solaris and Tomcat
Outside of work I'm also a member of a Community-based Samba band, Meninos do Morumbi Oldham, along with my son James. Like most people in the IT business, once people figure out what you do you inevitably get requests to help with anything related to ...
27-Nov-2006
02:54:59
4
May bank holiday busk
As I'd explained in a previous post, Meninos do Morumbi Oldham, the Samba band of which my son James and myself are members are going to be busking in Manchester on the last weekend of every month, with the money going to a housing project in Sao Paulo. ...
01-May-2006
12:35:46
5
April Fool's busk
On Saturday we invaded Manchester for our first ever busking session - and all for a good cause. Eraldo (the guy in the red jacket in the photo above) comes from Sao Paulo in Brazil where we was a member of Meninos do Morumbi, a fantastic ...
03-Apr-2006
10:40:32
6
Jenny Pope: Missing in Ecuador
I was driving to band practice tonight and an item came on Radio Four about Jenny Pope, a lady from Mossley who has gone missing in Ecuador. She was last heard from while she was in Banos, Quito on 9th January and shortly afterwards her bank account was ...
27-Feb-2006
14:21:13
7
Stealth samba
As anyone who plays samba knows, it's a bit of a noisy pursuit, and tamborim is especially so as it's so high-pitched. This makes practising at home a little problematic unless everyone in your household (and the surrounding households!) is completely ...
01-Feb-2006
05:42:44
8
First Meninos do Morimbi - Oldham gig
Today I played my first Samba gig with the Oldham branch of Meninos do Morumbi, as part of this year's Oldham Carnival. Meninos are a Brazilian group from São Paulo in Brazil, and at the moment three of their teachers, Eraldo, Sivuca and Adriana are ...
28-May-2005
10:09:03
9
First t-shirt patrol of the year
Today was really rather warm - in the mid to upper teens (mid 60's fahrenheit for any colonials listening in), so rather than being bundled up like an Inuit I got to walk around in my t-shirt - it looks like spring is really here at last. Unfortunately ...
19-Mar-2005
07:12:37
10
Tsunami gig #2
I'm kinda behind on my blogging, so I better play catchup! Last Sunday we played at our second Tsumami benefit gig at The Globe, a pub in Glossop that specialises in real ale, vegan food and live music. We normally go there after Wednesday practice ...
05-Feb-2005
06:29:51
11
Busking for tsunami relief
Yesterday the Samba band I'm in took part in a big bash in Manchester to raise funds for tsunami relief. There were about six bands there in total, well over 100 people. We met up in the Royal Exchange Theatre building. I'd never been in there before, ...
09-Jan-2005
09:44:31
12
Rio meets the Highlands
I'm part of a local Samba band, and now summer is here (hah!) we are in the thick of our gig season. We rely on performance fees collected over the summer to keep us going over the winter months. Yesterday we played at St Swithun's Community Centre in ...
11-Jul-2004
10:29:56
13
Pandeiro = pain
Dspite what you may think from the picture above I've not suddenly got old time religion and taken to bashing a Tambourine and shouting "Hallelujah brother!" at passers by, it's a Pandeiro, not a Tambourine. I've been playing Surdo in my local ...
25-Jun-2004
09:40:30
14
A birthday bash
Yesterday it was my friend Sylvia's 60th birthday, so a number of us from the two Samba bands that Sylvia plays in (Ruidogrande and Zambura), met round at a friends house for a surprise birthday party. The cover story was that Sylvia was being taken ...
15-Jun-2004
01:24:08
15
First gig of the season
On Monday we played our first gig of the season, at a May-day festival in Belper. The weather gods were kind, and we had a good audience - the street was narrow so they couldn't get away :-) The fee was also a welcome addition to our coffers. I'm not ...
05-May-2004
11:35:31