Gift Economy UK Tour
Summer 2016



In Summer 2016 I took a two week spontaneous tour around the south of England. I wanted to explore gift economy and I planned to fund the tour, in part, by performing music. It was a positive experience.



Making introductions in person and sharing info about my laser drum kit, I played spontaneous gigs at the YHA Hostel in Bristol on 22nd June



Photo, Laser drumming at YHA Bristol UK Photo, Laser drumming at YHA Bristol UK Photo, Laser drumming at YHA Bristol UK



I helped my uncle fix his car in return for board in Nottingham.

The Jam Cafe there offered me a same-day slot on Saturday the 25th June.
The bar paid me in food and drinks and the appreciative audience gave generously after my performance.

My Buskers Cap, Jam Cafe Nottingham UK




On the 27th June I was joined by friends at Rough Trade in Nottingham and we jammed together using the laser drum kit.




And later in the week I performed at a private party for a co-operative community in London where adults and children attended and later made music with the laser drums. It was fun and I was fed well, given a room for a couple of days and met some good people.



July, I played live gigs at The Spirit of Gravity in Brighton, and OSC in Brighton; a night which encourages makers to invent musical instruments and technology and share their works in progress.

Photo, SHIRTY MUSIC PERFORMING AT OSC BRIGHTON Photo, SHIRTY MUSIC PERFORMING AT OSC BRIGHTON


EMF Festival, August


And my summer drew to a close with a main stage performance at the brilliant EMF Festival. It's been called "the UK's Burning Man". Hope to be back there in 2018!

Photo, Shirty Music at Electro Magnetic Field Festival, Stage A, August 2016




It was a great summer and I'm planning to do it again. I highly recommend travelling and performing with a gift economy approach.