Night Showcase hosted by Rob
Sowden; Andrew Shearer; De
A last minute drop out resulted in me getting asked if I wanted to play and support De La Rue last night two hours before the showcase was due to start. I didn't really feel "match-fit" as I've had my head in writing recently but perhaps it's evidence of a growing confidence that I said yes anyway. And actually, do you know what? It's possibly the most I've enjoyed a performance. I'm wondering if in the past I haven't perhaps "over-trained" or "over-prepared". Sure my voice was a bit ropey and I wasn't hitting the higher notes as I should but I know a factor in that is that I'd neglected to do my vocal exercises these past few weeks. (And a lesson, if I should really need one, that those exercises are important for me even if they're a bit tiresome.) I certainly felt last night as if I was getting more in the "zone" where I want to be when I'm stage and I'm eager to have the opportunity to do another longer set as soon as possible.
Undoubtedly a factor in what I felt was a successful performance was the warmth of the audience that De La Rue had brought with them. Which brings me neatly to De La Rue. I'm not sure if I've seen a local act actually engage with an audience so well. Of course they were helped by such a large number of family and friends but I thought the onstage banter and interaction was very endearing and charming. I've mentioned before on these pages that sometimes I imagine a veil of concrete being between the audience and performer but last night there were no such issues. Perhaps you can see what I mean from the video below. Very nice music too.
Finally, just to give you the "heads -up" on a forthcoming interview. Reading DJ Joanne Kelly wrote a very nice review of a performance of mine that she saw earlier in the year and has invited me onto her Reading4U radio show Strawberry Sundae next Sunday, 30th September at 6pm. Details can be found here.
- Sympathy For The Devil (Jagger / Richards)
- Cold Heart
- Love You To Death
- To The Bone (Ray Davies)
- Last Night I Saw You Standing There
- The Things That She Said
- Tears of a Clown (Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby)
- Barricades of Heaven (Jackson Browne)
- Perfect Day (Lou Reed)
- Something Wild
- American Pie (Don McLean)
- Always Touched By Your Presence Dear (Gary Valentine)