Category: news


Soup of the day?

56764517_2792437994116036_4961749629990338560_nThat awfully nice Mr Dyer of Songs of Praise, lumberjack shirt and spectacular beard fame has pulled off a bit of a coup bringing this gem of a show to Swindon. Certainly one that will ping on the radar of all you dedicated  hip-hop fans, still a thriving but often uncatered for genre.

Founded in October 2018, The Fullee Love Collective is an exciting new live act fronted by gold selling Hip Hop artist and founder of Jurassic 5, Soup. This is his new vehicle into the music scene. The collective bring a blend of Funk Soul and Disco with a commercial Pop, Electronic and Hip Hop backbone. Not only can you hear Soup’s legendary hip hop verses, it also showcases Soup as a Soul singer.

“FLC” are made up of some of the UK’s best musicians which as a group execute a lively and infectious show incorporating crowd participation and dance moves throughout. Not a show to be missed!

Tickets £15 from or The Victoria. Doors 8pm.

Write On!

thJust a quick message to tell you that as part of the Swindon Advertiser’s reshuffle of their entertainment guide, it has been proposed that local music will be getting more space. As part of this expansion, as well as my regular Sounds Around Town gig guide column, I will be writing a 300-400 word column that will take the form of a short interview, a band profile or a CD review. If you wish to be considered for this please get in touch, especially if you are a new band in the SN area. Please note that my interests lay in original music and sending me a CD does not guarentee inclusion.

On a more general note, I also write a spotlight piece for The Ocelot Magazine every month and often run local band reviews on my main website – As I say, no guarentees, but I do endeavour to find an outlet for as many of the bands who get in touch with me as possible, sometimes leading to gigs as well.

If interested you can find my postal address in the top right hand corner of the website listed above, or you can pop along to either a Songs of Praise or a Secret Chord gig, I’ll be the one looking at his watch and fretting about running times, but come and say hello, I don’t bite….unless I’m on the absinthe, but that’s another story.

The Secret Chord

riffsHerman Melville once said ” It is better to fail at originality that to suceed in imitation” but then he wrote books about one legged, whale fixated sea captains. Still, I think he might have a point, it’s a phrase that sort of sits at the heart of everything we do at Green Man Music. As most of you will know we currently promote music via a  couple of nights each month at The Victoria, Swindon under the name of Songs of Praise, a melting pot of new, local and out of town bands. All sorts of genes catered for from folk to indie, pop to metal, rock to acoustic, the weird and the wonderful, the new and the established, the only common denomonator is that all the bands are original acts.

Well, now we are branching out. As a way of catering for more bands and also hopefully to help Riffs Bar build up the custom in this difficult times, we are launching a second run of gigs, mainly Fridays and Saturdays and tentetivley called The Secret Chord. Due to the restraints of budget and geography we will probably be working with more locally based acts, at least to begin with. The  first shows will beging in mid-March and details will be up on out Facebook page as soon as they become available.

Go here and then the events tab for all our gigs –

The main reason for this message is to get the word out early and hopefully generate some interest in our new venture, your support is vital as if it proves to be something people are not interested in, a second run of gigs is not likely. With venues shuting, changing hands and often struggling to find audiences, radio support lessening for local music and council support also dwindling or their services undergoing price hikes, hopefully this will go some small way towards shoring up our music scene in these tricky times.

Please do not innudate us with offers, we know who we want to work with and if you are our sort of band we will get to hear about you. Really this is aimed at the punter. If your idea of supporting local bands is to just stick banners and memes up on social networking sites or you think that things will just jog along without you, think again. This is a chance to make sure we don’t lose any more of the infrastructure that has made the town so musically vibrant in the recent past.

Anyway just a heads up and keep checking for details of these and all our other gigs on the page given above.




The Bath Road Sessions

Library - 90Just a little message to help promote a new, underground and interesting way of getting your music out to a wider audience, without the pressures of playing on stage and all the hassle that goes with the formal gig set up. As a bit of a response to the gap in the market for radio exposure, this session aims to become a platform for local artists to showcase their music and have it streamed out to a wider audience. In the words of the organisers….

As we all know BBC Introducing Wiltshire is no more 😦 so we thought fuck it we’ll make our own 🙂 

On this page you can listen in to our recordings of all the best local talent doing what they do best stripped down to acoustic and being streamed live over the internet.

You will NOT have to worry about what to say in an interview or remember to plug your gigs and all that toss as there probably isn’t gunna be one, you will NOT have to worry about swearing, you CAN be as drunk as you want, in fact we encourage it, it will make a better show 🙂

Basically it’s gunna be a place to go for musicians to stream their new material live on our page have a few beers with ya mates and get more people to hear your stuff… sound like fun?? if your up for it write on the wall and we’ll arrange your show.


There is a Facebook page here with all the information  – so get in touch and see how they can help you on your way to total world domination.