Monday 16th January 2012

The Jolly Anglers, Reading RG1 3EA

open-mic hosted by Tony Brown

"Not a Hope in Hell"

Well, that was a bit of a kick up the backside! Who'd have thought I'd now forget bits of Cold Heart? Or not even be able to remember the third line of American Pie? And wait for the irony here (in more ways than one): not even be able to start It's Just Not There?

I tell you when it happens, it feels like like I'm crossing the Grand Canyon and can't find a bridge i.e. probably not a hope in hell in actually remembering what I need. Of course it doesn't help that everyone is watching you. I think I know what caused the problem: learning two new songs beforehand thinking I'd got everything sussed for the evening. I don't know if anybody else has found a similar situation but perhaps it muddies the brain trying to learn something so close to playing? And guess what - I bottled playing one of the new songs too. What a fool.

No matter, though it was all a bit ropey, I got some very nice compliments from The Dancers. And also actually a very nice compliment about the "At The Water's Edge" CD too. And then to cap it all the offer of a gig. Hardly slashing wrists time (yet).

My Set:

Cold Heart

Get Up!

Last Night I Saw You Standing There

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Joanne Kelly / Strawberry Sundae Radio Show

Reading DJ Joanne wrote a very nice review of a gig I did in 2012 and has played Something Wild quite a few times on her Strawberry Sunday Radio show. Later in the year I had a great interview with her which can be found here, the success of which I think was largely due to the obvious background work she did in preparation for the interview.

Understandably I'm biased because Joanne has been so favourable but I do think she does a great show if you like indie rock, hearing about upcoming bands and a lot more more besides. Strawberry Sundae is on every Sunday at 7pm for two hours. More details can be found here.