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A Very Short Survivor’s Guide to Doing 22 Gigs in 30 Days

So yes, I got through it. I enjoyed it. I felt a great sense of achievement. And I learnt a few things:

1. If you have a day job…

…be prepared to get really busy. Giving up sleep is an option I considered but didn’t go with. Well, not all the time.

2. There’s loads of great music about.

Lots of people did a cover or two but I found myself surprised at how much great original music is out there that no one gets to hear. I may have to attempt to remedy this!

3. Get up and play and good things happen.

Really, if you’re thinking about getting out there, do it! I found a lot of things happened that I wasn’t expecting or anticipating and they wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been there playing live. Meeting people, getting more gigs, hearing great performers, networking (I hate that word, let’s call it umbrellaring for evermore).

4. You get better.

An obvious thing but again it didn’t occur to me. I started the month feeling all kinds of excitement and anticipation about the noise I was making and a month later noticed and was told by others how much I’d improved.

I had wanted to do a number of gigs for a while, I wanted to do something that felt like an achievement. I wanted to get out there among other musicians. I had many nights when I felt that fear just before walking out the door. The unknown, the panic of having to stand in front of others. But there were people who always welcomed me: Tim, Ant, Leighton, Annie, Cardigan Joe, Big Daddy G, Lauren, Si and Sarge, and amazing musicians all over the place, Ant, Clyde, Chris, Mark, Nick, Tim, Palooka (I think that’s their name), Jones’s Blues Trio, Dave, Plug-In Dave, Leo, Leo, Tom, Kimari Raven, Nicky, Alice, Helen, who I found out is at quite an admirable age and still singing her heart out, and people who I remember but have no idea what their names were, the guy who looked like Dave Grohl at Secret Musican’s, the beatboxer and friend at last week’s Camden who did a spectacular version of Milkshake by Kelis, the guy who did a smiley Kinks cover, the young trio whose lady singer sounded very Fairport Convention at The Thomas Tripp, Ben and Ben, also at the Tripp and just loads more. They all made my ‘quest’ (© Leighton and Annie) twice as memorable and I thank them all heartily.

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September Sing Set Lists

Nelson Tavern, Sunday 2nd September

Without Words

Pandora

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

Camden, Ashley Cross, Monday 3rd September

Without Words

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

O’ Neill’s, Tuesday 4th September

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

Chaplin’s, Wednesday 5th September

Without Words

Pandora

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug, Thursday 6th September

Without Words

Just Like Heaven

Pandora

The Sweetest Thing

Somebody To Love

Nelson Tavern, Sunday 9th September

Somebody To Love

Camden, Monday 10th September

Something So Right

Without Words

Pandora

O’ Neill’s, Tuesday 11th September

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug, Thursday 13th September

Jumping Jack Flash

Just Like Heaven

Without Words

Staying Alive

Somebody To Love

The Marine, Saturday 15th September

Jumping Jack Flash

Without Words

Pandora

Staying Alive

Somebody To Love

Nelson Tavern, Sunday 16th September

Staying Alive

Without Words

Camden, Monday 17th September

I Want You Bad

Pandora

O’ Neill’s, Tuesday 18th September

Without Words

Pandora

Somebody To Love

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

Message In A Bottle

Without Words

Pandora

I Want You Bad

Somebody To Love

Dancing Jug, Thursday 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

Nelson Tavern, Sunday 23rd September

Without Words

Pandora

Message In A Bottle

Camden Bar, Monday 24th September

Message In A Bottle

Without Words

Somebody To Love

Thomas Tripp, Tuesday 25th September

Without Words

Hello Sensitive

Somebody To Love

Secret Musician’s Club, Wednesday 26th September

Without Words

Hello Sensitive

Message In A Bottle

Roxanne

Staying Alive

Pandora

Dancing Jug, Thursday 27th September

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Roxanne

Without Words

Pandora

Message In A Bottle

Under Pressure

Nelson Tavern, Sunday 30th September

Pandora

Staying Alive

Without Words

Message In A Bottle

Camden Bar, Monday 1st October

Without Words

Staying Alive

Hello Sensitive

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September Sing #16

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September Sing #14

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September Sing #7

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September Sing #4

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.

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September Sing #1

Ok, here are the first three gigs, if anyone knows of other places to play, please let me know. Cheers, more coming very soon!

 

 

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