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So wonderful to be back gigging!!  

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at Musical Mouth Pieces and The Platform at The Station, was so good to be back playing and sharing some new music and poetry! Was ace to perform with the wonderful Mouth Pieces band too - thanks so much guys xxx 

Here's an artist's impression of the night at The Station:


Blues Week 2020!  

This is going to be a special one! Blues Week is celebrating its 20th year with an amazing line-up! I am privileged to be teaching my beginners guitar class again. If you'd like to learn traditional country blues guitar, harmonica and/or vocals with a bunch of lovely people then sign up here:  

Blues Week 2019! 

It's that time again! 

Blues Week is nearly here - really looking forward to immersing myself in country blues for the week! 

It's a fantastic opportunity to learn authentic country blues guitar, harmonica and vocals with a bunch of wonderful people.  

If you're interested in coming along there's more info here:


Eighty-Four Poetry Anthology 

I've been deeply moved by this beautiful and courageous new anthology. The title comes from the shocking statistic of how many men in the UK take their own lives every week. It's a wonderful and important project curated by Helen Calcutt and I feel honoured to have one of my poems included. 

All proceeds from the book go to CALM :

More info and if you'd like a copy:

Music Minds CD released!!! 

Hi everyone,

the Music Minds CD has been released and is now venturing out into the universe!! You can catch one here: or if you'd prefer the experience of purchasing one in person it is available at HMV! (and has made it into their recommended section!) :

Music Minds CD 

We're really excited to be part of a project called "Music Minds" - a campaign to release music supporting UK mental health charities including Mind, Samaritans, Nordoff Robbins and Music Support. 

Our song "Cry" is going to be included on a CD along with 49 other artists who have donated songs. It's going to be released on World Mental Health day on October 10th! 

If you'd like to support the project please visit - it will be greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks 

Abi + Dan 


Bluesweek 2018 


In just over a month we'll be at Hartpury College for Blues Week 2018!!!  

Blues Week is "a chance to learn how to play the blues, sing the blues, and make new friends." This year, we have 4 great harmonica teachers and 7 guitar teachers. We are announcing the addition of Michel Lelong to our staff of guitar teachers. Michel, from Tours France, taught at Blues Week during the Exeter University years. He's a great fingerpicker and after a long absence, we welcome his return.

For more details about the program please visit the Euro Blues website

Summer Solstice at Ort!  

Join us for a wild night of music 'til dawn... well, maybe not that wild and we might not stay up that late, we're all getting on a bit now...  


Previous events

Date Event Location
Evening of Creativity Oikos Cafe, Erdington Oikos Cafe, Erdington
Seas of Mirth / The Tenbags / Abi Budgen The Rainbow Pub, Digbeth, Birmingham The Rainbow Pub, Digbeth, Birmingham
The Platform at The Station The Station Pub, Kings Heath, Birmingham The Station Pub, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Musical Mouth Pieces III - feat. Casey Bailey and Abi Budgen Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield
Blues Week 2020 - Guitar and Harmonica Residential Workshop - 3rd to 8th August Hartpury College Hartpury College
Abi Budgen, Goodall and The Strangest Feeling at The Station The Station, Kings Heath, B'ham The Station, Kings Heath, B'ham
Blues Week 2019 - Guitar and Harmonica Workshop Hartpury College, Gloucestershire Hartpury College, Gloucestershire
Supporting The Choir with No Name Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham
Quench Arts Fundraiser The Edge, Digbeth, Birmingham The Edge, Digbeth, Birmingham
 —  — Acoustic Blues Weekend - Workshops & Concert The Beacon, Wantage The Beacon, Wantage
Muzikstan St Columba Church, Moseley, B'ham St Columba Church, Moseley, B'ham
The Strangest Feeling / Abi Budgen & Friends at the Old Mo The Old Moseley Arms, Balsall Heath, Birmingham The Old Moseley Arms, Balsall Heath, Birmingham
Music for Dudley Mind (in memory of Chris and Val Long) The Queen's Head, Stourbridge The Queen's Head, Stourbridge
Misty's Big Adventure Christmas Gig! Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, B'ham Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, B'ham
Winter Solstice at Ort Ort Cafe, Balsall Heath, Birmingham Ort Cafe, Balsall Heath, Birmingham
Festive Folk Thimblemill Library, Smethwick Thimblemill Library, Smethwick
Birmingham Children's Hospital  
Birmingham Women's Hospital  
Music on the Roof!  
Blue Piano Harborne, B'ham Harborne, B'ham