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Swampgrass tour hits the half way mark.
It’s been a great first week and a bit of the Swampgrass tour. We’ve played some new venues, some familiar venues and there have been friends new and old along to have a bit of a boogie. The Platform Tavern in Southampton was a great gig to start with and the follow up at The Anchor in Cowes kept the vibe going. The Anchor is a new venue for us and it’s a brilliant place. Staff were amazing from the outset, the room is brilliant and the crowd were very keen to party down all night.
Tuesday found us in Coulsdon for the Tuesday night music club, a blues club run by Richard Dunning. We have joined a long list of very fine performers to play the club and the people were extremely welcoming and very appreciative. It’s a lovely weekly event (alternate venues each week) and the whole setup from the sound (by Simon at EQaudio – excellent) to the layout of the room was just really fabulous. One thing a band loves seeing at gigs are photographers and at the Tuesday night music club every table seemed to have a photographer happily snapping away. Check out Facebook to see some examples.
Midweek Shows – The Party continues!
After the seven hour round trip to Coulsdon on Tuesday we were quite happy for a little run to Frome to play the Roots Sessions at the Grain Bar in the Cheese and grain. Like the previous night this was more of a listening rather than dancing crowd and the appreciation from the crowd was amazing. Just a really lovely vibe and everyone was really up for talking about blues favourites, great gigs they’ve been too and just generally about music. Like the Tuesday Night Music Club the Roots Sessions crowd was very knowledgable and had a real love for the music. You’d happily play it every week! Thanks to Dom and the team for making us so welcome.
The Old Duke. It’s a Thursday and you’re surrounded by grooving, clapping and singing smiley people who just want to have fun. You are definitely at The Old Duke in Bristol. It’s a pub with a great live music tradition and we are more than a little stoked to have been asked to play there. If you’re in Bristol any night of the week and you want some live music you cannot go past the Old Duke. Go there now!
You have to love a venue with a really mixed range of ages and cultures and the Old Duke delivers. One told our guitarist he thought he was the reincarnation of Roy Buchanan. There is just about no greater compliment and much hugging followed!
Friday night saw us at Cafe Rene in Gloucester for an 11pm start. Another wonderful welcome by the staff who were both musical, friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. We really have loved every venue on the tour and Cafe Rene kept up the love. People everywhere, some of the craziest dancing you’ll see and people who went out of their way to come up at the end and point out the parts of the gig they enjoyed the most. Dru attracted a lot of attention from drum enthusiasts and had played out of his skin. Even after working all day and having about 3 hours sleep all week. Also great to catch up with Andy Cambridge who moved up to Gloucester a few years ago and used to play in a band with Sharon and Brad.
The Hawthorns in Glastonbury is our home away from home and with the Help of fine sound man and all round tech enthusiast Dan Poole (not to mention epic drummer) we played projections behind us and had a great sound all night – no easy feat in a small room (with a loud band). The projections were great fun and the crowd came out to celebrate landlord Simon Sturt’s 13th year of running the pub. A top effort and the pub is now a top class venue for all kinds of live music.
Where to next?
Very pleased to be playing five brand new venues for us for the rest of the tour. If you’re anywhere near the venues below please do come along and have a chat and a beer.
Tuesday April 4th – Bristol Blues Club. Downend Tavern, Downend.
Thursday April 6th – The Shed. Leicester
Friday April 7th – The Blues Bar. Harrogate
Saturday April 8th – Duck n Drake. Leeds.
Sunday April 9th – Elme Hall Rock & Blues Club. Elmhall.
Here’s a little gallery of shenanigans so far: