Music Q & A’s/Seminars

Velvet Coalmine hosts an informative and entertaining line-up of music Q&A’s.

12.15pm – 2pm
Preacher’s Bar, Blackwood
(see venues map HERE)

PRS For Music presents…
Starting out in the music industry?
How to make money from music. How to avoid the pitfalls.

Join us at Preachers Bar. Speakers are Danny Chang (Developing Creative Music), Paul Gray (Musician’s Union) and John Hywel Morris (PRS for Music). Q&As will be followed by a meet-the-industry networking session

Date: Saturday 5th September
Time: 12:15PM
Place: Preachers Bar 2-3 Hall Street, Blackwood, NP12 1NR


John Hywel Morris

John Hywel Morris has worked at PRS for Music for over 20 years. He is currently the Senior Membership Development Manager for Wales, serving Welsh PRS and MCPS members. John has had to deal with all sorts of member and licensing issues in his career and is well placed to offer the best kind of advice to Welsh composers and publishing companies, and musicians alike. John is based in Wales and hails from Bangor. He is also a musician and member of both organisations in his own right.

Paul Gray

Paul Gray learned to play the bass by miming in front of the bedroom mirror to T Rex, joining his first band Eddie & the Hot Rods a few years later in 1975 at the age of 16, signing to Island Records and touring the US with The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads at the spearhead of the new wave / punk movement. After several successful singles and albums, including the seminal summer anthem “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, in 1980 he was press-ganged into joining punk rockers The Damned where he spent a several colourful years before moving on as bassist / songwriter with the rock band UFO. He rejoined The Damned in 1989, has played bass for a variety of artists including The New York Doll’s Johnny Thunders and MC5’s Rob Tyner, and has witnessed more band bust ups, record deals and managers that he can remember. Paul can still be found wielding his trusty Rickenbacker alongside Damned guitarist Captain Sensible whom he has just written and recorded a new album with, and will be rejoing the Hotrods in the summer of 2015 for a series of shows to celebrate the bands 40th anniversary. In 2004 Paul was appointed as the Musicians’ Union Regional Officer for Wales and South West England. 

Danny Chang

Danny Chang is an award winning composer specialising in the composition of musical scores and songs for film and television. Danny was the composer for the BAFTA nominated children’s series “The Snow Spider” and the Oscar nominated and multi-award winning animated film “Famous Fred” starring Lenny Henry.

***You can also join John at the PRS for Music drinks reception at the Prechers Bar FRIDAY SEPT 4 at 7:30PM. Free drinks available.****

Seminar Diwydiant Cerddoriaeth

Dechrau yn y diwydiant cerddoriaeth?

Sut i ennill arian o gerddoriaeth

Sut i osgoi problemau

Ymunwch â ni yn Preachers Bar. Siaradwyr yw Danny Chang (Developing Creative Music), Paul Gray (Undeb y Cerddorion) a John Hywel Morris (PRS)

Dyddiad:  Dydd Sadwrn 5ed Medi

Amser:    12:15YH

Lleoliad:  Preachers Bar 2-3 Hall Street, Coed Duon, NP12 1NR

Gallwch hefyd ymuno a John yn nerbyniad diodydd PRS for Music yn Preachers Bar heno am 7:30YH. Bydd diodydd am ddim ar gael

Mae John Hywel Morris wedi gweithio yn PRS for Music am dros 20 mlynedd. John yw Uwch Reolwr Datblygu Aelodaeth ar gyfer Cymru, sy’n gwasanaethu aelodau Cymreig PRS a MCPS. Mae John wedi delio â phob math o faterion aelodau a thrwyddedu yn ei yrfa ac mae mewn sefyllfa dda i gynnig y math gorau o gyngor i gyfansoddwyr Cymreig a chwmnïau cyhoeddi, a cherddorion fel ei gilydd. Mae John wedi ei leoli yng Nghymru ac yn hanu o Fangor. Mae hefyd yn gerddor ac yn aelod o’r ddau sefydliad.

Simon Price in conversation with…Viv Albertine

Preacher’s Bar, Blackwood
3pm – 4.15pm


simonpriceSimon was born in Cardiff, raised in Barry, and now living in Brighton after a long spell in London (and a much shorter one in Paris), Simon Price has over thirty years in music journalism, including nine as writer and section editor at Melody Maker (1988-1997) and twelve as Rock & Pop Critic at the Independent On Sunday (2001-2013).
A freelance contributor for publications including Q, TheQuietus, The Guardian, The Observer, The Word, Mojo, Uncut, Time Out, Metro, Attitude, The Times, The Sunday Express, Penthouse, Bang, Select, The Face, Spin, Dazed & Confused, New Humanist, eMusic, Wondering Sound, Bluffer’s, Rolling Stone (Germany), Electronic Sound, Western Mail, Barry & District News, Louder Than War, The Big Issue, Vox, Ikon, The Stool Pigeon, Crack, Hobo, House Of Dolls and Metal Hammer.

Simon’s acclaimed debut book Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers), published by Virgin in 1999, became the fastest-selling rock biography in British history.  “Book Of The Year” – NME, “Rock book of the decade” – The Guardian

Viv Albertine: After twenty five years away from music, influential guitarist and songwriter, Viv Albertine, releases her first solo album ‘The Vermilion Border’ released in three formats through Cadiz Music. The album features a renowned bass player on each track, and even reunites Viv with Mick Jones of The Clash, who plays guitar on ‘Confessions of a MILF’.