I performed at the 5th Open Mic night at The Brook in Holcombe Brook, Bury on Sunday night. I had previously performed at their very first one back in July and in fact had opened the event, and when I was introduced by Steve the pub landlord, he used that description, so that was a really good way to begin. I was delighted that he remembered such details.
None of my friends could make it (I only mentioned it to a couple though) but my wife Caroline was there as was my daughter Ella. I sincerely thank them for their support.
I had a fifteen minute slot so I played four songs:
- Wish You Were Here
- A Normal Bloke
- Life is Full of Surprises
- Just Like You
Three of those were written in 2017, but the final song, Just Like You was written in about 1997 and I only had the idea of dusting it off on Friday as I was trying to think of a fourth song to play.
I was performing on my guitar-lele which is a ukulele sized guitar, tuned to A. I was concerned that it might not amplify well as I had never used it in a live situation before but it sounded good. It is difficult to judge how it sounds when you are doing your own sound (the small mixer was right by my side) but the guy who had been on first, a chap called Wal, came on stage a couple of times and tweaked one or two things so I’m very grateful for that.
I improved my previous performance by adding some talking, in fact I introduced each song, explained the meaning of some and gave a bit of a background as well so that shows that I’m getting better at this already.
Its weird because I’m a very quiet person, but when I’m on that stage it is like there’s another side to my personality that comes out. I love being up there, playing my own material and having 20 or so people listening to it. It gives me such a buzz. The more I do it, the more I want to do it again and again. I think I probably said something similar back in June 2016 after my first live gig with Cinic.
All four of my songs went down well. Afterwards, Caroline told me that when I had finished my final song, someone at the back shouted “More!” which is pretty incredible. Ella said that my set was more varied than the other sets we’d heard and they both said it was good. I asked Ella to take some photos so I’ll get them on here as soon as she sends them to me.
There’s another one two weeks at the Shoulder of Mutton in Holcombe Village so I’m intending to play there as well. Its all good practice and with every performance my fear and nervousness diminishes. I had felt sick in the hour or so prior to playing last night whereas previously that feeling had lasted all day. Next time I’ll be even more relaxed hopefully.