Hope you had a really good Easter, filled with fun and chocolate! Along with eating my fair share of Easter Eggs I also had plenty of musical stuff to keep me busy, kicking off with three surprise gigs with local band The Cadence.
They needed a bass player over the Easter weekend and asked me if I could help out, which I was definitely up for doing as I’ve not played bass in bloomin ages and Martha (my Musicman) was also very exciting to be heading outside of my studio walls.
I was presented with around 70 tunes to mull over, a few of them I knew from my function band days. We didn’t have time for a rehearsal, so the first gig we played was the first time we’d played together. But hey, I love being thrown in at the deep end and there was plenty of blagging involved!
All three gigs were really good fun and they are a super lovely bunch of people who really give every single gig their all.
I did, however, suffer a little bit of an injury, mainly due to me not playing bass that often these days…
Next up was my CD launch party. This was the first proper online gig we’d set up where peeps could log on from anywhere in the world and watch. We’d invited a small little gaggle of lovely people to be there in person to help create a bit of real gig vibe. We decided to hold the launch at Burrow Farm where they have the most amazing converted barn that has beautiful acoustics.
To stream the show to the online world I used a wonderful website called Stageit (which I’m ever so slightly addicted to) and it was amazing to have a virtual audience made up of people from Poland, Germany, USA and the UK.
The show went on longer than expected as we were having so much fun. I played two 50 minute sets and both the peeps who came online and our little rent-a-crowd audience were real super stars. If you managed to log on and be a part of it I owe you a massive thank you
I’ll be wading through the footage over the next few days and will be uploading some highlights to check out.
At the launch party we did (in a jokey fashion) discuss a 90s night, where I could attempt various cheesy tunes armed with acoustical instruments. And… well… I’ve booked the space at Burrow Farm and in a few weeks time I will be attempting to play songs from my youth (and probably make a bit of a tit out of myself in the process lol).
Rather worryingly it seems to be proving really popular, as I created the show this morning and there are only 12 tickets left! So if you fancy checking it out here’s the link.
So now I’ve got to spend my evenings listening to tracks from the likes of 2 Unlimited and Snap in order to figure out how on earth I’m going to play them acoustically… got any suggestions for 90s night? Send em on over, I’m always up for a challenge!