Firstly... Happy New Year... although - I know - it already no longer feels new!
I realised this morning that whilst I have written a Newsletter to subscribers (sign up on the home page) I hadn't recorded and reflected on the inaugural Brave New Broken Hearts Club House-gig Tour here on the website!
The tour was 8 gigs over 4 weeks 12 Nov - 4th Dec, audiences from 6-18 in front rooms from Essex to Sheffield!
The great beauty of these intimate gigs was the attentiveness of the audiences; I could not have anticipated the generosity and attention I received from people - what a lovely thing! It struck me during the tour that time and attention are two of the most precious things we can bestow on another person - so I really felt the privilege of being on the end of that.
I also realised quite quickly that once you remove the usual trappings of a gig; lighting, amplification and physical distance it is as vulnerable an experience for the audience as it is for the performer! The benefit however is an immediacy of connection and an immediate and quite visceral feedback loop of energy - beautiful.
Also, being on the road, I got to catch up with old friends I haven't seen in many years.. so more connection there... (connection and intimacy were unquestionably the defining characteristics of the tour!) I didn't want it to end if I'm honest, I would stay on the road all year long if I could - So I will be doing it again in the Spring! If you are interested in hosting a House-gig... an hour of un-amplified acoustic music in your living room or garden (possibly amplified if you choose to have it in your garden) then drop me a line!