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Give it to me, I know it’s only the truth…

So, Camden again. A first – no covers, I only played my songs, including a new one. It went well. There were again awesome musicians all over the place – Drew, Dan (I think) and Gehko were a few of them.

People seemed to like the songs so that’s good.
I meant to take photos but forgot to take a camera with me.

Set List, Camden Bar, Monday 26th November 2012

Pieces Of Me

Hello Sensitive

Pandora

And on Saturday night, I saw Hope & Social play at the Winchester. It’s only the third time I’ve seen them live but it was easily as enjoyable as the others. They are a rare breed of band in that they seem to see fun and banter as an integral part of their live act and it makes for a consistently fantastic evening out. I had the best intentions of getting much more involved in their day trips and art-making and I did get as far as remixing one of their tracks but it was unsatisfactory. I shall go back to it at some point and have another go. But despite only crossing paths briefly, they remain very special to me and I urge you to see them live at least twice. Find me another band who will order their trumpet player to run, mid-song, to the corner shop for chocolate, alcohol and, ahem, adult literature to see if he can make it back before the song ends, whilst getting a member of the audience to play fill-in guitar (sorry, Si Genaro, I dropped you in it there, but you played a blinder!). An inspiring and uplifting gig, as wonderfully vibrant as the Crypt and Glastonbury ones. Simon, the lovely chap with the main vocal and usherette duties, told me that they might be returning this way. If they are I urge you to make an effort to see them.

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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 #9

So I did something I am disappointed with myself for…I didn’t make it for a gig. I’m not proud, but I had a legitimate excuse which was pure, naked exhaustion. 7.30am mornings built up to convince me it was impossible to do four gigs in a working week. I really hope I don’t miss any more.

O’ Neill’s was fun, and populated by half of Bournemouth it seemed. Si Genaro quote of the week, ‘no friends in the music business, only acquaintances.’

What was really great was when a lady called Helen, who really must be in her 70s at least, got up and sang Summertime and Crazy and other jazz standards acappella. She was definitely the star of the night.

So no Anvil on Wednesday, but I played at The Dancing Jug again tonight and I nailed it, I mean I REALLY nailed it. I don’t know how good I was or wasn’t but it felt good. I was excited to be there, Ant’s one of the nicest guys around the music venues, and pretty much all I tried to do worked. Felt buzzy afterwards. Got three drunk girls and a fab blues guitarist dancing at one point. And enjoyed lots of other music, including Plug-In Dave of whom perhaps a photo soon!

Set Lists:

O’ Neill’s – 11th September 2012

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug – 13th September 2012

Jumping Jack Flash

Just Like Heaven

Without Words

Staying Alive

Somebody To Love
Next gig, The Marine in Milford, really excited to see the place, looks pretty beautiful!

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September Sing #8

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!

 
Setlists:

Nelson Tavern, 9th September:

Somebody To Love

 

Camden, 10th September:

Something So Right

Without Words

Pandora

 

O’ Neill’s tonight. Come along!

 

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