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.
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.
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).