Tom McGhie

Arts section writer

tom mcghie

Tom McGhie is a recent graduate of English Literature from UEA and now whiles away the time as a part time barman and member of local band ‘Bag of Cans’. Pseudo-journalist, pseudo-musician, pseudo-human (…enjoys long strolls on the beach, etc).


(16.12.18) – To Be a Female Performer

There are few greater feelings than when an artist connects with their audience at a gig, something more than just applause and guitar chords. Most people have, at some point in their lives, attended a gig which has stuck in their memory because of that very exchange between performer and public. This visceral communication is what propels music as one of the most important art forms; it brings people together in an ever-dividing societal sphere.


(11.11.18) – The Future of Norwich Music

It’s about half past six as we pull up outside the Brickmakers, the once great bastion of free music and celebrated Norwich venue. In the fading evening light, I can still make out the instantly recognisable logo of the guitar which adorns the pub’s entrance – a beacon of sorts for music lovers and punters all over East Anglia. The ‘Brickies’ is large enough to accommodate 300 people and on most Fridays and Saturdays it does so, playing host to many raucous rock gigs and performances. However, as with all local music venues, on non-gig nights the atmosphere in these places is far less febrile and only dedicated drinkers and regulars frequent the venue.