It had gone quiet for a few weeks after the Striking Matches gig which was probably a good thing, I had needed the rest to be fair! We had missed our friends and with the news that the Troubadour was starting a monthly Country Music event we thought we might head up there for the April event. The good news was our wonderful friend Liv Austin was headlining but supporting her was the just as lovely Lisa Wright. The best thing about The Troubadour is being on the Old Brompton Road, if the traffic is kind we can make it in just over half an hour, so we headed off and thankfully were parking in the designated bay in good time. We found every one in the pub and were soon ordering food and drinks. It was great to see everyone, the community is so warm and kind and when you blog as I do they often welcome me with open arms, a hug and just let me know that I am not often far from their thoughts, these squeezes keep me going, so thank you guys, you don’t know what it means xx
At 8pm we headed in, the pub was next to the music venue and Lisa was about to take to the stage, I haven’t seen her perform for a while, she often plays the other side of London, or on dates that clash with other gigs for me but I did mention to her and her family that her performance has grown, developed so beautifully, it is such a pleasure to see, she has travelled to Nashville to write and admitted that being a homebod it wasn’t her favourite thing but necessary in her career development, you can tell it has worked, she is flourishing, the songs are amazing, her guitar work is polished, she is so lovely and I wish her every success.
Next up was a band called Two Ways Home, I had been told about them as they had been involved in a competition recently with a friend of mine, they had quite a unique sound and mixed up their instruments and harmonies, I personally liked them, they are doing a tour of the UK so you may catch them on the road.
Finally Liv came out, now she is awesome, we have known her for a few years and she is changing all the time, developing as both a singer and a songwriter, the Troubadour is an intimate venue and it means you get the best out of the artiste, they really interact with the audience, she was chatting and singing to us but all too soon her performance was over, she kindly gave us an encore but being midweek, people had to get home and the curfew time was reached. We all headed home for the night, it had been nice and thankfully it wasn’t too far home for us.
The next day we had been invited by a really good friend to see her perform at her Studio’s, now these studios are very special, these are the very studio’s that Freddy Mercury and Queen recorded at, Adele recorded her hit album in fact what we didn’t know until half way through that night was Will-I-Am was actually in Studio A !! We were signed into the bar and ordered drinks, it was just the most amazing building, its a listed building and so beautiful, we settled onto sofas and were chatting with our friends and then suddenly we were being introduced to Mo Pleasure, of Earth Wind and Fire, but he is a huge producer who is working with our friend Katy. So the evenings entertainment started it wasn’t country music and it was a nice evening, the hardest part was people disrespecting up and coming musicians and making too much noise in a bar environment. Mo was listening intently to every act, you could see him concentrating, I wondered what he was listening for? Then there was a commotion and turned round to see Apl-De-Ap had come up from the studios and was getting a drink and was tagging the bar wall, that was what the fuss was all about, he came over to speak to Mo and was soon gone again. Finally Katy came on stage and did her set, she was brilliant as usual, her rendition of Whiskey and You gives me goosebumps and brings me to tears. We all hung around chatting, enjoying the surroundings and hoping Will-I-Am might come up, however it got a little too late and we ended up having to leave, once again it was only a short hop home and we knew we needed to get me rested as we had another night out tomorrow.
Friday night had been on the cards a while, it was the last night of Dexeter’s tour. We were taking a young couple with us who were having Dee and Gareth sing at their wedding in a few months and we thought it would be nice if they actually met before the big day, plus I wanted to hear “our” song again, why not?? The lovely young couple offered to drive us, so Andrew could have a couple of drinks, this meant for a change he could let his hair down. We left a little earlier than usual and made it into North London in great time. Now we park down a little side road, thanks to my little blue badge and there is this cool looking restaurant. We usually head off to the pub to meet everyone else but having these friends with us I suggested we eat at this place for a change. It turned out to be a great idea, I managed a little food, the place was called “Bird” they made cocktails called “Dirty Bird” and “Dirty Ribena” the food was cooked fresh and really quickly and we all left there in high spirits.
We unfortunately missed the first support but got there to another lot of supportive hugs and kisses and in time for Act Two, Holloway Road. What everyone wasn’t expecting was me not in my wheelchair, I had decided this as the venue was upstairs with no lift, so I was trying to be sensible. Now I was doing ok, or so I thought. Holloway Road were awesome, I was now hydrating on water as I was beginning to overheat, which is unusual for me. Dexeter were due on, so we moved to the front, i stood next to the wall and one song in the room started swimming, I couldn’t hear the second song panic started to settle in and my friend who is also on crutches was sitting next to me, I touched her leg as I went down onto the floor and mouthed to someone get Andrew. Next thing I was being given water, that is the first time in a long time I have had a near faint, a couple more songs and I was beginning to feel more human, muscle clenching, breathing techniques I was trying all my coping mechanisms, then Gareth started to call us up, oh dear he we go, Andrew was helping me up off the floor and we were on stage, i don’t remember what was said, i didn’t last long standing so they sat me on the edge of the stage.
Then Gareth and Dee sang our song to us, I was so proud I could have burst, that song means the world to me. the whole concert was immense, I love these two and hope that they get every success they deserve, the band are amazing, the perfect line up. All too soon it was over and sadly the security were kicking us out. We headed out into the night air and back to Bird for donuts and drinks, it was the perfect round up to a fantastic night, albeit with a little hiccup, hey EDS wouldn’t be EDS without trying to trip me up, but I wouldn’t let it ruin my night, so I have had a busy few days but what effect has that had on my body??