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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Do you speak German?

I love Germany.

I played a couple of gigs there last weekend. It was a stupidly long way to go for two gigs, but that was the situation I'd managed to manufacture.

Andee and Leigh were on board and a newly refreshed set had been polished up including some old favourites (Bodies in the Way / Backwards Man) and some brand new songs (No Going Back / Skill and Chance).

We played in the Stuttgart area in Backnang (it's an odd name for a German town apparently, no-one knows where it came from) and Lauffen am Neckar in the heart of the Neckar Valley wine-producing region.

Two Irish bars (An Sibin and The Phoenix Pub), two pairs of lovely bar patrons (Claudia & Thanasi, Birgit & Klaus), two great pubs and two great gigs.

We're going back next year to open for the Lauffen festival on 14th July. How lovely.

We got reviewed. Can you tranlate this? Tell me what it says (I think it's kind).

The headline is Frostige Träume, magische Höhlen und erbärmliche Lieder. The rest of the text is in the link.

(Btw, I'm blessed with great travelling (and playing) companions. Good on you A & L.)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

House Concert Montage

How does a singer-songwriter who is less than famous sell himself in these straightened times? Well, he prevails upon willing friends, gets them to make a video of a concert and then hits on the idea of making a 'best bits' montage of it to give promoters a taste of his live performance in the optimistic hope that this will improve his chances of filling his gigs diary.

You have to have faith.

Here it is. Tell me what you think of the video and of the general idea. And send it on to friends. Spread the word!