Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Gigging With Grannie

by Russell Turner - 17:24 on 11 April 2017

After the subdued gig at Lochloy we were unsure how warmly our second holiday park gig would be received, especially as Jenna was singing elsewhere, leaving City Limits Lite to entertain at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame in Embo. We need not have worried.

The crowd was bigger, more enthusiastic, and stayed to an end which featured two young guest drummers taking a turn in Sam’s seat and an encore of Wild Thing, which we play only occasionally. With luck there’ll be enough good feedback for us to return soon.

What made the difference between Friday and Saturday is a mystery. Maybe the holidaymakers were more relaxed, having had a day to settle in. Maybe the acoustics were better in Embo. Or maybe it was just luck and the composition of the crowd.

The bonus was being packed by midnight and home 1am, which meant I was still reasonably fresh for another gig, but this time in the audience when Matchgirl and I saw Susan Calman at Eden Court. You know you’ll have a good night with someone who names one of their five cats DCI Jane Tennison.

But the biggest excitement yesterday was the news that ARW – now renamed Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman – is to tour North America again later this year. I spent a short while daydreaming about a trip to Canada in September before deciding that logistics and finance were both against me. Fortunately the touring itinerary for 2018, which should include the UK, will be announced later this year. Fingers crossed.

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