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Blog: A Slight Reduction In Audience

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After all the excitement of the preceding week I was right looking forward to carrying on THE PARTY by heading out to distant Croydon where I was due to play one of my regular spots at Freedom Of Expression at The Oval Tavern, a lovely gig at a LOVELY pub.

When I arrived I got a pint and sat in the beer garden with Mr T Eveleigh where we discussed tactics. It was SUCH a pleasant evening that we considered doing the whole gig out there, but I did wonder whether that might be unfair on the people who'd slipped out for a quiet fag and a pint, also it might be a bit annoying for neighbours, and so it was back inside the building, an hour or so later, that i did THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • (You Make Me Feel) Soft Rock
  • I Want To Find Out How It Ends
  • That Guy
  • 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths

  • It was a CONSIDERABLY smaller audience than the last gig I'd played, consisting of Tim, the soundguy, two family members of the chap on next, two people listening and some people at the back playing darts, so I decided I might as well just do a load of NEW stuff. Which I did, including a slight tweak to the lyrics of That Guy, suggested by Mrs J Fleay, to concur with the DEMANDS of Mr & Mrs Pattison i.e. they didn't like the line "all alone, wanking in a bush" so on Joanne's suggestion i changed it to "masturbating in a skip". It seemed to work!

    The aforesaid next chap came on next (as next chaps are wont to do) and played for the ongoing delight of his VERY PROUD mother. It was lovely - every time he did one of his own songs she turned to everybody (i.e. me) and said "He wrote this you know! I'm so proud!" It was all rather moving!

    At the end it turned out that 50% of the people who were listening but were neither related to a performer nor running the night was somebody I knew from OTHER gigs, and we had a lengthy chat about Indietracks and how ACE it had been. As I strolled home I mused on the fact that I was back to doing my normal gigs again now, which are good fun, but it wouldn't half be nice to do a few more where the audience was in TRIPLE rather than SINGLE figures!

    posted 4/8/2014 by MJ Hibbett

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