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September Sing #15

Beard just before the Nelson on Sunday!

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September Sing #5

So, almost done 5 gigs in 5 days. It’s been a lot of fun already. Sunday was really wonderful at the Nelson, so warmly welcomed back, might take Annie up on a kazoo solo sometime. Monday at Camden, the audience were hushed and respectful and my lot turned up half an hour after I’d played – doh! Great to see them though. Tuesday at O’Neill’s was full of very interesting people, very interesting music (and the girl with the mask!) and I had a great time, joking about being the night shift (or maybe the headliner, depending on which way you look at it) and getting a great reception. Si Genaro said something about all the performers just turning up and playing for free because they love what they do and it is true, and I feel it too, going out against all nerves, misgivings, weather, exhaustedness and doing these gigs just to say I’ve done it. It’s great. And Chaplin’s in Boscombe last night, playing to a very few people and then dodging the drinkers until a frankly fantastic top-hatted, nose-ringed, tattooed and dreadlocked four-piece skiffle band jiggled the place silly!

So Dancing Jug tonight and first beardy pics above. Will let you know how it goes.

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September Sing #3

I think the big struggle for this project is going to be getting all the art done in time.

I have been given a little challenge to go with this September Sing, which is not to shave my beard for the whole duration. Hmmm, not sure I can manage that but maybe I’ll take a photo at each gig and see how I get on.

Also wanted to mention La Luna, the latest Pixar short film. I found it a supreme feat of storytelling. It was funny and moving and had a sense of extreme magic about it. It made me feel like I was very young and discovering the wonder of cinema all over again and any film that can do that has got to be good in my book. With tears in my eyes at the end, I felt it was not only Pixar’s best short but one of their best ever moments.

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