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A stroll, a train, and then a confused, slightly lost and rather longer stroll and I was at the CB2 bar in Cambridge last night, once more to play at The Living Room, the regular acoustical club. I arrived to find the first band soundchecking, and very lovely they sounded too, doing loads of cover versions and making stuff up and generally being rather NICE. I popped outside to speak to my Mum on the phone, and got some news about my Nan, who's not very well at all right now, so spent much of the rest of the evening a bit worried about her.

Thus I was a bit distracted for much of the rest of the evening, which at least meant I wasn't getting afeared about the GIG, or the general lack of people there. It was a lovely evening, the students had gone home, and the FOOTBALL was on - even half of the bands who were meant to be playing hadn't turned up! Thus the first band just stayed on stage after soundcheck and had a bit of a singalong, which was lovely and actually quite a bit more fun than when they started their set proper and got all Serious with their own songs.

Phil the promoter had actually suggested they didn't bother using the PA, and it would have been more friendly if they hadn't, so I decided to have a go that way myself, and was REALLY glad I did. There were a few more people there, including Kat our ACE PRESS PLUGGER, but still few enough to enable me to BELLOW and be heard, and this is what I played:
  • Better Things To Do
  • Dino At The Sands
  • It Only Works Because You're Here
  • The Fight For History
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Back For Good
  • The Peterborough All-Saints' Wide Game Team (Group B)
  • I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it, I cheered myself up NO END - you might be able to tell this from the fact that I played "Back For Good" halfway through. I was talking about Take That to do with "The Lesson Of The Smiths", as is my wont, then said "And now a cover version", intending to have another crack at "Everybody's Talkin'" but as somebody shouted for "Back For Good" i thought I might as well. It was a PLUCKY ATTEMPT, i think that is the kindest way to put it. The whole set was very CHATTY though and, as I said, very much fun for ME at least.

    That done I had to pretty much FLY off straight away, thus missing the singer who'd originally meant to be on before me, so I could catch my TRAIN... and also so I could visit the Marks & Spencer Simply Food at Cambridge station for some NICE TEA. It was a very nice tea INDEED.

    posted 23/6/2006 by MJ Hibbett

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