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Saturday 24 February 2018

Margaret’s vote of thanks

AFTER our ‘picnic’ breakfast in the hotel room we get packed up and check out just after 11am.

We stop in Dundee to pick up a few things then home to unload the gear at the studio and get some work done before getting ready for the community Burns’ supper in the local hall.

Our plan to get there a little early to set up some gear for my small part in proceedings falls a bit short, but I get things ready in a kind of a way.

We sit with some of our local pals…and there’s a good turnout. 

The programme’s packed with stuff and the haggis, neeps and tatties excellent. Some of the ‘turns’ are bit lengthy and I’m concerned that by the time I pay Parcel of Rogues and McPherson’s Lament I might have drunk just a little too much…it;s about 11.30pm when I take to the stage and manage to remember the words to everything. Phew!

Margaret does the vote of thanks and after we clear up a few of us hang out and enjoy a few drams. I think t;s after 2am when we’re dropped off home.

I unleash a couple of tunes on an unsuspecting audience

 

 

Friday 23 February 2018

Margaret remembered the merch this time!!!

THERE’S a few last minute things to do before we pack the car…

Margaret’s asked me to print tickets for tonight’s show in Aberdeen…she likes to give folks a nice ticket when they arrive and keep numbered stubs to help our records.

While they’re printing, I take the online tickets off sale, print the ticket list, do some last0minute online promo for the show then pack some merch to drop off at the post office en route to Aberdeen.

It’s after midday by the time we hit the road, but there’s no huge hurry. We stop in Perth for some lunch, drop off some bags and stuff at the hotel in Aberdeen then load in at the Blue Lamp.

The set up and soundcheck all goes to plan and we have time to nip out and get some grub before doors open.

There’s a fair rush just after doors, a slight lull in folks turning up then just before I hit the stage the place fills up nicely. There’s some familiar faces int he crowd and I have a grand time, buoyed by the enthusiasm from the audience. The Fractal AX8 lives up to…and even exceeds our – expectations.

There’s lots of chat, beer and whisky after the show.We finally load out sometime after midnight and make our way back to the hotel…

 

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