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It’s always the people – September Sing #17

So, this is the first chance I’ve had to bring up to date the antics of my month of gigs. I believe I did a couple of songs at the Nelson on the 23rd and I believe they went very well. Camden the next night, however, was manic. When I went into Somebody To Love, I kind of had to scream to be heard over everyone else. Lots of clapping along and singing and it was a slight struggle to stay ahead of it all. Fun though. The Thomas Tripp was different altogether the next night. I was on last, the night shift again and very few people there to see what I thought was one of the defining performances of the whole month. Not to mention being accompanied by Ben and Ben in the sweetest way. I think Kazoo Ben was very taken as I got a kiss and a hug afterwards but percussion Ben was amazing too – he created quite some magic considering he only had a tambourine. The guy on the sound desk made everything sound sweet for me . Hope it sounded as good going out. Secret Musician’s Club on Wednesday 26th was sweet too. I opened with three songs and did another three later after the noise curfew and they all sounded pretty sweet to me. It was quite special actually as, when I did the acoustic ones, everyone circled their chairs around me, a bit like a campfire singsong. There were some incredible musicians there that night as well. Dancing Jug on Thursday 27th seemed on the verge of a gig too far. I was exhausted by that point but gave it what I had. Unfortunately I didn’t have the power for Roxanne in the key I decided to sing it, or the memory for the Beatles song chords either but it went ok apart from that. Given a break of a couple of days I was feeling a little more with it for the Nelson again for the Sunday and was extremely pleased with my performance, even if all the very accomplished performers had to battle against the Ryder Cup (boo to golf – right there with you Leighton). Monday 1st October at Camden was not quite the rousing finish I had hoped for but it went ok. Lovely to see John, Tim and chat with Team G afterwards. From the Thomas Tripp onwards, I started to do Hello Sensitive again after a long break and it got the reactions it always had, at the Thomas Tripp from the sound guy and especially Camden with one guy who was watching.

Coming up, full September Sing setlists and a survivor’s guide to a month of gigs.

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September Sing #12

Hello, avid reader, tis I, the crazy gig quest hobbit!
I’m kind of right in the middle of it all right now. The last few gigs have been eventful, fun, busy. Tonight’s gig above.

Saturday was at the Marine in Milford-On-Sea. Really beautiful venue, really great music, really great crowd. Annie, Cardigan Joe, Leighton, Big Daddy G were all fab to be with. Dave and a young guy I remember as Danny were really brilliant on the mic. BDG had a new song about Annie which was really great. A lovely night and Annie and Leighton renamed September Sing as ‘The Quest’.

Sunday at the Nelson was also great. Same guys and gals as the night before. I was racing back at breakneck speed from London to get to the gig in time and was rather frazzled when I arrived. However, it’s one of the best renditions of the song Annie and her Mum now call the George Harrison one that I’ve done. You can really feel when you and the crowd are feeling a song and we all felt it that night.

Monday was similar at Camden. I did I Want You Bad at Tim’s request and Pandora and everyone seemed just a little enthralled, which is such a wonderful feeling. I felt warmly nostalgic there that night and those three gigs were a high point of this whole thing. I think I get a nostalgia from Camden when the weather gets colder because that’s when I first played there so I could feel that ‘just like the first time’ feeling. Actually it’s almost exactly a year ago that i first played there. Also got lots of very nice comments from people who seemed to love the set and got to chat to Mark, who played the most incredible, powerful set, about gigging and the perils and highs and also quickly chatted to some of the other people playing. And got to see one half of Team Graeme again which was wonderful. Hopefully see them both next Monday.

And last night I was at O’Neill’s. Si Genaro quotes for this week, ‘be gentle with Sarge, he’s going through the change’ and a personal favourite of mine: ‘prawnography’. I was lucky enough to be accompanied by Ant, Tom and Leo on the last song and there’s a little bit of video of us together which I’ll put somewhere soon.

Setlists:
Marine, Saturday 15th:

Jumping Jack Flash

Without Words

Pandora

Staying Alive

Somebody To Love
Nelson Tavern, Sunday 16th:

Staying Alive

Without Words

Camden, Monday 17th:

I Want You Bad

Pandora

O’Neill’s, Tuesday 18th:

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

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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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Live Notice, 30th July 2012

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Klick Klack a Lacking

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy….

A weird thing happened to me on Wednesday.

I heard a sound that I hadn’t heard in ages and ages and realised how much I had missed it when I heard it. But I had forgotten the sound, forgotten even that there was a sound like it. So I wasn’t aware that I had been missing it.

That sound was the keys of a typewriter being hit. I couldn’t stop klacking away, it was great.

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“return of a legend”

Played Camden again on Monday for the first time in a while and had a fantastic time. Great company, great reception and great to see familiar faces again, especially Tim and Clyde, Lauren and Matt.

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Camden Set List – 17th April 2012

Wherever You Are

Just like Heaven

All I Can’t Say Is Everything

Somebody To Love

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