Friday 10 February 2017

Awesome night at the Hug & Pint thanks to Jamie (Little Fire), left, and soundman Doug 🙂

GIG day today – so first task is printing out set lists and getting some last-miniute online and social media promo out.

We’re also gonna try recording tonight’s show and I spend a while gathering an assortment of mics, cables, splitter boxes and other stuff along with the eight-track recorder.

I’m just about to pack the car when Joe shows up to measure our front door to see if their old canopy could be put to good use. I finish packing then there’s time for a coffee and a blether. Joe heads back along the road and we head for Glasgow.

The Hug & Pint is – along with Broadcast, King Tut;s and the Glad Cafe – one of our favourite Glasgow venues and I;m really looking forward to tonight’s gig.

Soundman Doug is ready and waiting when we load in – he’s done my sound a few times in the past and always been great. We’re set up in no time and Doug goes way beyond the call of duty in helping us set up to record the show with minimum fuss…he plugs in his laptop, has loads of good ideas and soon we;re soundchecked and back upstairs enjoying some amazing grub. The food at the Hug & Pint is amazing too!

My pal Jamie – aka Little Fire – who’s opening the show arrives just as we finish eating and is all set up and soundchecked by the time doors open at 8pm. 

There’s a good crowd in for Jamie kicking things off and he plays a wonderful set. So glad we managed to sort a show together after years of talking about it!

I do a quick Facebook Live from backstage and sink a wee dram before I start my set. The place is pretty packed – a nice mixture of old and new faces 🙂

After load out there’s time for a drink then we make for home, stopping off for a haggis supper en route. That’s fucked the low carb efforts of the last few days!

Dave Arcari is a full-time touring alternative blues (alt.blues) guitar player
 and songwriter 
based on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland

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Friday 2 September 2016

I grab a snap of Jamie filming during a break from my photoshoot

I grab a snap of Jamie filming during a break from my photoshoot

OFF into Glasgow first thing – I’m meeting the Urbancroft folks at Film City – they’re filming for a corporate client and have asked me to come and do some photos.

First stop is a city centre hotel where I spend the morning taking candid photos of seminars and planning meetings.

Once we’re done there, we head to Pinkston Watersports where the global workforce is having teambuilding afternoon and taking part in dragonboat races. I shoot zillions of pix and hope I’ve good some decent action shots.

Back home I fire up the grill and cook some BBQ. Not the best job I;ve done, but it fills a hole then we wander along to Betty and Joe’s where we join them – and Seonaidh and Michelle – for a few drinks.

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Monday 9 May 2016

 

Martyn and Jamie get some performance cutaways

Martyn and Jamie get some performance cutaways

VIDEO shoot day! We’re away at 7.30am to meet Martyn and Jamie at FilmCity.

We planned to take just one vehicle, but the coffin Jamie hired won’t fit in the van. We manage to get it in our car, so Margaret drives to our secret location in Ayrshire with the coffin and I go in the van with Martyn and Jamie…no room for the coffin and me in the car!

After stopping for a roll and sausage and to pick some daffodils from the roadside to dress the coffin, we arrive at the location under blazing sun. There’s no vehicular access, so it’s a bit of a slog getting everything on-site to our first location.

My amp won’t play nice with the generator so we do away with the planned lip/finger-sync to Hellbound Train and I play it live a few times. It’s gonna be wildly different from the recorded track, but  hopefully the guys can Joey it around a bit and make a few phrases fit here and there…if not, we can use ’em as cutaways.

The guys have an extensive list of shots they need to tell the story they’ve put together behind the song. They’ve already done a pile of work on this.

We’ve all taken a packed lunch, but Jamie’s gone a step further and brought a stove, pan and enough brioche buns and burgers for everyone. Amazing! We enjoy a break in the shade and some grub.

It’s absolutely roasting…especially when I have to get in the coffin for a scene. I’m not claustrophobic, but the heat, lack of air and a few stinky farts make it pretty unpleasant waiting for “action” and an emergence back into fresh air.

We shift stuff around from location to location. It’s hard work for all of us, but a great laugh and good fun….especially when Jamie gets his foot stuck in a hole on top of a train engine while trying to steady himself to shoot for one of the scenes. When I go to help it’s almost five minutes before I can take the camera from him thanks to a severe bout of hysterics…we both laugh so much we nearly fill our pants.

There’s handheld shots, static shots, drone shots…all kinds of stuff going on in the blistering heat. Feels more like we’re filming a Wild West movie in the Nevada Desert than a music video in Scotland.

It’s a wrap just after 8pm and we ferry the gear and props back to the vehicles and make our way back to Film City.

We unload, say cheerio and head for home. We’re both knackered and feeling pretty grubby so it;s straight into the shower, a quick snack and a large dram before falling into bed. An amazing day that I certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

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