The end of 360 and leading into Keep the Exits Clear.
I’ve lost count now! But I know we’ve had quite a few. This one was to get ready for the forthcoming gig at The Robin 2 in Bilston.
It was great to get together with the guys again after all the messiness of Christmas and New Year getting in the way. We’re now back at it and chugging on to get both the “back catalogue” gig of Bilston done, plus the Fortune Retelling event in April.
In other news through, sadly, Jo Lene has decided to give up the RS Bar. That means our gig in May is now unlikely to proceed and I’ll need to move it. I wonder if Jump fancy a tie in?
Yesterday was our final rehearsal before the forthcoming Sheffield gig. We went through the usual stuff, and had a couple of runs through Delicate.
The decision stands that it is officially in the set!
Also compared body sizes… Paul has huge hands!
But short arms!
I wonder if that means he’s a particular creature?
I also got a photo of us with the chimney
But the short video was more fun!
So we are now dangerously close to our first gig in the lineup and I’m looking at it thinking “wow that’s close!”. It’s next Sunday!
Yesterday was our final rehearsal before the gig and we had last runs though the material, tweaked a few bits, and generally played very well.
Unlike the last rehearsal where Steve was poorly we were up to full band again. All six of us.
To see the photos you’d think all we did was wore silly hats though!
We also discussed stage wear, which for the guys is an interesting concept. They’ve never really done the “specific” clothes before. Of course I have the Strange Fish trousers, and the Shark/Kitten shirt. But it’s now becoming a confusing matter of what to do…
The problem with the strangefish trousers is that I can’t actually find anything that goes with them! The shark shirt, on the other hand, makes anything you pair with it look ridiculous.
I have an idea though…
I thought it was time I did a decent progress update on the Strangefish stuff, after all, it’s now about a month since our first rehearsal.
Friday’s Allan Chapman talk was postponed due to the horrible weather (lots of snow) and so we had a nice night in the house.
Saturday, on the other hand, was set to be a very busy day. First, Mum’s boiler is playing up, so I had to go and get that going again.
The afternoon was an early set-off. The gig was at Ackworth so not too far away (and because it was a self booking rather than an agent booking it was great to be able to negotiate our own terms).
Arriving at the venue at 3, we had ’til 5 to soundcheck as it was a surprise party.
Amusingly, we could probably have arrived a whole hour later! The event didn’t really kick off until after half past six.
First set at 8 was a suited one. Blue suit. New shoes.
It was also a change of dry for us. Stay Together is now gone; replaced by Shallow (Lady Ga Ga). It was a good, well played set. Very enjoyable.
The second set was at half past nine. Blue shirt. PVC leather look trousers for this one.
We rehearsed at Hall Place today.
I caught a bit of video. Note that no Manning songs were harmed during this performance.