NAME a career in the entertainment industry and the chances are that one of three Kidderminster brothers will have turned their hands to it.

Ty Richardson is a multi-talented musician, teacher, businessman and event organiser - not to mention a former personal trainer - while Guy Richardson, 32, is a professional actor and tribute artist and 35-year-old Todd Richardson is a sound engineer for the BBC.

Now, as 29-year-old Ty plans his next venture - to open his own bar - he is offering other artists the chance to show off their skills and individuality at a weekly showcase, starting tonight, at The Arches Bar in the Ramada Hotel, Bewdley.

If all goes to plan, they will then also be able to feature in the line-up at his new bar, which he plans to call Fresh and open in the next two years on an industrial estate in Kidderminster or Worcester.

He hopes for Fresh nights at The Arches, formerly known as Penny Blacks, to run at the same time.

"What I'm trying to do is give artists an establishment to work from every week and I want to nurture individuality in kids and adults and anyone who is willing to perform," he told the Shuttle/Times and News.

"There will be different acts in every room and it's not all about music ... there may be some tribute acts but my whole point is to get the artists to perform as themselves."

The line-up so far includes young Stourport saxophonist, Sam Pagett, professional musicians, Joolz Gianni and Marcus Reynolds, and Ty's brother Guy, who has also featured in the Shuttle/Times and News in his role in Crowded House tribute act, Crooked House.

Ty has also hit the headlines on several occasions, the last being when he returned to his old school, Wolverley High, to advise A-level students on their portrayal of eating disorders after he shed 10 stone himself when he suffered from bulimia.

"I don't want to just be known as the guy who lost 10 stone and my brother, Guy, isn't just one of the Blues Brothers or Crowded House tribute act," he went on, adding he also hoped to attract mime artists, painters and theatrical shows.

The Marlpool resident added: "I'm not paying these people but they will be able to give out their business cards and show off what they do. I'm trying to showcase live performances by original acts, more than anything else.

"I'm trying to say I've spent all my life trying to be me so why should I be someone else?"

More information, including about auditions, can be obtained by calling Ty on 07970 670683.