A brilliant night all round!
This was a gig for the launch of the Indelicates new album, and a rare acoustic gig for my band.
I'd been in two minds about whether to play it acoustic for a while, but then I remembered how many stairs I would have to carry four guitar amps up, and that was that. I decided to play as Keith Top of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band (Folk Edition)
Arrived a bit early, had a few pints with Dave Hughes & The Renegade Folk Punk Band (The Only Band To HaveTheir Name Correct On The Sign)
Which may have been why I forgot the first line to at least three of my songs later on.
When I say acoustic gig, I mean acoustic gig. None of this "plugging acoustic guitars in" nonsense.
There were still 8 of us though
Although there was a vocal mic, which meant everything else was a bit quiet. I asked the sound guy to turn it off, but settled for moving one of the other mics onto my guitar. Not for vanity reasons you understand, but so the rest of the band could hear where in the song we were. I am a kind boss.
The odd thing about acoustic gigs for my band is when I don't have to be heard above a wall of electric guitars I get to actually sing rather than shout in tune. which then means I get a lot of people who have seen us before coming up and saying "You can actually sing!" which is always nice.
Multi Instrumentalist Charley Stone played violin on a few of the songs, which sounded great and was apparently the first live outing for the violin since she was in school. Muscle memory, never fails.
There were singalong bits from the crowd, foot stamping to replace the drums, I got covered in glitter from my new guitar strap, and it was just an awesome gig. I might do more like it
The crowd were generally ace, Dave Hughes & The Renegade Folk Punk Band, started a song with "This has a singalong bit if you want to join in" and then seemed genuinely shocked and happy when people actually did.
Then the Indelicates played, and it was one of my favourite gigs I've seen them play, and I've seen them play a lot. Technically, I used to be in The Indelicates (Touring Rhythm Guitarist, Reading Chords Off Bits Of Paper While Playing, Drinking The Rider, Flying To Berlin To Add Handclaps To An Album) I love them.
There is a photo here http://www.flickr.com/photos/aguichard/8683527399/in/set-72157633343738401 but The Internet isn't letting me steal it.
Me - Acoustic Guitar, Singing, Forgetting Some Words
Micky Ciccone - Fancy New Acoustic Guitar, Singing,
Charley Stone - Acoustic Guitar, Singing, Violin Without A Chin Rest (They're Unnecessary), Violin Solos
David Barnett - Acoustic Guitar, Singing, Breaking The Same String As Last Time
Simon Indelicate - Acoustic Guitar, Being In The Awesome Indelicates
Melissa - Muted Trumpet That You Could Actually Hear!, Hiding At The Back, Forcing Gin On Micky
Sara - Musical Saw, THAT YOU COULD ACTUALLY HEAR!!
Emma - Flute