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All Quiet At Jacko's
by Russell Turner - 15:36 on 31 January 2016
City Limits' new era made an inauspicious start at Jacko's Bar last night. New drummer Sam made his first transitional appearance but Ashley was unavoidably absent, on work duties. Also missing was a crowd.
We'd been told that this was a charity night with lots of action and everyone in onesies (except the band). This proved not to be the case. The boss was absent, which the bar staff suggested may have been the reason why the event had been rescheduled (without us being warned). There was also a rival, and presumably better-publicised, attraction not far away at the Bandstand Bar – a gig we'd turned down because we'd already committed ourselves to Jacko's. Those are the breaks.
A further complication is that there's also confusion about the date of our next gig, so some sorting out will take place when the boss returns.
Those present seemed to enjoy the music, in an understated way, and a couple of the under-employed bar staff could be seen bopping away at the end. It made a pressure-free first gig for Sam to help ease his way into the band, and splitting the fee three ways instead of four was a bonus.
Enough snow was falling between Inverness and Culbokie to make driving at more than 35-40mph inadvisable but I returned safely to The Rural Retreat, despite a 10mph slither when turning off the A9. The route home from next Saturday's gig involves Slochd and Drumochter, so the merest hint of snow means we'll take up the offer of accommodation rather than brave the elements.
We wouldn't want to be another rock tragedy.
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