New talent needed at Tring open-mic night

From left: Liam Tobin, Tommy Rhodes, Ross Baldwin, Max Saidi and Matt Inglis. Picture courtesy of Nick Price
From left: Liam Tobin, Tommy Rhodes, Ross Baldwin, Max Saidi and Matt Inglis. Picture courtesy of Nick Price

Talented musicians are required to shake things up at a weekly open-mic night in Tring.

Kiss My Disc founder Gary Bull is appealing for fresh sounds to come along and join in the jam.

The free sessions, every Thursday at 7.30pm at The Pheasant in New Mill, already host a variety of acts, from solo artists to full bands.

Gary, 47, said: “Our regular core of visitors are excellent, but we do need new faces to keep the nights fresh and exciting.”

KMD, an open-mic and live sound specialist, provides all the equipment artists need to perform bar their instruments, so they can just turn up, plug in and play.

Gary, from Chartridge near Chesham, reassured new artists: “We go out of our way to welcome newcomers, and our performers and audience alike are always encouraging.

“Our environment enables artists to gain confidence and often leads to other things, such as joining bands and gaining valuable musical experience. Many friendships have been founded at our nights.”

KMD actively encourages the collaboration of musicians, and Gary said the nights often result in some brilliant jams.

“We are very lucky to have some incredibly talented folk who turn up regularly, so the others are likely to find a friendly and eager bunch of artists only too happy to join in as and when required.”

Performers are also given the opportunity to do feature shows, where they can play an extended set in front of friends and fans.

Gary said: “It works really well; they can try out new material and receive valuable feedback. It’s a great platform to rehearse live before shows.”

Things are changing for KMD in the next few weeks, as Gary plans to begin recording high quality video and audio on selected nights, which will be edited and uploaded online for performers to watch and share.

If you’d like to find out more, search ‘KMD Jam’ on Facebook or Google.