Get ‘Behind the Music’ at The Ned Ludd

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Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington
The Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington has teamed up with Nottingham Brewery’s The Ned Ludd pub in Nottingham city centre to offer a unique fundraising evening of music, spoken word and discussion.

The event will take place in the pub’s upstairs function room on Saturday 26 August, with doors opening at 7pm and the performance starting around 7:30pm. Tickets cost £4 for entry only (there’ll be a cash bar), or punters can opt for a £10 ticket which includes a drink and a snack from The Ned Ludd’s new tapas menu.

All monies raised from ticket sales will be donated to The Framework Knitters Museum – Nottingham Brewery’s charitable partner – and the acts taking part have kindly agreed to perform free of charge. Each of the four acts will perform two sets with an interval at around 8:30pm, when the audience can order additional food as well as drinks from the bar if they wish.

So what is ‘Behind the Music’?

Musician and compere for the evening, Mark Nightingale (pictured above), explains: ‘This is more than just an evening of music and more than a mix of styles and performers. “Behind the Music” allows you to meet and hear from the performers themselves. Before each piece there’s a short explanation or insight from each musician.

Thus along with the music itself, we’re let in on the process that created it, or allowed to appreciate something of the musician’s craft and relationship with their instrument, or asked to look out for certain aspects in the music that we may not have noticed otherwise. Behind the Music not only lets us hear the music, but invites us inside the music too.’

Andy Heath, Operations Manager for Nottingham Brewery adds: ‘This is the second “Behind the Music” event that we’ve organised with Mark and the Framework Knitters Museum, so we’re hoping to really build on the success of the first one. Nottingham Brewery is delighted to be supporting the museum by donating the proceeds from ticket sales and we’re very grateful to Mark and all the acts for offering their time and talent free of charge. It’s set to be a fantastic evening, so come along and join us for a Saturday night with a difference.’

About the acts

Æsop Mīzen Band – This odd two-piece sounds like a full band. See Mark Nightingale play ‘the stick’, a 12 string guitar bass hybrid. Via touch style, “the stick” combines both lowest notes of a 6 string bass along with the full range of a standard guitar, but in such a way that both can be played simultaneously. Drummer Pete Nightingale matches this with his full kit and jazz style. His responsive style matches the twists of Æsop Mīzen’s progressive electro-jazz that mixes new material with re-worked standards.
Just Jude (Jude Winwood) – Just Jude is joining our special line-up for the evening, playing her 21 string kora, a west African bridge harp originating from The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Jude first met the kora during her studies for a Masters qualification in Ethnomusicology at The School of Oriental & African Studies in London, back in 2011. Since then she has made several study trips to The Gambia to learn more about the kora’s cultural background. Just Jude’s debut album ‘Heartful Kora’ comes out in July 2017 and will be available to purchase on the night.


Chris Miles – pioneer of pure impro. Improvisation takes many forms, but here we have its purest expression. With other experienced improvisers, Chris Miles leads the way creating in the moment a brand new piece; no agreed keys or chords; no agreed structure or feel. It is always surprising what fresh and complete music this method of improvisation produces.

Adam Nightingale – Hear published author and writer of historically based performances turn his attention to mixing words and music. Here we have spoken word deliberately tailored to go hand in hand with its musical backdrop. Building on the tradition of the tone poem, hear both the literary, and the music it inspired, live side by side.

How to buy tickets

You can buy tickets for ‘Behind the Music’ on the door or in advance from The Framework Knitters Museum or The Ned Ludd. Tickets are also available online from Eventbrite. For more information, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914 or email Office hours times are Wednesday to Friday, 10:30am to 4pm.