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David Hyams and the Miles to Go Band - House Concerts
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HOSTING A HOUSE CONCERT FOR THE MILES TO GO TRIO

A House Concert is where someone (generally a music lover or fan) turns a space in their house (usually their living room though it could be an outdoor space weather permitting) into an informal concert venue for a performance. We've now done a fair few of these - and now a large proportion of our shows are house concerts.

One of the best descriptions we've heard is that a house concert is "like a party with a concert in the middle".

WHO ARE THE 'MILES TO GO TRIO' AND HOW LONG DO WE PLAY FOR?

The trio is Miles To Go band leader David Hyams, joined by various other players (sometimes depends on which part of the world we're in) including Jenny M Thomas on fiddle and Melanie Robinson on cello - in WA the line up usually consists of Stuart Paterson on flute and Anna Sarcich on cello. As the name would suggest though, its only 3 of us at the one time.

We generally play 2 x 45-50 minute sets - with a break in the middle for 20 to 30mins (or however long it takes for your guests to eat drink, socialise etc).

WHY A HOUSE CONCERT?

House concerts have been around for a while and these days are becoming extremely popular, with some musicians now doing entire tours of only house concerts. We think this is because people want to see good music at reasonable prices in venues where they can really listen to the performers. The Internet means presenters can now share information and promote shows without cost, which has hugely helped the house concert revival.

Some reasons why you might consider a house concert:

  • You can experience a favourite performer, in an intimate setting;
  • Most people have never been to a private concert in someone's home, so your guests are usually intrigued - and feel they are part of something special;
  • It's a great alternative to noisy, crowded pubs or other venues where the music is often secondary to alcohol sales;
  • House concerts are well suited for smaller, closely connected communities where most promotion can be simply done by word of mouth;
  • In some rural and suburban communities, it's sometimes the only option for hearing live music locally;
  • It's a great addition to the itinerary of a touring act (we can vouch for that - and we've also made long lasting friends with some of our hosts!);
  • The neighbours will be green with envy when they find out you're the first in your street to host a concert!

For more information and to have all your questions answered, click here to download a pdf all about our House Concerts...