One of our best ever gigs last friday [24th May 2013]! Titled “Spring it On”, we were the opening concert of the new music fringe festival of Dumfries and Galloway’s hugely successful “Spring Fling” Arts Festival.
Organised by Ian Cameron Smith, the concert was held in the Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall in St Mary’s Street. Ian and his wife Claire are mainstream contributors to Spring Fling and half the hall is taken up with a display of their superb hand-made wooden furniture and ornaments and prints. Ian had built a stage and provided his own designed “performers chairs”, an innovative A-shape design with adjustable seats. Audience seating was “cafe style” with candles on tables.
We knew this was going to be a good night when we heard a week before that all 60 tickets were sold – on the night Ian managed to fit in several latecomers – a Full House.
The support act were three very talented young local guitarists and singers in their first public performance, calling them selves “No Alastair” – a reference to the absence of their percussionist! They got a well deserved delighted reception.
After a short break it was our turn – with the luxury [all too often we have to play short sets in folk clubs] of a full hour and a half in front of us. Our own PA, subtle lighting a raised stage and both acoustic and electric guitars – we had a ball..and by the reception we got, so did the audience. We played a full mix of Country Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Swing, Folk and our own blends of all these styles.
All too soon it was over, followed by chatting to members of the audience and the very welcome sales of several of our CDs [“Making Hay” and “The Blue Album”]. I have always enjoyed best, gigs where the whole audience are strangers but you feel you’ve made some friends by the end of the night – this was one of those night.
..and so back to Ian and Claire’s lovely home on the Solway Coast and a night of playing music round the stove and copious glasses of wine..even the return to Kirkcudbright to load up our equipment the next morning was a joy…brilliant sunshine, wild flowers in bloom and trees fully leafed at last, breakfast in a cafe near the harbour..and a slow drive home to Moffat.
I hope the rest of the Fling Fringe was as enjoyable for the other performers and audiences as this one was for us….
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