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Blog: The First Gig Of The Year

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It seems an AGE since I last did an Actual Non-Aligned (to shows or Totally Acoustic) Normal Gig - in fact, having just checked, it's nearly TWO MONTHS ago, when me and Gav did our tour - so I was a bit out of practice as I headed off to SHEFFIELD on Saturday. How many SHIRTS would I need? Where was my Travel Toothbrush? What is the correct amount of PUZZLES to pack?

I was heading that way because I'd been asked to play at Ms C Draper's BIRTHDAY party, along with my good chum Mr P Green. The venue was the Blue Moon Cafe, which turned out to a) be very handy for the Ibis b) feature AMAZING food and c) have fantastic acoustics. It also contained lots of delightful people including the aforementioned Pete Green and Ms C Blake, who shared their fantastic Family Expansion Plans - hoorah!

I spent quite a large part of the evening talking SHOP with Pete, which is ALWAYS excellent, and becoming increasingly tiddly on BEER. A jazz band was playing for the first section of the evening, but soon it was time for PUNK ROCK. Pete stood up and, having decided to DISREGARD conventional stages and/or amplification did the show right THERE, which was GRATE except that he was stood right next to me AND both our bags, so I had to very very gently move myself and all the bags around and AWAY from him while he was playing. Other than that he was ACE, as ever, and left me quite a bit to FOLLOW, which I did thusly:

  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • (You Make Me Feel) Soft Rock
  • That Guy
  • 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • It seemed to go OK and I must admit I had an INORDINATE amount of fun. As Pete had discovered during his set, the acoustics were FANTASTIC for singing into and I had a RIGHT old bellow!

    Afterwards there was some more grub, an amazing TRUMPETER, and some more booze, and I wobbled off into the night happy with how the first gig of the year had gone, and ready for MORE!

    posted 4/2/2015 by MJ Hibbett

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    Huge thanks to MJH and Mr P Green from the hostess of aforementioned party! The music went down great with the punters, I think you may have acquired a few groupies....
    posted 6/2/2015 by Cath Draper

    Lovely stuff! And so true about the acoustics. I might play every gig there from now on!
    posted 6/2/2015 by Pete Green

    A great night, although Pete's been moaning that I've been singing your songs all week and not his :)
    posted 6/2/2015 by Claudia Blake

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