The Virtually Acoustic Club

March 28th 2016, 21:30

The Library

235 Upper Street
London N1 1RU

Back at the VAC. Not much to say that’s not been said before – lovely clear sound, and friendly, attentive audience. It’s home, basically, wherever it is.

All Fall Down
The Rest of Our Lives

Stage Door Open Mic

March 27th 2016, 20:30

The Stage Door

28-30 Webber Street
Waterloo
London, SE1 8QA

Writing this the following Friday, I’m slightly surprised that I played these particular songs, though perhaps I shouldn’t admit that as it suggests a certain lack of attention. It was a quiet night (probably because it was Easter Sunday, and most people had some important digestion to get out of the way), so we got to go around twice, and do loads of songs.

Nice, anyway. I’d prefer to play later to the people who stick around rather than earlier to a bunch of folks who are just waiting to do their song and bugger off. Gosh. Isn’t that mean-spirited of me? Well, I don’t know that I mind them doing that, it just means they’re a less focused audience. But the audience tonight were definitely the persistent, attentive type, so hooray!

Gravity
Learning to Crash
***
Shame
River Rise
My Bumper Book of Lies

Arch 1

March 11th 2106, 20:30

Arch1

Unit 1, West Ham Arches
Cranberry Lane
London E16 4BJ

Quiet, but also quietly marvellous evening. I managed to forget to do The Rest of Our Lives, but I don’t suppose it mattered. As I played first I got to drink beer and enjoy Kate Thomas and Dr Blue. Hurrah! Definitely one of my favourite venues.

Aerodynamics
All Fall Down
Gravity
Iodine
Learning to Crash
My Bumper Book of Lies
River Rise
Shame
Horse Bagatelle / 100 Horses

Virtually Acoustic Club

February 9th 2016, 20:00

The Library

235 Upper Street
London N1 1RU

Aerodynamics
All Fall Down
Gravity
Iodine
Learning to Crash
My Bumper Book of Lies
River Rise
Shame
The Rest of Our Lives

Captain Big Dog Presents…

September 13th 2015, 18:30

The Finsbury

336 Green Lanes
London, N4 1BY

Yay! Marvellous evening on a very high stage! Hosted by Ben Kelly of Cook and the Case and various other operations. I got a free beer out of it and discovered an exciting new way of pouring it.

All Fall Down
Gravity
Iodine
Learning to Crash
River Rise
Sem Nome
Shame
The Rest of Our Lives

Prime Jam

August 14th 2015, 20:00

Arch1

Unit 1, West Ham Arches
Cranberry Lane
London E16 4BJ

Second appearance at this marvellously eclectic evening in a wonderful subterranean venue in East London. This is being written a month later, so some of the details have escaped my rotting brain, but I had a wonderful time.

Shame
River Rise
My Bumper Book of Lies

Prime Jam

April 10th 2015, 20:00

Arch1

Unit 1, West Ham Arches
Cranberry Lane
London E16 4BJ

Invited to do this gig by recommendation from the Top of the Horse and Stables gig, I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be a marvellous, diverse night of varied performances and I had a wonderful time, despite being called out (quite properly) on my footwear, a lapse I’ve since addressed.

Aerodynamics
Learning to Crash
The Rest of Our Lives

Top of the Horse & Stables

February 17th 2015, Doors open: 19:30

The Horse & Stables

122 - 124 Westminster Bridge Road
Waterloo, London SE1 7RW

Writing months after the event, and the gig coming at quite a tricky time, for reasons I’m not going to go into, it was a very special evening. A wonderful gig, on an excellent bill, even if the everything else outside the world of gig was a bit challenging.

Aerodynamics
Gravity
Home
Iodine
Learning to Crash
My Bumper Book of Lies
River Rise
Shame
The Rest of Our Lives

Virtually Acoustic Club

January 19th 2015, 22:00

The Library

235 Upper Street
London N1 1RU

Thought I might try adding open mics I’ve done as I did them. Back at the marvellous VAC (I’m a bit remiss in attending, I must admit). Very packed night, very high quality of performer. Interesting to see how Care goes – I’m a bit out of practise on it, so it’s just below the threshold of being able to play without thinking about it, and I’m not absolutely sure I’ll get all the bits right (particularly the instrumental section), and do miss several important bits. On the other hand the vocal is a lot looser, which I quite enjoy, and letting it breathe a bit more (at the risk of dropping into it just being a mess) makes it come more alive, unsurprisingly. Strange though, how things which are unsurprising aren’t obvious until they happen.

Shame is similarly a bit messy, but benefits less from it (partly because it’s a more uptempo song which needs the regimentation). On the whole, it feels good, though, just a bit out of focus (for me). I want to keep both songs in the pool of currently available songs, though and prescribe a bit of metronome practise on the guitar parts just to get them back into the automatic zone.

Care
Shame

Gigaholics

January 15th 2015, 20:00

The Harrison Bar

28 Harrison Street
London
WC1H 8JF

Lovely show, with The Children, O’Bui & Thorne and gig organiser Kath Tait also on at various times. Another occasion where I had to add songs to my setlist to get up to time – I wonder if it’s my unconscious trying to tell me something. In a cellar, which seems to be my natural habitat. Perhaps I’m a mole.

Aerodynamics
All Fall Down
Learning to Crash
The Rest of Our Lives
Sem Nome
River Rise
My Bumper Book of Lies
Gravity
Iodine