The house-gig tour is well and truly underway with the two first dates now completed. Friday saw Peckham's finest host a beautifully lit and atmospheric evening in their living room. A unique evening for being opened with the witty and charismatic poetry of Aussie poet Phillip Wilcox - An extra special start to this tour!
A Saturday Central Line trip took me to Epping and on to Harlow in time to watch England beat the Wallabies in the Autumn International rugby with my lovely host before playing what turned out to be a banter-full and connecting evening set for the fabulous women of Essex (and Mark my sole male compadre for the evening!)
There is definitely an increased level of vulnerability to these living room gigs... possibly as much for the audiences as the performer; the simple removal of physical distance between us itself changes the dynamic - strip away amplification and lights too, well... its a laid-bare kind of deal!
But this is what I wanted, intimate, honest and vulnerable songs played in an intimate, honest and vulnerable environment - allowing the shared moment of performance to connect us and ground us very firmly in the present.
Onward tomorrow to the land of song and the good people of Bridgend!