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Discover the music of charismatic quintet
Popular Birmingham band The Lost Notes launch their debut album, Run Free Right Now, at The Red Lion in Kings Heath on December 2, 2017.

The Lost Notes, Ben Mills, Oli Jobes, Lucy Mills, Max Tomlinson, Silas Wood, Red Lion Kings Heath, Run Free Right Now, Album Launch
Launch: The Lost Notes (pic: Ben Mills)


The five-piece emerged from a two-year songwriting collaboration between jazz fan Ben Mills and folk enthusiast Oli Jobes who aimed to fuse their diverse musical interests and create a new sound – part-transatlantic folk, par-soul, part-blues and part-country.

After road-testing a bunch of tunes, Ben and Oli recruited the rest of the band. The current line-up is completed by Lucy Mills on backing vocals, Max Tomlinson on drums and Silas Wood on double bass.

The Lost Notes, Ben Mills, Oli Jobes, Lucy Mills, Max Tomlinson, Silas Wood, Red Lion Kings Heath, Run Free Right Now, Album Launch
On stage: The Lost Notes (pic: James Crockford)


One of the highlights of the band's first year together was a set at the 2015 Moseley Folk Festival 2015, which drew rave reviews. They have since performed in and around Birmingham at The Glee Club, Kitchen Garden Cafe, The Blue Piano, The Tower of Song, Ort Cafe, The Red Lion Folk Club and Bromsgrove Folk Club and Festival.

More recently, the band have supplemented their own regular headline gigs with support slots for more established artists including The Wild Ponies, The Black Feathers, Son of Town Hall, The Melrose Quartet, The Rosellys and 3 Daft Monkeys.

The Lost Notes, Ben Mills, Oli Jobes, Lucy Mills, Max Tomlinson, Silas Wood, Red Lion Kings Heath, Run Free Right Now, Album Launch
Warming up: The Lost Notes (pic: James Crockford)


They will warm-up for their December 2 album launch show with a gig at Bromsgrove Folk Club on November 30. There will then be a pre-Christmas show at Tower of Song, Kings Norton, on December 13.

Run Free Right Now features 13 self-penned tracks fusing bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues and pop.

The Lost Notes, Ben Mills, Oli Jobes, Lucy Mills, Max Tomlinson, Silas Wood, Red Lion Kings Heath, Run Free Right Now, Album Launch


According to the band: ''Ben sings, throttles a harmonica and ruins a perfectly good track with some backing guitar. Oli sings and insists on playing complex folky guitar patterns on most tracks. Lucy adds a relative touch of class with her vocals and a mean cowbell solo or two. Silas Wood and Max Tomlinson ignore the prima donnas in front and thump out driving rhythms on double bass and drums. Despite all that, they have managed to build up a loyal fan base.''
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Why? Debut album from popular band
When: Album launch show is on December 2, 2017
Phone: 0121 444 2803
Where: The Red Lion, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, B14 7LY
Cost: £5 plus fees
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