CHEERS AND BEERS
The inevitable thank you message from Richard Ward...
Our final gig at The Brunswick on Friday 26th May was an absolutely wonderful affair and have deep gratitude to each and every person who was either involved or attended. The bands were great, there was a lively summer time vibe in the air and people sang their hearts out, dancing the evening away. A perfect live finale.
Running Overhead Wires has been a truly amazing path, one which has allowed me to meet and experience hundreds of superb musicians (some of which have grown to become my best friends). It has given me the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience with learning the practicalities of staging and promoting live events - from humble beginnings at The Three Graces pub to packing out The Haunt to maintaining a standard on our weekly/monthly branded nights such as The Secret Level and Under Great Southern Lights. This experience I now take forth with my current job as booker at The Brunswick and the new project in Swear Down Records.
I give special thank yous to the following:
First and foremost - George Ritchie. I have known George since we were friends at school, and he moved down from Manchester in 2010 to get involved with what I was doing. He became an equal partner in Overhead Wires and was an integral part of the entire operation for 4 years - planning, promoting, accounting, stopping me from making silly decisions. George helped make it what it became.
Abigail White was another key part of admin and logistics for a few years. She also showed me how much PA system you could fit in a Fiesta, and made superb wristbands.
All past and current members of Jipsy Magic/Meta-Cassette. Overhead Wires managed this band for many years, touring the UK and putting out a couple of records. It solidifies you into a family unit.
Andy Voakes - the happy snapper behind the camera - documenting most of our gigs for the last 2 years.
Andy Hillion - showed belief in what we were doing from the off and let us lay camp at The Brunswick for our regular events and experiments. Your continual support has been brilliant.
Andy Rossiter - providing a lot of helpful advice on live promotion in the early days. Being patient with the many questions I had.
Laura Karim & Jimmy Milonas - The Mucky Duck became a bit of a second home for us for many years; and the support provided by these two legends for our will always be remembered.
Big cheers to the following people too for their integral involvement in the journey:Sally Denyer, Rob Beattie, Nolan Howard, Bernice MacDonald, Pippa Langridge, Stuart Huggett, Mik Hanscomb, Aimee Morris, Paul at The Lectern, Jack at The Quadrant, Nick McKenna, Dan Markland, Dei Machiavelli, Daniel James, Jake Mackay, Alfie Bernardi, Harvey Summers, Tom Ayres, Matt Brown, Dean Marsh, The Lanes, Oh Captain, Chuck SJ Hay, Bobby Deerfield, Kate Williams, Sanity FM, Mark Stack, Jonno Cox, Jeff Hemmings, Agatha Hayward, James Bandenburg, Mike Garrett, Hanterhir, Half Hour Hotel, Tom at The Franklin, Jules at Acklam, Cobham mate Cobham.
If I've forgotten anyone, soz - 8 and a half years worth is a lot to remember!
It has been (and will continue to be in different roles -) an honour to be part of the grassroots music culture of Brighton.