Going up the country, got to get awaaay.
Going up the country, got to get awayaay. Ah what the heck, here's Canned Heat doing it:
up to Muscle Brook! At the Muswellbrook RSL this Friday night, from 8:30, free.
Finally, someone understands what it's like to be in this band :-)
Howdy Folks. That as an exciting weekend of gigs that went really well.
For the most part.
Refer to previous blog for all the fun we had on Friday.
On Saturday we executed a brilliant gig, right up to the last song. everyone was on the vibe, the band was firing...
When we decided to do an encore however...Here's a video metaphor.
Yep, right after a great set we did a version of Canned Heats on the road again and picked the wrong key, I had to quickly shift harps only to find that my my D harp went Kaplooie and my spare was lost in the shuffle after my case went flying at the previous nights gig. Having no harp for the harp solo and being out of vocal position was a crying shame, especially after such a good show.
Quelle Horreur, as the French would say.
I still had an audience member come up and tell me that was a great rendition. Go figure.
Before that, we were on fire.
I had learned my lesson from Fridays epic harp case fail and secured that little sucker.
Cheers to Steve, Gina, Bob, our visitors from Hornsby and all the folks who joined us for the night. As promised, never a dull moment :-)
Howdy folks, it's a bit late at night for me to be blogging but that was one of those gigs that deserves a special mention.
Remember a while back, I built a new harp case (the harpmaster 3000 (C) (R) (TM) ) so that 'tired and emotional' dancers couldn't knock it over?
I normally place it on a bar stool next to me so I can quickly grab'em as needed.
Note to self.
Do not pick a stool with a convex top
Do not pick a convex top and place it on a wobbly stage
In front of the kick drum.
As physics is still a factor in our gigs, after a vigorous foot stomp...
Glass of Soda lime and bitters, harps, case, mobile phone, setlist, stage and stool, rearranged themselves.
The audience had a collective intake of breath as my s--t went everywhere. They marveled as we just plowed ahead with the song. Not the first time this has happened. No problem. Did I learn my lesson?
2nd time was predictable but at least I didn't have a drink. Anymore (refer to pic above?)
Luckily the glass hadn't broken.
Some very kind audience members picked up my harps and brought me a new stool with a back on it.
Also with a convex top. I tired to explain but what the heck and it all seemed to be going well for the first ...oh no...not again
Luckily the 4th time it happened it just got wedged between the Drumkit and the stool. besides which, I had a C harp in my hand and that's all I needed for the last song anyway.
I am the victim of my own logic fail. It was a completely Basil Fawlty moment and the audience were very tolerant of us continuing on with the songs whilst harmonicas randomly sailed through the air in front of them. Occasionally.
Cheers to Rosie for the pic.
Before I lost my @%^&# I took some pics of the gig
Matt has a new desk. It has an iPad so he can wander out the front to mix. It is neat.
See wobbly stage?
Happy birthdays Anna
Dru Chen had a great voice, Sam Jooles and his band played some very laid back stuff.
How Laid Back?
We interrupted the poor lass's nap with Suit Yourself, followed by Dirty work and then punctuated our set with flying harmonicas. I doubt anyone will forget that set quickly.
Cheers to Rex, Chris, Anna, John, Dave and all the folks who spent the evening with us and still gave us such a wonderful reception. We sold so many Cd's at the end I am thinking of throwing my harps around at every gig. Maybe it's a thing.
At the lakes tomorrow night, come along, it's never dull!
Up at the Lakes Hotel tonight from 8:30pm!
'Cellar Session #8 is being postponed until next week whilst we examine our environmental impact on the local area.
We're so keen to be neighbourly we've made this helpful poster!
Stay tuned for further updates!