Support confirmed for 29th November

JBJ Entertainment have announced support for our upcoming show in aid of Cancer Research at Ye Olde Foundry in Dudley. “Thirsty for Music” will take place on 29th November at 8pm and entry is free.

Giant and the Georges

Zingy hook lines, tangy riffs and vocal harmonies sweeter than honey. Giant and the Georges are dynamic performers, who specialise in composing peculiar yet annoyingly catchy tunes!

Molly-Anne

Molly-Anne is a young and upcoming musician from Gloucestershire, looking to make an positive impact. With a soulful, country inspired sound fused with elements of indie folk, Molly accompanies herself on the harmonica and acoustic guitar.

Danny McMahon

Danny McMahon has written commercially for paramount songwriting for a number of years but never saw himself on the front line until he attending Country2Country Festival, London in March 2017. The experience led him to write lyrics that he felt he could only communicate due to the honest and personal nature of his new authentic and melodic sound.

Ye Olde Foundry is on King Street, Dudley, DY2 8NY

 

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Harlequin’s Kiss at the Flapper 28th September

Harlequin’s Kiss are joining an absolutely huge line-up at Birmingham’s famous live music venue, The Flapper (recently given a temporary reprieve by developers), on 28th September 2018 at 7.30pm. In an evening titled “A Kiss with Destiny”, the serial show-stealers will be opening a night that includes their old friends Stonehouse Jack, along with Mistrusted and Rebel’s Kiss. Everything is aligning to make this a legendary gig, and you can be there for a mere pittance at £5.

Tickets are available online at ent24.com or save on booking fees by buying your tickets direct from Harlequin’s Kiss. Email harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com.

Rebel’s Kiss is a rock-pop originals band in the West Midlands formed by Suz in Feb ’18. Working with Ryan Lowry, Managing Director at So Called Studios as her writing & production partner, Suz brings original songs from her life experience in the last years into a lively and punchy set, with 4 other brilliant musicians.


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Stonehouse Jack are a Birmingham based rock band playing soaring guitar and melodic rhythm with grunge, blues and punk overtones to nourish your rock-loving ears. With a music video and EP in the bag, crowdfunded online, and produced and engineered by George Shilling, the band has recently hit the gig circuit with their twist on classic rock.

Mistrusted are three happy-go lucky souls from grimy Wolverhampton with a healthy contempt for authority and establishment bullshit who still believe in sonic sedition.

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The Flapper is on Kingston Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2NU

A Status Update

First of all, we have a sad announcement to make. Harlequin’s Kiss have decided to part company with rhythm guitarist Nathan Howells. It was a difficult decision, but one that we felt was in the best interests of the band. We wish him well in his future endeavours, but unfortunately we have come to recognise that he was not the right player for us.

We wish it to be known, however, that we are not on hiatus.

We were a single-guitar band from 2012-14, and while we are looking for a new drummer and rhythm guitarist we are still available for gigs. We have a drum machine that we are very well-rehearsed with, and Rob has worked hard to get the best possible sound out of it. In fact, at our recent show at Subside, a photographer was so convinced by our sound that he tried to take a photo of the guy behind the kit and was surprised to find nobody sitting there. We have also had offers from dep drummers that we have gratefully accepted.

The show goes on, and is still the full, in-your-face Harlequin’s Kiss experience, but we advise that any bookings we accept in the near future are on the understanding that we do not know if we will be turning up with a live drummer or a machine until after the booking is confirmed. For bookings, email harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com.

If you want to play with us, please get in touch. We are looking for a drummer and a second guitarist, but are open to a guitarist joining us a multi-instrumentalist if that’s what you are.

For an audition, email harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com, preferably with links to (or mp3s of) your previous work.

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.

Gunmakers Arms tonight

There has been a last-minute change of line-up at this evening’s show at the Gunmakers Arms. Charlotte Young is unfortunately unable to perform. Instead we’re proud to present Redditch-based acoustic duo Act of the Risen.

Act of the Risen is an energetic acoustic act from redditch and Wolverhampton who do a wide range of covers and original and are always looking to push.

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

November Gig Round-up

It’s a big month for us this November, with no fewer than 3 places you can catch us.

Coming up this weekend, on Saturday 4th November we’ll be at the Victoria on John Bright Street in Birmingham for the Soundwaves Music Competition live auditions. We’re on the 2.30pm show and tickets are available both online and through the band. Just email us at harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com. Tickets are £5 in advance and the show will feature a host of talented local acts over a 2-hour session.

On Sunday 5th November, we’ll be headlining the Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham as part of their regular run of Sunday night music. With support from Charlotte Young, this is a free event at a venue that we have a lot of affection for. The show starts at 7.00pm, although the venue is open all afternoon beforehand.

Finally, on Friday 24th November we head out to the Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton, where we’ll be supporting Forever Sabbath, a Black Sabbath tribute. The show also features My Great Affliction. Doors open at 7.30pm for what is shaping up to be an entertaining night of rock and metal. Tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the door, and advance tickets are available through the bands. Email us at harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com.

5th November – support confirmed

We’re pleased to announce that for our show at the Gunmakers Arms we will be supported by no less a talent than Charlotte Young.

Young is a country singer-songwriter from the West Midlands. A frequent traveller and performer, she is constantly creating new music and new experiences. Inspired by the country greats and classic rock icons, she is bringing a little bit of Nashville to Birmingham.

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The evening kicks off at 7.30 pm and is free entry.

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

Roadhouse Show Cancelled

We apologise to anyone who’s travelling down for our “featured act” spot at the Roadhouse’s open mic night tonight. We have been informed by the venue that a power issue has forced them to close this evening. We will be back for a standard slot sometime this month, and we’re working with the organiser to set a new date.

Gig Announcement: Gunmaker’s Arms

Harlequin’s Kiss will be back by popular demand at Birmingham’s Gunmaker’s Arms on 5th November.

Now run by the Two Towers Brewery, the Gunmaker’s Arms is the scene of the band’s debut gig back in June 2012. Every time we have played there, we’ve received a universally enthusiastic response, and we’re looking forward to joining their regular run of musical Sunday evenings. We hope to announce support bands soon.

The Gunmaker’s Arms is at 92 Bath St, Birmingham, B4 6HG.

Roadhouse Featured Act

We’re pleased to announce that Harlequin’s Kiss will be the Featured Act at the Roadhouse’s regular Monday open mic night on Monday 4th September. We’ll be bringing our full (short) show – bear and all – for the half hour slot. This gig will mark the official debut of our new rhythm guitarist Nathan Howells.

Roadhouse open mic regulars will have seen Nathan with us when we’ve played regular slots over the last few months. He’s a perfect fit for the band, and we think he’s ready to take the stage with us fully. So come on down and show some love.

The Roadhouse is at Wharfside Leisure Complex, Lifford Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 3DZ.