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You never know what’s going to happen at a performance until you’re standing up there doing it. For some reason, there was a real electricity in the air last night at Camden. I got up and sang and felt as though everyone was a little hooked on what I was doing. Somewhere through the second and third songs I started looking around and realised I had more or less everyone’s attention. It felt really really good. Some people were having a birthday bash at the back of the room and it looked as though they were filming part of my performance. Everyone there seemed really cool too, fellow performers and fellow drinkers, all just chilled and enjoying the night. Wish I could have stayed later.
Whereas the Nelson was a big, weird, densely populated party with several performers who seemed far too young to be singing with such anxiety in their lyrics. Big Daddy G headlined and rap-offed with Cardigan Joe to customarily hilarious effect. And Joe and friend managed to fill that all important guitar solo space in Somebody To Love for me…with kazoos!
Nelson Tavern, 9th September:
Somebody To Love
Camden, 10th September:
Something So Right
O’ Neill’s tonight. Come along!
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.
More gigs, got a possible 23 counting the 1st October (does that count? I did start on the 2nd).
Nelson Tavern on Sunday was splendid, Camden was cool, very quiet audience, quietest I think I’ve played at, very appreciative! Might have to give up the Queen for a while if I’m going to make it to the end with a voice!!
Set lists and beardy shots coming soon.