Drummer For Summer

TELSEN are delighted to welcome Jeff Wilday as our resident tub-thumper for our forthcoming events, including our much-longed-for return to TEHI Festival in July.

Jeff replaces our original drummer Richard, who had to take a recuperative sabbatical due to ongoing hand issues and eventually decided to step down. We’d like to wish Richard all the very best and we’re glad to hear his injury is showing a great deal of improvement.

Before making this announcement here. we sneaked in a little mid-bill 40 minute set at The Asylum 2 in Birmingham last month which went down very well.

We don’t think it will be long before Jeff is up to speed with the rest of the TELSEN back catalogue and perhaps even emerges from a cloud of rhubarb-and-custard-flavoured vapour long enough to have his mugshot added to the website.

For the moment, here’s the first ever photograph of the new line-up (Jeff is second from the left betwixt two other grumpy blokes…

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Watch and Listen

Occasionally, the Telsenites pop out to “open mic” nights at local live music venues to hone their stagecraft whilst also grabbing the opportunity to perform in front of some new faces. Earlier this month, Telsen made one such expedition to the brilliant Feathers venue in Lichfield where we were met with a very warm welcome despite being the only act that evening playing original music. We had a great evening and managed to film 4 of the 5 songs we performed. You’ll find these on our “Music” page.

March Ahead

In the last couple of weeks, Telsen have played their first two gigs since losing Richard (drums) and Phil (keys) and recruiting Dave (drums). We’ve showcased a couple of brand new (and arguably still works-in-progress) songs – “Pull me out” and “Give me more” . Both seemed to go down really well and are real “stadium anthems”. In fact, we’ve had marvellous feedback from both gigs so we’re all set to take the band onward and upward in this coming year.

We headlined at the excellent Route 44 in Acocks Green, Birmingham again on 27th February with a hastily-elongated set (there was one less act on the bill than planned) and then again at a “thank you for the support” free-to-enter gig at Asylum 2 in Hockley (at Madhouse Studios) on 5th March organised by our very own singist Abi. Great acts on both bills made for cracking nights of live music.

We are mightily grateful to our good mate Colin Dabbs for coming along and photographing our first gig with the new line-up at Route 44. We’ll post some more images over the coming weeks but here’s a couple to start with…

Point a camera at Abi, even mid-gig and this happens... Image by Colin Dabbs

Point a camera at Abi, even mid-gig and this happens…
Image by Colin Dabbs