Swindon - The Roaring Donkey

I quite like Swindon. It's only the 2nd time I've played there for local promoters, Songs of Praise, but there's always a nice vibe in The Roaring Donkey.

Before the show we made our almost mandatory trek to head to pitch up in the nearest spoons for food and so Neil could finally finish the 'work' he was doing. 

The show itself was great and had a small but attentive audience, which is as we all know, better than playing to a packed room where no one cares. It's always fun watching Neil play. You never know how an audience is going to react. He played a new song which I don't think the audience will forget in a hurry...

After the show we headed to another pub where Ed, the other promoter from Songs of Praise, was part of a beer festival. We were of course hoping for some free beer samples but we'd just missed it. We did however still drink, pose with the mannequin that was in the pub and laugh at pirates. Once back at Daves house we talked and drank red wine till way past our bed times. It's great talking to Dave. He really cares for the music scene in Swindon and talks with such genuine passion about it. Dave also made the astute observation that 'Neil Morris is a Viz character made flesh'. Perfect! 

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Nottingham - JT Soar

I've not been to JT Soar's before. Turns out, it was previously home to vegetables. It's an interesting space. It's essentially three rehersal studios with a studio on top.  

After a little trip to the nearest spoons, we headed to the nearest shop to pick up booze, as the venue doesn't have a bar and made it to the venue to find Gerry and his band had been recording upstairs all weekend. So Neil and I took a little listen to the new stuff from 'City of Kites', Gerrys band, and chilled out until stage time. 

It was a fairly quite show but with some familiar faces, which was ace. One Million Motors, Gerry Trimble And The Bastard Sons and of course, Neil Morris also played. 

With Neil driving he couldn't drink at the show. So once we arrived back at my house after the drive he forced me to stay awake and talk and drink whiskey with him till 5am. Good times. 

me

me

Mr Morris

Mr Morris

Gerry Trimble

Gerry Trimble

One Million Motors

One Million Motors

We are ridiculously gangster

We are ridiculously gangster

Devizes - The Lamb

Devizes has a special place in my heart. I think it's the first place to ever reach out for me a few years back rather than me begging promoters for shows! The first show I played there, I somehow headlined. I also managed to jokingly call an audience member a c-unit (it was kind of playful, but the guy bought me whiskey to apologise for being an arse hat). Since then I've been back a few times. Supporting Gaz Brookfielf there in the process. I couldn't wait for this show. 

The reason these shows are always ace are the ridiculous infectious enthusiasm of Sheer Musics own Kieran J Moore. A living legend. He really brings everything to life. Since we first met Kieran's been one of my biggest supporters and to say I appreciate it would be a ridiculous understatement. He's championed my cause on my many occasion, gave my album 'Constant Fictions' his album of the year in 2015. He even put me in his 5-a-side football team for the annual Big Scary Monsters 5-a-side tournament (we went out on goal difference, boo!) 

I got into Devizes fairly early and headed to the pub with close friend of Kieran's, Dan Buckingham, a previously local, fellow alcohol enthusiast, for a few pre-show drinks and a burger. He's a really good dude and always a pleasure to hang out with. We met during our ill-fated 5-a-side team the previous summer. 

The show itself was the best I'd played there, which took some doing as the last time I played there it was one of those gigs that keeps you doing this. 

It was Grandmas Joe up first, a solo bluesy guitar player opened up. Followed by my good buddy Heartwork. I joined him again for a cover of Blink-182's 'Wendy Clear'. Then Swindonite singer/songwriter, Jamie R Hawkins was up..

By the time I went on stage everyone was in (and probably full of) good spirits. Dan (Heartwork) joined me for 'In Confidence', something we always do when we're on the same bill. The set went by in what seemed like moments, but loved it. Everyone was up for a singalong and even Kieran made it up the front to join in, venturing from his usual home behind the mixer at the back of the room. After we stayed and had some drinks and chatted with some of the audience for a while, before jumping in the car with surprise audience member, Mr Neil Morris. 

 

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Heartwork

Heartwork

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Cambridge - The Cornerhouse

Cambridge - The Cornerhouse - Jake Martin's Album Launch/ Going Away Party
With Jake Martin/ Ed Ache/ Laura Tufnell