Monday, 23 July 2012

So I did a little tour (part 3)

On the 30th of June a highly anticipated gig took place near Bury in the UK. Thousands attended and there was great excitement.

But up a few more miles up the road....

Sat Jun 30 2012
8:00pThe Met
Bury, BURY, UK   

Opening for Manning again - nice audience, venue almost sold out. Shook more hands - made more friends. Manning and Co were lovely again. Met up with some friends from the web and that was pretty awesome. 

What's Bury like? Like this:

Nice kebab shops. 

Lots of music fans in the streets....passing through in wellies off to see The Stone Roses. 

Epic journey there and back, i kept falling asleep. Seemed even further than the trip to Hartlepool. M1 was partly closed on the way back. Little roads and exhaustion don't mix. 

We got home safely. Thanks Kev. 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

So I did a little tour (Part 2)

Sat Jun 23 2012
8:00pLansdown Hall/formerly Th...
Gloucestershire, UK 


From the site:

"EppyFest is happening on the evening of Saturday, 23 June 2012. The event will offer a night of exciting and eclectic English music, featuring the poppy psych folk of Candythief, the loop guitar wizardry of Matt Stevens, and William D Drake & his band are headlining with their neo-classical art rock."

My friend and podcasting legend Ian from Epileptic Gibbon podcast put this together - lovely audience :) Candythief was wonderful - she does these amazing harmony things and writes great songs. 

William D Drake - listen to this it's great:

William D Drake was remarkable. One of the best things i've seen live, incredible songs, great chords.

Lovely crowd again, seats all full. Brilliant, thanks Ian. 

I found this in the hallway:

I made some new friends then me and Kev drove me home. Result.

Thu Jun 28 2012
8:00pThe Good Ship
Kilburn, UK   

Opening for Ned Evett - lovely fella. Fretless guitarist! Amazing, over from the US on tour, fretless guitar is crazy. Small crowd, but the people who did come were cool. Some Twitter friends came down which was great. Was weird playing with less audience feedback, but like i say the people who were there seemed to like it :) 

I played OK but with some technical problems (bloody dodgy lead). Malcolm Bruce also played. Great songs that fella. 

Great jukebox - loads of Big Star and FREE. I love Big Star.

Ever onward. Kilburn is a bit rough (still).


Saturday, 21 July 2012

So I did a little tour (Part 1)

I did a little tour, accompanied by my friend Kev from The Fierce And The Dead on driving duties:

Gig 1

Sat Jun 9 2012
3:00pThe studio Hartlepool

First one....

5 hour drive there, 5 hour drive back. I admit it, I didn't look at the map :) 

The gig seemed to go well, busy venue, nice crowd :) One down, 7 to go. Steve the promoter was a lovely bloke. Met up with lots of people again, DPRP types etc. A few familiar faces make a big difference. Shook a lot of hands. Sadly I missed the other bands due to driving back - we were only there a couple of hours. Torrential rain on the journey, some of the roads were flooded. Scary. 

Kev backstage:

Gig 2

Sat Jun 16 2012
8:00pThe Wesley Centre, Maltby
Rotherham, UK   

With Manning. Thanks to my friend Mel for driving me to this one. Manning have a lot of kit!

Nice crowd again - here they are:

It was a bit like playing in a lecture theatre at a school. Went down well :)

I enjoyed Manning a lot, they reminded me of ELO who i love (yes, I have the ELO box set, the 80s disk is shit thou). Lovely people. 

Nice to see Miles and the CRS crew and meet up with some facebook/forum type friends who came to the gig, I really appreciate it. Having people make the effort to see you is a massive thing, especially when they often have to travel a long way to see you. 



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