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Off The Record #22: "No Guitars"

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Cherry Red's Cafe Bar

92 John Bright Street

Birmingham

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Off The Record is a Birmingham-based music meetup. The event is centered around making time to listening and appreciating music – specifically, an album in full.

It works something like this: people will arrive, grab food/drinks from the lovely bar and café, and then we’ll sit back and listen to an entire album together, followed by a group chat about it – yep, a bit like a book club.

The theme and album

We're back with an awesome theme (and album): "No Guitars". That's right: for one month, we're banning the six string (and its shifty low-end cousin, the bass).

We'll be listening to Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel, whose 2016 album "Citizen of Glass" explores piano, "old keyboards", strings and her haunting voice.

Our host for May will be Off The Record regular Lauren Armstrong, who points out that the album features an all-female band too. This is our first event after a break in April so we're hungry to share music together!

We'll be listening to this record in full on the night, but wait, there's more! After we've heard the main album, it’s over to anyone else who wants to play a single song that fits our theme: "No Guitars". We’re not too strict, but the idea is that you’ll pick a song from an album that breaks the mould when it comes to instrumentation: no guitar music! But maybe you can think of something else...

If you can think of a song matching this theme, then bring it along and share it with the group! If it’s on Spotify or you have it on a portable device, bring it along and you can tell everyone why you love the song (and the album).

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What's this all about?

What’s the point? Why not just listen to it beforehand? Well, half-listening to an album while you’re grappling for a seat on the bus or pretending to work at your desk for the last hour of a Wednesday isn’t the best way to make time for experiencing a record. We want to try to experiment with putting aside time to engage properly with an album, really devote half an hour or so to taking it in, then hearing what other people thought of it. And discovering new stuff that other people really love. That’s the idea.

How much does it cost?

The event is free. The pub does good food so if you fancy some food while you're listening then you're in the right place. Cherry Reds has a brilliant beer selection and does teas and coffees too.

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