Friday 18 August 2017

A capacity crowd at the The Cluny means Margaret can’t get to the front to take pix πŸ™‚

AFTER packing up some more pre-orders to drop at the post office I get the gear read for tonight’s show in Newcastle.

We leave just after midday and take turns driving. It;s not so far, but the traffic as we hit Newcastle is terrible.

The Cluny has booked us into a nice hotel at Gateshead quays and we’ve time to stop by there, check in and dump some bags before heading to the venue.

Rev and Breezy Peyton – and their drummer Max – have already soundchecked and engineer Dave is ready for me to load in and set up.

Soundcheck’s straightforward and it;s nice to catch up with everyone….Rev and Breezy have helped us a lot with shows in their hometown of Brown County, Indiana.

We’re taken through for dinner – which is great – then go back through to the venue before doors. The gig is almost sold out in advance and it looks like walk-ups will mean a capacity crowd.

I do a wee Facebook livestream from backstage and by the time I hit the stage the place is full. 

I have a blast and the audience is fantastic. Then I get to relax and enjoy Rev Peyton;s Big Damn Band, we chat with folks at the merch table and hang out for a while after the show then it;s back to the hotel.

Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band play a blinder.

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Great opening set from Swampcandy at The Cluny

Great opening set from Swampcandy at The Cluny

AN EARLY – but not too early – rise…we need to be on the road by 9.30am.

We have breakfast, pack the car and say cheerio to Chris and Richard. They’ve been fantastic hosts of our two nights in London.

Load in at The Cluny in Newcastle is 4pm. We head up the A1(M) and stop off at an OK Diner for lunch then carry on our journey, We’d hoped to get the Newcastle in time to check in to our hotel en route to the venue, but we’re tight for time.

Engineer Dave is ready and waiting and I’m loaded in, set up and sound checked in no time, leaving plenty time to go and check in to our hotel before going back to the venue where we’re well fed and enjoy a few beers before doors open.

Swampcandy have arrived and loaded in while we were eating…great to meet the guys and Gina at last. We blether for a while, then doors open and Swampcandy hit the stage and play a great set.

Then it’s my turn and I sweat like a pig, down a few drams and bash out some tunes for the next hour or so. There’s a great crowd in and it’s nice to see so many familiar faces.

We chat with folks at the merch desk, clear up, have a couple of drinks and more chat then load out and find our way back to the hotel.

A couple of glasses of red then…..zzzzzzzzz…..York tomorrow (Thursday) πŸ™‚

The Cluny's one of our favourite UK venues :-)

The Cluny’s one of our favourite UK venues πŸ™‚