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still waiting.... 

Although some musicians are back playing, I'm still waiting for the numbers here in Tokyo to drop (or vaccinations) before getting back out to the clubs to play. 

In the mean time, I have been working on some new music and am hoping to release in the near future. 


Thanks for checking in and see you soon!

TELL Vol 28 - 29 Feb @ Hobgoblin 

Join us for this awareness and fundraising event for mental health care and suicide prevention NPO, TELL. Free entry, donations appreciated. 

TELL is “...dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counseling services to Japan's international community and helping to address the country's growing mental health care needs.” Learn more at, find us on Facebook, or on Twitter @TELLJapan. 

19:30-20:00 - Haru 
20:15-20:45 - Ian Gronow 
21:00-21:45 - Non-Step Bus 
22:00-22:45 - Grant Rolls

Saturday, 29 February 2020 from 19:00-23:00

Hobgoblin Pubs Japan (3F, Ichiban Building, 1-3-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo) 

3F, Ichiban Building, 1-3-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043

Gamuso Live - is Back! 



Gamuso Live - is back! 
Started in 2010 It was the first regular event where bands could play, and fans could watch, all for free. 
Icon Girl Pistols played at that first ever show and we are delighted they will be playing this first revival! Also with Koji Tamura, Sunbringer, and Grant Rolls! 
There is a door charge that is split between the musicians!!! 

Doors open 19:00 
Show starts 20:00 

Koji Tamura Solo 

Grant Rolls 

Sunbringer (& friends) 

Icon Girl Pistols 

charge: 1000 yen +order 

See you there! 

2010年から始まった、阿佐ヶ谷GAMUSO(我無双) 初めての定期的なイベントが、今年再始動します。 
久しぶりにそのパフォーマンスが待ち遠しい結成10周年Icon Girl Pistols、D.O.G.Sでも活躍中のKoji Tamuraはソロで参戦。 
芳醇な歌声のGrant Rolls、そしてオープンマイクでもパワフルなギターを披露してくれるVikash率いるSunbringer! 

Doors open 19:00 
Show starts 20:00 
charge: 1000 yen +order

Taker Tom - Album Release Party - April 27th 

I just got asked to play the Release Party for swingin' soul band, Taker Tom on Friday, April 27th.

The gig is in Shimokitazawa at Mona Records. Shimokitazawa is the hipster area of Tokyo with great cafes and shops.

Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 6pm.

1500yen +drink for advanced door sales (2000yen on the night).

Either go to or contact me and I will put you on the list.

This will be my first time with these musicians and venue. It's going to be a fun night!


akerTomの1stアルバム『It has just begun』リリースパーティー 

4月27日 金曜日 
17:30オープン 18:00スタート 

&special guest!!


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9th Anniversary for the Lighthouse in Kokubunji! 

Hi all,

I had a great time playing Gamuso with Kevin Johnston and Kate Beck  last Friday. Last night was a lot of fun also at the new Pink Cow in Akasaka. Robert Taira Wilson and Kate Sikora joined me and it was a true pleasure to listen to them play.

This week (Saturday, April 7) at The Lighthouse Pub in Kokubunji, I will be playing with Robert Taira Wilson and Weedram for their 9th Anniversary Party. Wee Dram are an irish 7 piece band, Robert Taira has to be seen to be believed on guitar and I will round out the night with a bunch of covers - maybe even 99 Luftballoons....maybe.

This will be great fun with Hana and her team providing a very special offer. 999 yen all you can drink cocktails, plus 1000 yen including German lager beer , and another 1000 yen extra ALL otheirdraft (strongbow , Guinness , London Pride , hoegaarden and German lager ).

9周年のライトハウス! 9人のスタッフが活躍中! 9組のカップルが生まれ! 999円〜で飲み放題! 

さらに9人のミュージシャンも駆けつけてくれます 一緒にお祝いしましょう‼️ 

9 years Lighthouse! 9 staff members! 9 couples! 999 yen〜 all-you-can-drink! 

Come and celebrate this special night with us and 9 musicians‼️ 

Robert Taira Wilson & 
Grant Rolls

Lighthouse 9th Anniversary Party

If you want to be kept up to date with gigs, please send me your email and I will add you to the mailing list.  

Thank you. 

Thanks and Upcoming Gigs 

Thanks to everyone who came to listen, Haru, and the crew at Shimokitazawa Breath for last nights gig.

I had a fun time and hope you all did too. 

If you couldn't make it down, I hope you can make the next couple coming up. 


March 6 at What the Dickens. I'll be playing all night with a mix of original and covers. 

April 7 at The Lighthouse Pub in Kokubunji. I will be playing with Robert Taira Wilson and Weedram for their 9th Anniversary Party. 

If you want to be kept up to date with gigs, please send me your email and I will add you to the mailing list. 


Thank you. 

Playing vs Listening 

What would you do? Play or Listen?

I often wish I could do more of both. The more I hear live acts, the more inspired I get to improve my performance and also write more.

Next week I get to do this. 

I can't wait to go and listen to Zane Carney on Sunday January 21st. This guy is super talented.

Later in the week I am playing in Shimokitazawa Breath (January 25th) with some great acts. 

Maybe I will see you there. 


TELL Vol 22 Gig a Great Success! 

Well done to TELL for another great event to raise funds for Tokyo Lifeline. 

TELL Vol 22, saw a bunch of fun bands and solo artists come together in support of this great cause.

The crowd were great all night and supported strongly by dipping into their change and donating over 1000 dollars. 

I was giving away CD's if you donated on the night but ran out. I will be playing at What the Dickens again on November 21. Please come down and let me know if you donated. I will give you a free CD if you did. 

Thanks to Hiromi, John, Nate and everyone else involved with this event. 

Thanks to Shoestring Sessions 

We had a great night at BrewDog Bar in Roppongi last night. There was a great crowd and the place was buzzing. Thanks to all who came down to see Don and I play. That was the first outing for Don Cosgrove and myself as a duo. It was a lot of fun having some bass added to the bottom end of the songs and Don did a great job. 

Thanks to Iain and Mark for organizing, to Ian and the bar staff at BrewDog, thank you for great service and product.

Don and I will be playing again on March 19, at Papera Restaurant in Shinjuku, if you would like to come and see us again.


Gig at BrewDog, Roppongi - Feb 26th 

After an unexpected trip home and missing the last gig at Papera, I'm looking forward to playing The Shoestring Sessions hosted by Iain Naughton at BrewDog Bar Roppongi. Don Cosgrove on bass, will be joining me. 
I love the line up I get to play with as well. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening. I hope you can join us all. 

The Shoestring Sessions

The Shoestring Sessions Featuring 
Rock’n’Flow, Salmon Sperm Sparxxs, Kate Beck, Grant Rolls, Matty B, Koji Tamura (D.O.G.S.) plus Pie'n'Beans (DJ Set). 


The ShoeString Sessions returns this month with a heady mix for you. This month features Chiba noisy boys Rock’n’Flow make a long awaited return, songstress and lovely lady Kate Beck, the gentleman of many voices and top bloke Grant Rolls, one man wonder and podcast entrepreneur Matty B, gravel throated and mostly shirtless Koji Tamura (D.O.G.S.), and I am very very happy to announce the madness and sonic whirlwind that is Salmon Sperm Sparxxs will make their acoustic debut where almost anything could happen. Plus birthday DJ sets from the legend that is Chiharu Withers (plus her bearded Iron Bru fuelled husband) as Pie'n'Beans.

Gigs for June-Sep  

Starting to piece together the next set of gigs with a holiday to NZ in the middle. 
June 23 - Pink Cow, Roppongi
June 26 - Papera, Shinjuku
Aug 11 - Anga Live, Chiba
Aug 18 - What the Dickens, Ebisu (with Chris from Liquid Courage)
Sep 9 - What the Dickens, Ebisu (TELL Event)

Hopefully see you at some of these...or all (I'll buy you a beer if you make all of them!)


On May 7th, TELL Vol. 18 will be happening around Japan. 

I'll be playing Hobgoblin in Shibuya from 10pm. I hope you can make it down to me or anyone of the other venues. 

Four cities, 9 venues, and 45 bands and artists performing in support of TELL’s mental health care services, in English. Band Night For TELL Vol.18 is coming! Shows to be held at for 19:00 at the following venues (artist names below). 


The Gael Irish Pub 

Murphy’s Irish Pub 

The Blarney Stone (Shinsaibashi) 


Hobgoblin (Shibuya) 

The Pink Cow 

Ruby Room 

What The Dickens 

Date: Saturday May 7th 

Start: 19:00 

Admission: Free (Donations Appreciated) 

Learn more about TELL at 

*Special thanks to the venue, artists, TELL volunteers, attendees, and individual venue producers. 

TELL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counseling services to Japan's international community and helping to address the country's growing mental health care needs. 



L.W. George 
Tender Armstrong 
Alcohol Apology 

Dan Kane 

THE BLARNEY STONE (Shinsaibashi) 
Soul to Soul 
Ichigo Ichie 
*MC: Shu Naka&Jennifer Wint 

Adam Bretherick 
Slinky Tips 

7:00 Haru 
7:45 The Flint Hearts 
8:30 Sawas Phool 
9:15 The Dave Juteau Band 
10:00 Arthur Pentameter 
*MC: John McGowan 

HOBGOBLIN (Shibuya) 
7:00 Ian Gronow 
7:45 nature airliner 
8:30 Mickey Acorn 
9:15 Mana Hardcore 
10:00 Grant Rolls 
*MC: Ian Gronow 

7:00 Misoshiru Family 
7:45 The INAGEYA 
8:30 The Complaints Department 
9:15 The Goood Things 
10:00 The Oyajis 
*MC: Nate Gildart 

7:00 Los Yoyoguiris 
7:45 Curry Ramen 
8:30 Rob de Band 
9:15 San Danesins 
10:00 Negative Zero 

7:00 Last of the Mojitos 
7:45 The Speshulls 
8:30 Tokyo Cover and the Bootleg Affair 
9:15 Strawberry Jam 
10:00 Woad Wocket 

Back at the Dickens 

Last week was fun being back at the Dickens. Walking in to sound check and seeing Hiromi's smiling face, after a hiatus from playing long shows, was a welcome sight. I got to share sets with my buddies from Liquid Courage as well. Always a good balance between us during the night. 
Although not a large crowd of our regulars, we had plenty of new fans up dancing and enjoying the music. 
I love playing downtown as it is a great way to meet people from such different walks of life. From salarymen ,workers, ex-pats, students, the works. 
I'll be back in August and September at The Dickens so come out and meet the crowd.

Gigs Lined Up (TBC)  

I had a great time at The Pink Cow in Roppongi at my return to local music. It was a fun night with good music and a chance to meet  a bunch of new musicians I haven't met in town before.
Thanks to promoter Nate Gildart for another one of his events bringing people together. 

With the first gig back after a six month layoff under my belt, the gigs have been booking up fast. I have had six booked in the last week!

Here are the tentative dates and venues.  I will upload to Shows once all confirmed.

13 Feb - Pub Republic, Otsuka
27 Feb - What the Dicken's, Ebisu
19 March - Gamuso, Asagaya
2 April - Lighthouse, Kokubunji
7 May - TELL, venue tba
13 May - Crawfish, Akasaka
June - Folker's Reunion venue tba