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.
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!
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