Harlequin’s Kiss return to the Gunmakers

Harlequin’s Kiss are pleased to announce that we will be returning to our long-running home, The Gunmakers Arms, on 11th March 2018. Entry will be free, with the show starting at 7pm.

As announced yesterday, this will be a performance by a one-night-only version of our line-up, with Chris Parry returning to the drums for this show. Chris was the drummer for the recording of our 4-track EP, Playing Rough, which will be available on CD at the show for the princely sum of £4. With Chris no longer regularly associated with the band, this will be a rare opportunity for signature collectors.

We will be supported this time around by singer-song writer Brad Stokes, whose projects include the bands City Street Lights and Waves Against Tides. A winner of ‘Sam Kanes search for a star’ 2017, Brad is influenced by rock, blues, country and Americana.

The Gunmakers Arms is at 92 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG

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Drummers: The Changing of the Guard

This week is bittersweet for us. Early in the new year, Giulio Tarrantino informed us that he intends to return to Italy and will no longer be able to play the drums for Harlequin’s Kiss. This is our final week with him behind the kit. His musical instincts meshed beautifully with the Harlequin’s Kiss sound and his presence behind us on stages all over the West Midlands will be sorely missed. Our loss will be the Italian rock scene’s gain.

We are, however, lucky enough to have found his replacement in surprisingly short order. We hope you will give a warm welcome to Claudio Espinosa. A natural blues-rock drummer, Claudio has slipped very quickly into the rhythm of our music and is looking very close to being gig-ready after only two weeks of rehearsals.

Claudio is currently being trained on the core of our set. We have not set deadlines for returning to regular gigging, but we will be announcing things as soon as we’re happy that the band is tight again.

We have decided not to let this change affect our plans for 2018. It was our intention to hit the recording studio at the end of February, and we will be doing so with Mike subbing on drums for the first batch of planned recordings. We will also be playing our first gig of 2018 on 11th March, with our former drummer Chris Parry returning for one night only. Further details will be announced tomorrow.