The last couple of weeks have been a bit hectic for us, one gig last week plus two gigs this weekend with rehearsals in between to learn a couple of requests for one of them, a street party gig with a dep drummer. Amongst all of this, Dave is settling in really well and we were mad keen to get out and play!
We started with a return to the recently reopened Ranelagh in Brighton a week ago last Friday. A technical issue meant we were late on so we decided to play straight through with no break which really kept the atmosphere going. A reasonable crowd, swelled considerably at one point by a group of revellers dressed as Morris Men. A quite surreal scene watching umpteen Morris Men grooving to some funky blues – one I certainly won’t forget in a hurry. Whoever you were chaps, thanks for entertaining us! Stella is doing her best to regenerate the music scene at The Ranelagh: the Blues Jam is back on the last Sunday of the month and we’re back here on the 3rd of November so let’s all support her and make it a great place for the blues in Brighton again. It’s the people that make the place and make the gigs worthwhile so come along and support live music: bring your friends and help make it the venue you all want it to be.
Two gigs this weekend – Friday saw a return to the Hothampton Arms in Bognor which we were really looking forward to as it’s such a nice place to play. They’ve gone to a lot of trouble to create a great stage area and integrate live music into the venue which makes it a treat to play here. It was also one of the bands most loyal followers last gig for a while as he’s moving to Austria – thanks for all your support over the years James, we’re going to really miss you. It won’t be the same looking out and not seeing you there (and having to carry all the gear ourselves in the future!). Good luck in Austria, you are now our official European tour agent so get cracking! We’ll be back at The Hoff next year.
Last night was the second gig of the weekend and what a fantastic night it was. A street party in Brighton so an open-air gig which had us crossing our fingers all week about the weather. We needn’t have worried, it was a lovely warm (for September) night without a hint of rain. Rob even got to turn his Fender Bassman up above 2 for a change! Lovely people who made us very welcome with food and beer then danced all night – especially Kate who was dancing shoe-less in the road from the beginning to the end. A big thanks to George who booked us and sat in on keys for a couple of songs (it was a pleasure, George great playing!), to Yoko for letting us use her garage for power and her facilities(!) and to Pete O’Connell who helped us out on drums for the night. Same time next year George?
Now for the sad news. Our two gigs later this year at The Lamb in Lewes have been cancelled, a real shame as the last one was an absolute blast with a great crowd. Sam and Declan have been unable to secure a long term deal at the pub which is now closed again for refurbishment. When it re-opens it will be as a specialist Gin bar and there are no current plans for any live music at the venue in the future. With more venues closing it becomes more and more important to support those places that still want to promote live music. Come and support it or lose it folks, as when it’s gone, it’s probably gone for good.
We’re at Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove next Friday: our semi acoustic line up which is always a pleasure. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere in an intimate venue with a charm which is all it’s own.