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Ronnie Scott’s

Elvin Jones by Christian Payne ©
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Elvin Jones by Christian Payne © Documentally

We here at BMA have been gathering information on Birmingham’s own Ronnie Scott’s now for some years. As with everything, there’s never enough time to gather our thoughts, so on that note, we thought if we could at least set the seed for those jazz lovers in Birmingham, they too could start contributing. We kick off proceedings with a beautiful photo of drummer Elvin Ray Jones – famed for many albums and the all-important ‘A Love Supreme’, alongside John Coltrane. Elvin sadly passed away in May of 2004, so it felt fitting in May of 2019 for us to jazz it up a little. Huge thanks to Christian Payne for this glorious image. We have more photos, magazine scans, gig listings and clippings on the way, so do remember to pop back from time to time.

Little Acre

Live at Barbarellas 1976

In the Que

We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project about the Que Club. Over the next 12 months we’ll be recording oral histories, digitising photographs, flyers, posters and other ephemera associated with the venue. We’ll be holding some Ghost Gigs and creating and curating some pop up exhibitions, events and walks. To get involved contact [email protected]

The Que Club

What do David Bowie, PJ Harvey, Blur, Carl Cox, Daft Punk, David Holmes, Atomic Jam, Flashback and House of God have in common? Answer, The Que Club!

Birmingham Music Archive C.I.C. and Viewfinder have recently been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to undertake a twelve month music history, heritage and culture project called In The Que.

The In the Que project focuses on the musical history, heritage and culture of the Que Club that was located in Birmingham’s Grade II* Methodist Central Hall from 1989-2017. The building has played host to musical icons such as David Bowie, Blur, PJ Harvey and Suede. But it is arguably better known as the home of the city’s dance and rave culture, home to seminal and legendary club nights such as Atomic Jam, Space Hopper, House of God, Miss Moneypennys and Flashback to name but a few. It was home to the BBC who broadcast shows from there and released a number of famous BBC Essential Mix recordings from DJs such as Carl Cox, Sasha and David Holmes. Daft Punk also recorded their 1997 Alive at the
Que album citing it as their favourite live performance from that years European tour.

As part of the project we will the record memories of people who played and raved at the Que Club and we’ll digitise, archive, share and exhibit the physical materials that document its history; photographs, posters, flyers and moving image recordings. We’ll host some ‘Ghost Gigs’ and are open to suggestions of what else we can do to celebrate the The Que Club.

Get involved!

We are seeking to recruit a number of highly motivated, talented and diverse individuals, with time, energy, and a keen interest in any or all of the following subjects; Birmingham, music, history, heritage and culture (all the better if you are into dance and rave culture!).

There are a number of roles available for volunteers and all roles will include training if needed.

  1. Researching the history of the Que Club and recording oral histories of dance music culture.
  2. Designing promotional, marketing and exhibition materials for the project.
  3. Seeking out materials for the online archive and for physical exhibitions.
  4. Digitising and uploading research materials across project platforms.
  5. Producing written materials for the project; oral history summaries, exhibition materials, online content.
  6. Curating and managing project events and exhibitions
  7. Managing the BMA online archive and social media accounts, uploading content and building audience engagement

This would be an excellent role for people wishing to gain experience in digital archiving, community archives, web development, arts administration, audience development, music history, heritage and culture, social history, social media strategy and event management or not-for-profit governance who are passionate about Birmingham and/or music and who want to recognise, celebrate, share and tell the world about our incredible but overlooked music heritage.

We are looking for candidates who possess one or more of the following attributes:

  1. Knowledge of and interest in Birmingham, music, history, heritage and culture.
  2. Be passionate about telling the stories of the city’s music culture to as many people as possible.
  3. Experience and ability to work with a broad range of people regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
  4. Good spoken, written and communication skills and be computer literate.
  5. Social media skills.
  6. Design skills.
  7. Media skills (audio recording, film, photography, journalism).
  8. Good administrative skills.

Hours will be a minimum 3 hours per week with some duties able to be done remotely. Responsibilities/tasks will be discussed on an individual basis.

How To Apply

If you would like to apply for any of the volunteer roles then please submit an email of interest to [email protected] or [email protected] using In The Que Volunteer in the subject line.

Que Club

A seminal club, located in the Grade II listed Methodist Central Hall on Corporation St. The Que Club hosted live music but was perhaps better known for its dance and rave music culture.

Cerebal Fix

Cerebral Fix are a Thrash Metal band who were active between 1986 – 1993 and from 2006 – present. Members have included Gregg Fellows, Simon Forrest, Frank Healy, Tony Warburton, Paul Adams, Andy Baker, Nicholas Barker, Kev Frost, Adrian Jones, Jake Morgan and Steve Watson.

Formed in Birmingham in 1986 they became members of the UK thrash metal and death metal scenes through four albums, three of which were on major labels before finally disbanding in 1993. In 2006, the band announced its reformation.

History 1986–1988
The band were initially Simon Forrest on vocals, Gregg Fellows on guitar, Adrian Jones on drums and Paul Adams on bass. After successful demos in 1987, entitled We Need Therapy and Product of Disgust, the band secured a record deal with independent London-based label, Vinyl Solution. Paul Adams then left the band and formed a band called Reprisal, which later went on to become Benediction. His replacement was Steve Watson, and the band entered the Loco Studio in Usk, South Wales to record their first album, Life Sucks… And Then You Die!, which was released in 1988.

The band promoted this album by touring the UK with bands such as Bolt Thrower, Deviated Instinct, Doom, Electro Hippies, Hellbastard, and Hard-Ons – all fairly prominent members of the emerging death metal, crust punk, and hardcore punk scenes. The album gained further exposure by having several tracks played on BBC Radio 1’s John Peel show – Peel himself being somewhat of a champion for eclectic music styles.

1989–1990
In 1989, the band recorded two songs for Sounds magazine and a compilation album which was never released. Adrian Jones and Steve Watson left the band and ex-Sacrilege members, Frank Healy and Andy Baker, joined the band which then went on to record a new demo, entitled Tower of Spite. The demo eventually resulted in them winning a contract with Roadrunner Records – a well-known record label specialising in heavy metal and especially the popular thrash metal subgenre. To announce the deal, Roadrunner Records set up a supporting slot for the band with Sepultura at The Marquee Club in London. Tony Warburton played a cover version of a Discharge song with the main act.

In 1990, the album Tower of Spite was released. It was recorded at Rhythm Studios in Leamington Spa with Paul Johnson producing. This set-up continued for all the band’s albums to date. To support the album, the band toured with Napalm Death after which Andy Baker decided to retire. Kev Frost, formerly of Metal Messiah, joined the band and they went on to tour the Netherlands.

1991–1993
In 1991, the band’s third album, Bastards, was released – again on Roadrunner Records, and with guest vocals by Blaze Bayley. A tour with American death metal band, Obituary, followed.

In 1992, the band’s fourth and final album to date, Death Erotica was released – this time on Music For Nations and were joined by members of Napalm Death and Pop Will Eat Itself from nearby Birmingham, who supplied guest vocals on various tracks.

To support the album, the band toured with doom metal band, Paradise Lost. However, shortly after, Frank Healy and Gregg Fellows left the band – the former to play with Benediction. For the European leg of the tour with Cancer, the band enlisted the services of Discharge bass player, Jake Morgan, and original Cerebral Fix member, Steve Watson who took up guitar duties this time round. Returning to the UK for another tour, Gregg Fellows rejoined the band and Nicholas Barker of Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth temporarily filled in on drums. The band split, however, in 1993.

2006
In 2006, the band – with four original members – announced a reunion and the intention to record again in the near future.

2008
On 9 May 2008, Cerebral Fix announced that Frank Healy had left Cerebral Fix as he was busy with his other band, Benediction. Scott Fairfax was later announced as the band’s new bass player on 24 June 2008. In 2009 drummer Neil Farrington passed away and in 2013 the band announced they were reforming with original bassist Steve Watson and drummer Andy Baker joining Gregg Fellows,, Tony Warburton, and Simon Forrest.

Discography
We Need Therapy (1987) Demo
Product of Disgust (1987) Demo
Life Sucks… And Then You Die! (1988) Vinyl Solution
Tower of Spite (1990) Demo
Tower of Spite (1990) Roadrunner Records
Bastards (1991) Roadrunner Records
Death Erotica (1992) Music For Nations/Under One Flag

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebral_Fix

Anjan Group

Mastan Singh Heera: (born Mastan Singh Jeerh; May 10th 1947) is an England-based Punjabi folk singer. Born in Calcutta and raised in Jallandhar, studied in Sultanpur Lodhi Punjab. He commenced his singing career in primary school and continued in Khalsa College. His Ustad Ujagar Singh Malang (Punjab) along with Inderjeet Singh (Derby UK) Surinder Singh Saund (Birmingham) have taught him great versatility in his vocal range.

The first ever single released by Oriental Star Agency was in 1967/8 “SR101” with his band Anjan Group, recorded at the famous Zella Studios in Birmingham. This Single featured 2 Songs and featured Lekh Raj,
Jagdish Dadra & Mohinder Singh.

Further to his success, Mastan also won the First Ever Asian Song Contest in 1974 with his band “The Nadaans”, other accolades included Best Singer of the Year 1979.

Along his musical career, he has worked with the likes of Jandu Litranwala, Sukhbir Sandhu, H.S.Hami, N.S.Noor, Mohinder Sajan, Prakash Sathi, Chan Jandhalvi, Chan Singh Safri, Azad Jallandhuri, Shiv Bathlavi, Nandlal Noorpuri & K.S.Narula.

Mastan has had great success with his releases which Include:
Teri Husan Laye, Geets & Ghazals, Memories of Punjab, Modern songs of Punjab, Tohfa, Good As Gold and his religious release Satkar Karo Gurbani Da.
Mastan is a firm believer in keeping Punjabi music traditional and Classical, combining lyrics that suit all generations.

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