STILL not feeling 100% but I gotta pull myself together – there’s a gig tonight for FrewFest near Glasgow.
I rehearse the second part of my set that I’d missed the other day then start getting the gear ready. In between times I nip down to the shop for some rolls and see they’re running low on West Highland Way Gifts’ stock. I take an order for replenishments while I’m there.
Once the car’s packed and merch sorted there’s time for a nap then we hit the road to Renfrew.
The show is at Sammi’s Bar – a trendy pub slightly off the beaten track…and not a place that would normally have live music. That’s the point of FrewFest – to take live, original music to places and audiences that wouldn’t normally experience such a phenomenon.
Thankfully there’s a decent, raised stage area and engineer Colin (Angus) has put in a nice PA rig. The pace is busy with a young, noisy crowd and a DJ in the corner blasting out mostly dance/pop music.
The original opening act has pulled out and by chance Bartok Thins are a last minute replacement…husband and wife duo Helen and Peter are pals…although I haven’t seen them for years. Helen was singer in Ayrshire blues band The Rhymes back in the early 90s. They and first band – Summerfield Blues – often crossed paths on ‘the circuit’.
The football is still on when Bartok Thins start their set but they hold the crowd and make it an easy passage for yours truly. Not my usual kinda gig by a long chalk, but still fun…and great to catch up with old pals 🙂