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This guitar has seconds to live – September Sing #13

Bourne Beat Hotel on Wednesday, an amazing, almost tense atmosphere in the most incredible room packed full of gig posters of every shape and style of music on every available space on the walls. Secret Musician’s Club indeed. My guitar decided it didn’t want to play without putting up a fight against its battery and any lead attached to it but I eventually got a sound out of it.

Thursday was at The Dancing Jug and an audience of the barman and a very drunk girl. The barman had a stab at Wonderwall when I played it for him and the girl tried to steal the mic on several occasions. I’m not sure she knew what she wanted to do with it though. A fantastic night’s music, however, with the Bluesmen Three on scorching form, Ant the perfect host as always, and I allowed to do two sets. Nice jam with blues Pete and Ant on the last song too.

Setlists:

Bourne Beat/Secret Musician’s Club, 19th September

Message In A Bottle

Without Words

Pandora

I Want You Bad

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug, 20th September

Say Hello Wave Goodbye

Message In A Bottle

Without Words

Under Pressure

Jumping Jack Flash

Four Seasons In One Day

Pandora

Staying Alive

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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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Vectis Tavern Set List – 29th March 2012

I Want You Bad

Pandora

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Somebody To Love

Under Pressure

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Nelson Tavern Set List – 19th February 2012

Something About Love

I Want You Bad

Close To You (They Long To Be)

Somebody To Love

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There are places I’ll remember all my life, though some have changed

I had to go to an address I used to live at today. When I got to the road, I did a slight double take as there was a completely new building at the start of the road. I had always liked living there, it had a Festive Road from Mr Benn feel about it, but this transformation messed with my head, as though someone had got a rubber (eraser) and rubbed out my memory and replaced it with something completely alien. The feelings of melancholy, nostalgia, weird geographical confusion, were acute. Not to mention an absolutely burning desire to walk round my old flat, the only property to date that I have ever owned.

And tonight I played at the Nelson Tavern. It was a popular place to be tonight so I only did two songs, I Want You Bad and Pandora, and felt that I wasn’t really nailing the performance, although what seemed to be coming from the monitor during IWYB sounded quite sweet, and finished feeling less than satisfied. How wrong I was. I got loads of people patting me on the back, people singing along, just shows you cannot possibly gauge how people are perceiving what you’re doing. And hearty thanks to Joe, Nicki, Leo for being so friendly and especially to The Woos for good company and Shove Ha’penny – although I was robbed!

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Camden Bar Set List – 6th February 2012

I Want You Bad

Under Pressure

Something About Love

Pandora

Somebody To Love

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Camden Bar Set List – 23rd January 2012

I Want You Bad

Faith

Under Pressure

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