….from our run of gigs over the Easter weekend…Friday saw us at Pleuchies Howff , and the usual warm and enthusiastic welcome from Lilliput Bob and the Dumfries Posse. This really is a great gig , and host David , a musician himself , one of the most vocal supporters of live music in Scotland.
Our first trip to the Isle of Bute on Saturday , was far more than we could have even hoped for. Bute is a beautiful Island , and from the trip on the ferry , to the wonderful hotel built by Oliver Cromwells shore battery , to the great organisation by Richard Snape , this was a very special gig. The sell out audience took us to their hearts , and the band responded in kind reaching heights I never knew we were capable of. We even performed ” Life is What You Live ” , a song that we rehearsed for the first time during the sound check. It was a bit like walking a tight rope without a safety net, but, although we may have stumbled we did not fall. Thanks Isle of Bute can’t wait to see you again.
Sunday Night Backstage at The Green hotel in Kinross gave us all that we could have expected from the evening. David Mundell runs what must be one of the best venues to play in the whole of the U.K. Despite the non appearance of a sound man , we managed to cobble things together between us and the well attended gig saw the band demonstrate what it is like to be ” road tight “. David Mundell and the Green’s hospitality was as per usual , second to none.
A long , long drive on Sunday saw us appear as the final band at Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival. The Crown Ballroom is a great looking venue , though the stairs are a real ball ache!. The band did one long set and left having made even more new friends.
All in all it was a fantastic Easter , and special mention must go to Jim for doing the lion’s share of the driving. Jim and Big Vern were astounding. Their understanding has really developed over the last few months and they have evolved into the tightest rhythm section around , and that’s without even mentioning their vocal work and Vern’s increasing harmonica skills.
Roll on Guisborough Blues Festival . We are appearing at 1pm on Sunday the 4th of May .
Incidentally , my new Radio Show : The Big Mike Blues Show starts on the 29th April 2014 at 7pm broadcasting on Point FM 103.1 in North Wales and Worldwide via www.pointfm.co.uk