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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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(before and) AFTER

I was high, I could have done it all again, for hours, chatted to everyone, Annie and Leighton and Cardigan Joe and Nikki all night.

Oh well, everything ends…

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It’s never enough…

I’ve been doing open mic nights for a few months now and it’s weird how different moods hit you on different nights. I had a great night on Sunday at the Nelson Tavern in Mudeford. On first walking in, I couldn’t quite work out how it would become a buzzing night of music, but stick a dozen or so musicians in a room and things soon come to life. My night in particular was made all the better thanks to ‘Cardigan Joe’ who was warm and welcoming, great company, and a dirty and quite hilarious rapper. The ‘Rap Off’ was in itself amazing fun and I had a fab night. I think the mood might have been brought on by wanting to share it with someone afterwards.

Then Camden last night. It was a strange quiet atmosphere but some great performances, not least by a guy called Andy and Shaun Gary Palmer, plus Tim on rather intense form.

Shaun and his ‘manager’ 🙂 kept me company for the evening as did John and we had a great night chatting and getting into the music.

Shaun is in the Quarter Finals of the Dorset Music Awards and I think you should vote for him as his stuff is great. You can do it here:

Best Live Act

And you can go and see him and others play at The Winchester in Bournemouth on Friday 17th February. Go on, you know you want to.

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