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On Saturday night we returned to a venue that we last played at in September. We had fairly low expectations for the night - when we played there before the turnout was medium in size but low in energy, and our drummer plays there with his other band and generally finds that that's as good as it gets.

So we showed up with the plan to basically play, get paid, and go home. I'm first to arrive, and as I'm unloading I notice "Happy Engagement" balloons on the tables and a finger buffet in the corner. "This looks promising," I thought to myself. So we set up, sound check, play the first set. One woman actually dances during the first set! While this is not the first time that this has ever happened, we usually find that the audience doesn't tend to loosen up until a couple of pints later in the night. At the interval, a few people come up to us and pay us compliments, encouraging us to partake of the finger buffet, and I think that one woman was trying to seduce our drummer with the promise of a roast dinner.

We begin the second set and the response is fantastic. No-one's dancing in the space directly in front of us, but that's fair enough because it is rather small. However we can see people dancing further back in the room. There's a fairly drunk guy sat at the front centre table and with every song we start he's yelling in delight - you can tell that our choice of songs is right up his street. We get to the end of the night and the roaring for an encore is so loud that I worry that this is about to degenerate into a riot. We play two more songs and they're still yelling for more, even louder. But our drummer's got to work at 6am so he scrabbles for the ipod to put the playlist back on, the universal symbol of "nope, there's not going to be any more."

As we try to make our way to the patio doors to cool down, we are intercepted by almost every person on the way who wants to shake our hands and thank us. When we finally make it out into the dark midnight air, the three of us just look at each other in silence for a few seconds. "Well, " remarks our guitarist measuredly, "it's the nights like that that make it worth it, isn't it?"

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We played The Sugarmill (Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent) on Friday. It's the big local venue and for the first time in the 20 years I've been going there, the place didn't stink of fosters. Maybe I've been whining within earshot of the right people? Maybe they've contracted new cleaners? Anyway, we were supporting The Membranes. They're really nice guys and I actually like their stuff, although I wish the drummer would replace his broken cymbals, I'm sure he's getting paid enough.

We had a dep on bass, Pete the guitarist from Slice Of Life. He's done such a good job preparing for these couple of dep gigs, I'm sure he knows the songs better than us. It could be a nerve-wracking experience playing with a dep but this was super tight and loads of fun. Our gigs are a bit thin on the ground at the moment so it was brilliant to get back on stage and play the stinky poo out of my drums. 

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18 hours ago, stewblack said:

Sounds beautiful, where was the venue?

Camp House Inn in Grimley, Worcester. It’s a lovely place for small outdoor parties.

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Just played four songs at the Monday night Open Mic at The Railway in Southend, sat back down in my seat only to be unceremoniously dragged into conversation with a very drunk man who a) complained about the lack of good electronic bands in Essex, b) went on and on and on about how good Squarepusher is and finally, c) tried to get me to drink his pint which, after ignoring my gentle ‘sorry, I don’t drink’ refusals he finally tipped all over me, great.

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8 hours ago, Frank Blank said:

Just played four songs at the Monday night Open Mic at The Railway in Southend, sat back down in my seat only to be unceremoniously dragged into conversation with a very drunk man who a) complained about the lack of good electronic bands in Essex, b) went on and on and on about how good Squarepusher is and finally, c) tried to get me to drink his pint which, after ignoring my gentle ‘sorry, I don’t drink’ refusals he finally tipped all over me, great.

Justification, were it needed, for my never setting foot in the place!

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Played a new festival yesterday - Funk in the Forest near Welshpool. Unfortunately they'd only been given a licence for 500 people due to complaints from the village (on the other side of a hill and 1.5 miles away!), and we were playing at 1530, which meant we only played to 10 people!

However, PA was good, sound person was good,I was provided with an Ashdown rig that sounded very punchy indeed which meant all those unnecessary notes i play could be heard. And despite the drummer being unhappy as he had a bad chest and had to carry some stuff a couple of hundred metres, we all played well; couple of minor fluffs but nobody noticed, 5 of the audience danced about quite a lot (perhaps they'd started very early on the "Festival Spirit? Or maybe we were actually groovy? Who knows...) and we got interviewed by some fanziney podcast thing who I gave yet another false name (*) to. You've got to keep them guessing! The picture shows me doing my impression of the Incredible Melting Man...

* I went for Leonardo di Piccolo. They said I sounded very English for an Italian! 

 

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Played a new pub for us in Lichfield, very nice but tiny space to set up in. Small but keen crowd. I just took the supercompact due to space but it sounded good on its own.

 

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We were in Purley last night, not especially busy, but that was probably down to the weather as apparently all the pubs in the area were quiet.

We must've been doing something right though, as an asian lady came up during the first set and handed each of us a £10 tip, it was mid-song (Alright Now) so hard to thank her, but it was a really nice gesture - for us at least tips are very rare, but always appreciated

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4 hours ago, Leonard Smalls said:

Played a new festival yesterday - Funk in the Forest near Welshpool. Unfortunately they'd only been given a licence for 500 people due to complaints from the village (on the other side of a hill and 1.5 miles away!), and we were playing at 1530, which meant we only played to 10 people!

However, PA was good, sound person was good,I was provided with an Ashdown rig that sounded very punchy indeed which meant all those unnecessary notes i play could be heard. And despite the drummer being unhappy as he had a bad chest and had to carry some stuff a couple of hundred metres, we all played well; couple of minor fluffs but nobody noticed, 5 of the audience danced about quite a lot (perhaps they'd started very early on the "Festival Spirit? Or maybe we were actually groovy? Who knows...) and we got interviewed by some fanziney podcast thing who I gave yet another false name (*) to. You've got to keep them guessing! The picture shows me doing my impression of the Incredible Melting Man...

* I went for Leonardo di Piccolo. They said I sounded very English for an Italian! 

 

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Really, ten people?

It must be hard to summon up the enthusiasm to get up a perform.

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49 minutes ago, steantval said:

Really, ten people?

It must be hard to summon up the enthusiasm to get up a perform.

Played to that amount once. 10 people of whom 5 are engaged are a lot better to perform to than 100 who are ignoring you!

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1 hour ago, Woodinblack said:

10 people of whom 5 are engaged are a lot better to perform to than 100 who are ignoring you!

All 10 were actually engaged - just 5 of them were jumping about... One of them was extremely enthusiastic saying we were awesome and how he wanted to have my babies and everything.

Let's hope there's more folks at our next gig - though Down On The Farm is a much bigger festival; Coghlan's Quo are headlining Sunday eve and we're on in the afternoon.

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We have a boat cruze gig on Lake Michigan tonight.

Join Maple Road aboard The Vista King

Saturday Night

7/27/2019 
9pm - 11pm 
Milwaukee Boat Line 101 W Michigan St, Milwaukee

 

Blue

 

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10 hours ago, Bluewine said:

We have a boat cruze gig on Lake Michigan tonight.

Join Maple Road aboard The Vista King

Saturday Night

7/27/2019 
9pm - 11pm 
Milwaukee Boat Line 101 W Michigan St, Milwaukee

 

Blue

 

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sounds like an ideal gig,Blue.

Hope it went well mate. 

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12 hours ago, Bluewine said:

We have a boat cruze gig on Lake Michigan tonight.

Join Maple Road aboard The Vista King

Saturday Night

7/27/2019 
9pm - 11pm 
Milwaukee Boat Line 101 W Michigan St, Milwaukee

 

Blue

 

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The boat cruise was good .It was a lot of work but still fun We played 2 hours straight, no breaks. We were loud.

Our band drew over 100 people that paid $25.00 a pop to see us.

The crowd was fantastic 

Blue

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Had a gig in our regular monthly pub on Friday, and it was the first after we resumed practicing, the guitarist got an evening job so we hadn't had any practices in months, but now he has lost it. This was the first time we were going to do 'feel it still' with me singing. We learned it about 4 months ago but hadn't practiced it since so I was beginning to forget it again. When it came up to doing it we were in all the high energy songs so I was a bit nervous and said to the frontman that we should skip it, but he insisted it would go down well, so we did it and it went down very well. 

This means that all the songs I sing go down well. If I was more arrogant i would assume that means I am a good singer, luckily I know it is just because they are good songs and people are more tolerant of singing in a live band!

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Hard work last night, was dead when started, then a few more people turned up, one of which was very extroverted and dancing and of course turned into a pain in the derrière. I suspect he'd had some chemical as well as alcoholic stimulants.

Second half was better, still not a big audience, but at least an enthusiastic one

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Last night we did a 60th birthday party for the landlady of a pub we played about 3 months back, it was in a barn, on a farm, in the wild depths of South Bucks, adjoining field for car parking and camping..there were a few there :)

Hog roast and free drinks all night, nice, but 1 x 13amp power lead and no lights in the barn meant many nervous glances regarding taking out the power...but all good.

Polite, but very appreciative audience until about halfway through 2nd set, when suddenly EVERYBODY decided they wanted to dance, including the 83 year grand matron of the clan, we ended up doing a 40 min encore including many songs we had already played but no one was oiled enough to dance to 1st time round.

Absolutely brilliant night, and we got a couple of taps for future gigs as well.

Breakdown was...interesting as we had to use car headlights to illuminate the barn once we had broken down our lights, people were still dancing in a field with cows when we left...I love my life!

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1 hour ago, Oopsdabassist said:

people were still dancing in a field with cows when we left

Not the famed concrete cows?

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That's my neck of the wood Aye, but this was nearer Thame......smartypants!  😁

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What began as a jam has slowly morphed into what almost resembles a band. We still don't rehearse but we had a list of songs for yesterday's gig. Not that we played them in any particular order mind you. We basically spend the late afternoon into the early evening playing vaguely blues oriented tunes, but anything goes really (Led Zeppelin followed by Dolly Parton anyone?). Drummer kicks a cahon and rattles a few bits and pieces, outrageously good singer and a couple of guitars trading solos. 

The pub, despite not receiving our posters so no advanced advertising, was pretty quiet, but the landlord paid us. An honourable man. 

If you're ever in Pewsey buy a pint at the Royal Oak and tell him Stew sent you. People who show proper support for live music need to be cherished. 

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I have an acoustic gig tonight and full Maple Road gig tomorrow night 6:30-9:30

Blue

 

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Played at a business networking event in Oxford on Wednesday. Why? Why book a band that isn't background music for an event that exists solely for people to talk to each other?

Anyway, as was predicted, everyone went outside to continue talking whilst we played to the bar staff. 

Off to Wilderness festival today and then have a dep disco wedding set tomorrow so a nice busy weekend of music playing 😀

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1 hour ago, chaypup said:

Played at a business networking event in Oxford on Wednesday. Why? Why book a band that isn't background music for an event that exists solely for people to talk to each other?

Anyway, as was predicted, everyone went outside to continue talking whilst we played to the bar staff. 

Off to Wilderness festival today and then have a dep disco wedding set tomorrow so a nice busy weekend of music playing 😀

Sounds like a nice fun weekend, nice to be busy.

I have a triple header weekend.

Blue

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Played at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. Our biggest audience to date, not sure how many but the room holds 2500ish and there wasn’t much free space. Played well, sold a load of our new album which we released today, got loads of good comments/feedback. Think the grins say it all.

 

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