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IT’S LATE when we wake up at the old mill and go downstairs for coffee, pain au chocolate and get a little work done.
Once the routine stuff and some last minute promo’s out the way we drive into town and have lunch at Les Temps des Crises with the festival team and some of the volunteers who are building the festival ‘village’ around the town hall.
We take a walk to see how things are going – all very exciting..the festival kicks off on Friday and tomorrow (Thursday) night, I play a special private show for the festival team, volunteers, musicians and VIP visitors from other festivals, venues and French music industry. Gonna be some kick-off party!
Then it’s back to Les Temps des Crises to pack all the gear in Dominique’s van for tonight’s show at Conservatoire Tyndo in Thouars. It’s a 45-minute drive (at Dominique speed!) and soon we roll up in Thouars which is a beautiful town. The Conservatoire has recently undergone an €8 million restoration and has a state of the art concert hall and sound/lighting systems.
Cyril – of French band Vicious Steel – who has organised the gig meets us and we load in. Technician Jérôme is waiting and soundchecks are done and dusted in not time. The concert hall is spectacular and has a great sound…it’s also pretty big!
Cyril takes us all – Dominique, Marie-Claude, Jérôme, Margaret and myself – to a nearby restaurant for a lovely meal, then we’re back just in time for doors opening.
The place fills up quickly and by the time Cyril kicks of his set there’s a great crowd in. This is gonna be a hard act to follow.
I needn’t have worried tho’..the crowd is fantastic and right behind my hour-long set and a nice encore. Quite a spectacular evening…fantastic, hall, sound, light, people – and amazing promo by Cyril 🙂
We’re back just after midnight and say goodnight to Dominique and Marie-Claude before heading back to the old mill for a nightcap.