Joules Yard, July 21st 2011

Ming, Mark, and Jon ventured out for our first drop-in acoustic slot at Steve Rothero’s well-established Harborough Acoustic Sessions at Joules Yard in Market Harborough.  What a lovely outdoor venue, with equally lovely artists and audience!  Even local talent Misterlee dropped by to exchange hugs, share a pint, and charm us with his amber-tinted aviator glasses.  As an act, we were warmly and generously received, but it was a shame we hadn’t prepared more songs with flugel, as those present were so enthusiastic about the flugel part on “At Last We Understand Each Other”.  I did feel a bit guilty going back on for the second set with only vocals and guitar on offer, but next time we’ll be better prepared, and Jon will remember to bring a flannel with which to warm up his brass.

Three for the Price of One (Support Slot at the Musician, July 14th 2011)

We supported local outfit Joel Owen and the Antoine Band, plus singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, at the Musician; we were the thorns between roses, the the jam in the sandwich, the pride that goeth before a fall.  We enjoyed ourselves immensely and admired Declan’s creative CD packaging afterwards.

The Donkey Song Club – July 7th 2011

Ming, Jon, and Mark played at Gaz Birtles’ Song Club at the Donkey in Leicester, along with singer-songwriters David Parkin and Daisy B.  Mark was supposed to do a solo slot as well, but he lost his voice somewhere back in the countryside (he and faithful hound Poppy have since checked the hedgerows and, I believe, retrieved the little rascal).