Hello everyone!

This year we thought it might be cool to all club in and do something silly and creative for the event and that way we’ll all have something to take away from it and keep – preserved in the annals of the internet until it gets archived in a few years.

So here’s the guide track for the video let’s make for Robb’s gig 2011. Put simply, this is the basis from which you can record your own bit. Simply put some headphones on, listen to this version and sing/drum/percuss/dance/mime/literally anything along and record yourself doing it.

The song is at 112bpm – there’s lots of a metronome at the end if you want to do your bit without the incredibly annoying track playing in the background.

The lyrics and chord progression are here:

You can find the solo and sax bits around the net.

Once you’ve recorded your bit email it to me at I’ll then piece together the final piece in the style of Kutiman The intention is for me to not really be in the final version that much (this really is a guide, sod playing this on the night!) and to have as many people as possible in the video – y’know, cos it’d be really nice.

Email me at or ring me on 07742 364102 if you want some help doing this – you could even come round mine and use my tech to get in the video if you want

Honestly, anything is fine – just smiling and waving would be fine – inclusion’s the name of the game.

Big love xx

Robb’s Gig 2011!

The Bigtime SuperCrew UNITE!

Yes friends! It’s that time of year again (in fact, it’s a little bit later than it normally is, but it looks like summer came late this year so it was totally intentional obviously). Time to start gearing up for the love-filled friend fest where we spend some time together enjoying the personalities, talents and beauty of those close and maybe not so close to us and Robb in the name of the big man himself.

We’ve spent some time laying down the ground work for this year’s event and are proud and excited to reveal that this year Robb’s Gig will be held DOWNSTAIRS AT THE ASSEMBLY INN in beautiful BATH, on Saturday November 12th 2011 at 6:30 PEE EMM! EEK! That’s ONLY FIVE WEEKS AWAY!

This year it’s all about inclusion and involvement! We’ve already lined up some awesome acts who will perform on the night in the spirit and legacy of everything, but we want to see everyone get up and do something. In the spirit of this ethos, we’ve put together what may be the most earth shattering backing band OF ALL TIME to perform tracks of your bidding. Myself, John Ryan and Pocket Chris have all lent their talents to the band and we’d like you to get up and perform with us. If there’s a track you’d like to perform with us, either original or existent, then email me at and let’s get performing. Please let us know by 28th October if you’d like us to learn something and we’ll get our caps on (nb: not caps lock)

AND ALSO! If there’s anything at all you’d like to contribute to the night – be it art, be it comedy, be it film (we’ve got a screen behind the stage), or even BALLOON ANIMALLING, A SMALL DANCE INVOLVING ONE LEG, A JOKE YOU MADE UP, or ANY COMBINATION OR NONE OF THE ABOVE, then let’s do this! If you have absolutely anything you’d like to bring to the night again, email me at and let’s talk! The night is not about competition, far from it, it’s about enjoying each other in whatever form that takes.

Bands, singers, songwriters, let’s do this! Email me if you want to play and we’ll get you on. We’ll have full backline (drums, amps, keys, mics and guitars if necessary) so you just need to turn up. Please let us know ahead of time if you’d like to get playing.

This year we’re looking at keeping it a bit lower key than in previous years (nb: but just as AWESOME), and we’ll be talking a lot about how 2012 is shaping up. Lots of chat has already been had about making 2012 the big one – charging for entry, having a lineup featuring some big-hitting bands, making it an overnight affair – we’re the people who are going to make this happen so let’s use the night to talk about it and see who’s up for contributing what in terms of organization, logistics and perhaps how we get a load of money to do it for absolutely nothing!

Back to this year, we’d love to see as many of you down there as possible and if you have any ideas for the night at all we’d love to hear them. We’ll hopefully be streaming the whole gig live over the net for any internationals or people otherwise engaged (or parented..!) who may not be able to make it, and of course the main thing is that everyone comes along and makes this year all that you guys have made it so far.

Let’s do this!!
Big love as always

Paul, John and Chris xx

Robb’s Gig 2010

The following message is brought to you via Jamie, from the wonderface that is Paul C. MacMahon.

Hey beautifuls, and good afternoon to you, the lovely crew.

It’s coming round to that time of the year again, and big ting gwahn in the background of late to bring together the latest installment of our friend Robb’s gig. Robb’s Gig 2010’s venue and date is now CONFIRMED, and we’re proper excited about it. We’ve got plenty of time to pull together an awesome celebration of his life and loves, get creative, make videos, create new bands, write songs, draw pictures, create decorations, act all silly and all the other malarky that we do so well.

Once all that has been sweated over, let’s all get together and show each other what we’ve been doing in:

The Farmhouse, Lansdown in Bath (


Saturday 25th September 2010 from 5pm.

The staff at the Farmhouse have been really supportive so far and are eager to put the event on, and the pub is completely lush, great atmosphere and perfect for any level of noise we want to make into the wee small hours. We’ve got it exclusively for us till 1 o’clock in the morning.

As we have no limit on noise this year we’re able to crank those amps back up to 11! We will have full backline available (including drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, electric piano and mics), so if you would like to put something together and play let me know and we’ll start to put together a playlist for the evening. We’re encouraging the punk, rock and metal side of things, as well as the acoustic and folk element, and will hopefully have a nice dynamic swoop to the evening. We also have some pretty special things in the works that might not come off, so I won’t mention them yet.

The Farmhouse have a large HDTV behind the stage, so if anyone has anything visual that they would like to display through it – any format should be fine as we can hook a laptop up to it – let me know. We’ll be looping images and things on there through the night, but it would be awesome if we could have another video interlude. Again, if anyone wants to put together a film or show something they’ve created in the past this would be an ideal opportunity.

We’ll be cooking up a barbecue (hopefully) from about 5pm in the outdoor bit of the Farmhouse (which is also really lovely). (It’s all just really lovely there). If the weather is pooping we’ll keep it indoors and sort out some other form of catering. Let me know if anyone has any specific food ideas.

In the spirit of collaboration and embracing emerging technologies I’ve started a Spotify mix to collate all things Robb and musical. Come on board and add freely any songs to be played on the evening in between the live stuff. If you haven’t got Spotify you definitely should have it, and you can get it from for free – I have a couple of invites left for the unlimited music version so hit me up if you want!

We really hope the date is good for everybody, if anyone has houses that have beds what are inside them for people to sleep in locally then here’s the place to hook up. I can be contacted on, and my mobile number is 07742 364102 for asking the things about the evening and please let me know if you’d like to play, what you’ll be doing and what (if any) of the backline you’ll need. Of course, if there people that need to know and are not on the Facebook then please spread the word.

As always, huge love friends.


Facebook page is here:
Facebook Event is here:

Robb’s Gig the third 2008!!!

I’m reposting this on behalf of Matt, as we haven’t sorted out this website still!


From the Robb’s Gig Facebook group:


Yo gang! Can you believe it’s already that special time of year again – yes! Time for the third annual tribute to the bearded, talented, and yet always swearing in photos – Robb Fraser!

The more astute of you will have noticed that this announcement has come to you approximately 1 month before the big man’s birthday so time is a factor and we need to get going! First to note is that there are a few changes to the old and familiar set up of the Robb’s Gigs of the past. The main thing to commit to memory / put in your diary / tattoo on yer face is that this year we are moving the gig from its old venue to a new location – MOLES NIGHTCLUB!! As important as this is the date so your not gunna miss any of the action. The trilogy is set to be completed on Wednesday 17th September. So just to clarify:

Robb’s Gig 2008 – WEDNESDAY 17th September 2008 in Moles
3rd Robb’s Gig – 17/09/08 – Moles Nightclub

Robb’s Gig 3! 17th day of the month of September in the year of 2008 at Moles club Bath!!
Imagine it’s a Tuesday – the 16th of September and we’re in the Porter – I would tell you Robb’s gig is tomorrow (weds) and happening in the club below where we are sitting!

Please keep that evening free and make sure you come if at all possible! The second (and possibly most dangerous) change is that this year Jamie and Debs have passed the gig torch on and are hoping to take a more relaxed and less stressfully involved role in the organisation of this years gig as it would be nice for them to kick back and enjoy one of these a bit more! Therefore you are gunna have to struggle to communicate and contact one of us other admin types to answer any questions ye have or inform us of any ideas you might be harbouring – we will do our best and we apologise in advance as we prolly won’t be as good as the previous organisers!

Sooooooooo with this in mind we would now like to call upon your collective talents and ideas to try and make this gig the one that isn’t remembered for being “not as good as it was!” Robb was very fortunate to have such a wide and diverse range of hugely talented friends, and with your efforts I am sure we can put together an event that is a worthy tribute to Robb’s immense talent. Therefore I call upon all of you that can wield an instrument or stage a performance to supply your services for this event – and if you could let us know a.s.a.p that would really help. Also if anyone has any ideas or suggestions of things they would like to see at this event please put them forward – really anything at all – and we’ll try to make it happen. I should point out at this stage to anyone who is thinking of playing that as this event that due to it now being in moles (that has a later opening time than invention arts) we will possibly have less stage time for bands than previous years. It has been a struggle in the past to get enough time for everyone who wanted to play a space and now we have potentially less time. Therefore if you are thinking of doing summat could you limit your sets to about 10mins (or 2 songs?) Just so as many people as possible have the opportunity to play. We will do our level best to accommodate everyone but get yer names down early to avoid disappointment!

Finally (yes I realise I have wittered on a bit!) the event at Moles will be a free entry event as it is on a Wednesday – therefore get there early as a) the bands will be playing from the start and b) we would hate for people not to be able to gain entry as the club is full. On a final note there will be a collection on the evening that will be donated to the friends of the RUH who perform a difficult but amazing job.

Reet! I hope that’s covered most things! – More updates will probably come as they occur to me that I haven’t sorted them out so keep an eye on this group for additional info and get your suggestions/ideas/offers in NOW!!



2 years…

It’s awful to have anniversaries of horrible things, and I don’t want to perpetuate it as I’d rather not believe in it, but I guess we’ve been conditioned into our yearly cycles so we just can’t help it.

It always hits me most late at night, if I’m working late or whatever and a song comes on that just takes me into that weird frame of thought that I felt during the time Robb was in hospital and for weeks just after he died. We were working non-stop then too, as Robb decided to check out right before our first big deadline (no pun intended) as a new company. Tonight, it’s Mogwai doing the business, but it probably could be anything.

The whole thing still is surreal. Not real at all. I just thought ‘it’s hard to believe my brother has died, hard to believe he was even alive’, not meaning to rhyme or anything, it’s just too weird and fucked up to be true, so it sometimes seems like none of it was real.

Something that has been going round my head for a long time now, usually all night at the gigs, is that it’s ‘fucked up’ (for want of a better phrase) that someone has to die for it to come out how much the people around them really fucking love and appreciate them. Maybe we should tell each other more. If Robb could have seen any of the gigs I don’t see how he could have done what he did. I don’t see how he could’ve done it anyway really. Too stupid. I didn’t think he was that stupid. I think the main thing we have to learn from what happened is that NOONE should ever, ever be that stupid. Always talk to someone. Life is the most amazing thing possible. If you don’t feel that, it can and should be learnt. I can’t forgive Robb for killing himself, because it’s not just about him, it’s about everyone around him and it’s fucked people up, and that is not fair.

I’m rambling cos I’m tired. Sorry. I’ve got a poem in me somewhere that has been kicking around ever since it happened, I need to find some space to write it down.


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