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.