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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Saturday Night Gigs

Rob and I caught the 31 bus from Chalk Farm to Kilburn Park. April showers had begun to fall. We chatted about music and literature. After dropping off our gear at the venue, we went out for dinner at Woody's Grill. It was a hearty meal and cost less than a tenner per head.

Chris met us after dinner inside the venue. He had on him a lap steel and a couple of pedals. The night before, he and I had given the set a run through in my studio. Tonight would be the first time that Chris, Rob and I had ever played together. It was going to be fun!

The gig was attended by our friends and the other four bands. As Chris and Rob sat down on stage, I stepped up to play a couple of my own guitar pieces. We then launched into a set of new songs and two covers. I believe we worked well as a trio, and the audience response was complementary.

Rob's drums and Chris' lap steel got the public seal of approval. 

Picture taken by Maria at The Good Ship (02/04/16)

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Dan's Annual Guitar Concert 2016

It was a sunny afternoon in Primrose Hill. I waited in the library office for the audience to arrive. The radio played rock music in the background. My equipment was set up ready for the concert to begin. All I had to do was walk out, plug in and roll. The rest would be the passing of thirty-seven minutes of time. Time enough to fill a room full of questions and answers.

Conversations begun to buzz from the room outside. A variety of people had come from a variety of places. Music had brought together people from different walks of life. There were the retired ladies from the local community, waiting patiently in the front row. At the back of the seating area, several of my friends looking towards the makeshift stage. And fanning out from the centre of the seating area, a wide range of listeners connected to my work as a guitar teacher.

I looked at the music on the stand. Opened up the first page. Closed my eyes.
Picture takene by Jolene at Dan's Annual Guitar Concert 2016 (07/02/16)