On Monday night I played at the Waterman’s Arms’ open mic in Richmond, run by the man they call Seb (Sebastian Stride). Don’t think I’d been down to Richmond for almost a year, and it was great to play there again, and see Seb and David Evans, who filmed most of the night for their great You Tube channel SXSW14.
I’m fighting off the remains of a cold, and my voice failed me a little bit during Trapped & Free (not much I could do but laugh and push on through):
The Waterman’s Arms is a fantastic little boozer, tucked down Water Lane, feet away from the river, and in the summer it is a fantastic place to spend the warm evenings. Seb runs a top night there on Mondays, and if you’re a musician or just a music lover, you should really go and check it out sometime.
On the eve of his return to Hiroshima, Teppei Tanino put on a farewell show at the Betsey Trotwood, in Farringdon, London. He invited some of his favourite artists from the Virtually Acoustic Club, run by David Sherwood, to play with him for what was a very special Friday night. Eiks, Tom Poslett, Mike Rosenberg, Michael Dunnigan, Louise Loft, Silver Sam, Piefinger, Anna Giles, and Lyle and I each played a couple of numbers before Teppei came on at the end of the night and played a beautiful hour-long set (with two encores). It was a fantastic beautiful evening, and though my photos don’t do the night justice, you get the idea.
Teppei often talks about how his music will die when he returns to Japan. I wish he had more faith that, given time and a bit of luck, his songs will find just as enthusiastic an audience over there as he has found in London.