April 15th 2003, Doors: 7.00pm, Show: 8:30
Battersea Barge Nine Elms Lane
London SW8 59Z
In the afternoon I work on acoustic patches on the VG88 prior to the Jeays gig at the Barge this evening. It goes a lot better than it has previously, particularly when I back off the sensitivity of the RMC pickup. So that’s how I’ll do it until I have another cock-and-bull notion.
This takes a lot longer than I thought it would, so I blag lift from aged P, which allows me to take my nylon-string guitar along for my own set.
I arrive and set up, and we have something of a sound-check (considering the current lack of Jezza in the mix), then I take my guitar up and try to warm up.
As well as the various Jeays audience-members, Denise and Terry have come along, Phil H makes it (straight off the train from Paris!) and has brought along a friend as well (whose name I didn’t properly catch, so sorry… if you email me, I’ll insert the name later on, if you like).
My set is something of a triumph, if I say so myself. Largely this is to do with the enthusiasm of the audience rather than anything I do. I do falter after about twenty minutes, I notice – I become unfocused and flustered and essay a less-than-perfect version of Secret Agent. This is something I need to work on (the unfocusing rather than the song).
After me, there’s a set from Geoff (also very fine and warmly received by the audience) and then a break.
The Jeays set goes very well indeed as well. General vindication for the VG88 setup – the acoustic sounds sound very acoustic, the bass sounds very bassy. I pluck a 12-string patch out of the air for October.
So a grin-tastic evening all round.