Wednesday 27 July 2016

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First show of the day at Versa in the town centre...

First show of the day at Versus in the town centre…

WE’RE up in time for breakfast at the yacht club….watermelon, cheese, cold meat, bread and lots of coffee. 

The temperature’s through the roof again today and I have two shows. One at 3pm at Versus, then a main stage show at the yacht club tonight.

Luckily we were able to leave the gear and merch at Versus after last night’s show so we don’t have to carry anything in the heat. We have lunch and watch the opening acts then I take the stage for a 45-minute set, trying to play a different set from the one I played last night.

I hadn’t been expecting many folks at a mid-week afternoon show and although not as busy as last night, the place is still full and I have a great show. I’m soaked through, though – we get a cab back to the yacht club for a cold shower and hang my clothes up to dry (hopefully) in time for tonight’s show.

We chill for the rest of the afternoon then meet our pal Martin for dinner while the yacht club main stage is rigged for the show. There’s just myself and a local support act tonight – the ‘big’ show is tomorrow (Thursday) night.

We’d hoped to have dinner in the restaurant, but the place is so busy there’s no chance of eating before I play at 10pm! There’s a pizza/fast food place at the yacht club too so we order there….Margaret’s fish and chips turns out to be two fish fingers but then,m what can you expect for €4. My veggie pizza is kinda bizarre…a cheese-fest topped with a few slices of red peppers and at least half a jar of pickled onions. Pickles onions? On a pizza? Yup!

The support act is possibly the weirdest support act I’ve ever had, but they warm up the crowd then I get ready. That’s when the festival folks realised they forgot to set up any lights, so they hastily rig some lights while I set up gear  – not sure which is worse – playing in the dark, or having the lights cook me alive and attract what seems to be every mosquito within miles of the place. I’m hot, sweaty and bitten to fuck – but the crowd’s great and the whisky dulls the pain.

...and then the main stage at the yacht club :-)

…and then the main stage at the yacht club 🙂

Tuesday 26 July 2016

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On stage at Versus, Parnu...blues fest underway!

On stage at Versus, Parnu…blues fest underway!

WE’RE pretty gubbed when we wake up…and we’ve slept in a bit.

Not to worry, we;re soon up, dressed and on our way to Versus – ‘the blues cafe’ – the venue for today’s kick off shows for Parnu Blues Festival.

We need something to eat and rock’n’roll piano man Louie Digman is playing at 2pm. We eat, watch Louis and then our pals form the Parnu Blues Club band. Great to catch up.

It’s blisteringly hot and sweaty and we’re glad of the zircon at the shopping centre when we stop at the supermarket for some supplies – wine, beer, whisky…and some fruit.

Back at the hotel we rest up for a while then  make our way back to Versus with the gear. My show isn’t ’til 9pm but we need to get there in time for loading in and changeovers.

The band on before me is Joensuu Riihimäki from Finland. Frontman Sami suddenly asks me up to sing with him on  Dylan’s I Shall Be Released….jeez…don’t know all the words but we busk it anyway and it’s all done in the spirit of the moment! The guys put on a  great show and are one of the most refreshing bands we’ve seen in a  while.

There’s a capacity crowd in the room – and a lot of folks we know from previous Estonia trips…Seppo and Marina, author Toomas Raudam (who brings us a big punnet of raspberries from his garden) and a load of musicians 🙂

The place is packed, there’s two guys filming the whole thing with about eight cameras, a few photographers and it;s boiling hot….I’m soaking before I’ve even hit the first note!

The crowd is fantastic and I have a real blast…plenty whisky keeps me going until the end when I collapse in a heap backstage. Not time to rest though – folks to talk to and a stage to be cleared.

Once we’re done we find a nice quiet restaurant and relax over a belated dinner before heading back to yacht club for a last dram then bed. Some day.

Sami and Joensuu Riihimaki   get me up on stage to help out on I Shall be Released....

Sami and Joensuu Riihimaki get me up on stage to help out on I Shall be Released….

With Finnish band Joensuu Riihimaki after the show – me, Mollu, Kari and Sami

With Finnish band Joensuu Riihimaki after the show – me, Mollu, Kari and Sami


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