An absolutely smashing gig last night at “Batefest!” for Shaun and Linda Bateman’s joint 60th (whoops! That’s given it away…) party. We took the decision to play indoors as the weather was mixed through the day, so set up in the generous living room and the party commenced! With instructions to “not worry about the volume too much unless the windows fall out” we nevertheless kept it sensible but fully electric rather than acoustic including proper drum kit and all the trimmings. We were made very welcome with free beer (thoughtfully including Guinness for Rob and Dave): great night, great crowd of lovely people, hot, lively, friendly and fun. Couldn’t ask for more. While Rob and Dave took a break, Chris and I supported the lovely Jacquie Young on vocals (she was terrific, too) for a few numbers alongside her husband Graham on electric guitar and another Chris on acoustic guitar and vocals, then Shaun “Alex Harvey” Bateman took to the stage with his mates Terry on drums and Neil on bass with Graham helping out on guitar too. Not an experience ever to be forgotten by those of us who were fortunate enough witness it! We than had Karen on a lovely 1950’s Gibson F-hole guitar for a couple of songs – lovely guitar and nice playing too. We returned for a second storming set which really got everyone moving and grooving: that lovely feedback loop thing which is fantastic. We played well, you loved it, we played better you loved it more. Thanks all of you for turning it into a really special night, thanks to Shaun and Linda for having us: it really was a pleasure.
Two new gigs in the diary, a new venue on the 31st of August, The Spotted Cow in Angmering: really looking forward to that one, and a return to The glorious Battle of Trafalgar in Portslade just before Christmas. Should be a belter!
Next up for us is a return to The Hoff! This coming Saturday we’re back a this great music venue in the heart of Bognor, The Hothampton Arms. Come along and see us, bring a fiver and take us home on CD!
For details of these and all our gigs, see guess what – oh yeah, baby! – the Gig guide!