Feedback from the lovely Lynne at last Saturday’s gig:
“It was a fantastic evening and so many people commented on how much they enjoyed Second City Soul. Everyone thought you were brilliant as I knew they would.”
Two blogs in 24 hours, but I thought an overview of tonights events was worth committing to text! So back at home after the Glastonbudget Auditions, glass of JD & Coke (a post gig ritual) and American Dad on the tellybox!
Well we got the opening slot, which is a bit of a mixed bag as it meant we got a full soundcheck instead of the line check the rest of the artists got, but we are the one’s playing to a room that isn’t warmed up. From tucked behind the Keyboards I could see heads bopping from the start, and enthusiastic cheers and responses from the audience. Our ‘festival ready’ set went as planned, a slick half hour with segue’s and crowd interaction from the get go. The singers in Second City Soul have learnt the craft of interacting with audiences, and tonight it paid dividends as we got sing backs, laughter and smiles from the paying public!
The other acts all brought something a little different and we were followed by Anesis, a young band with an astonishing Guitarist. A mix of covers and original material really showed a gifted band on the rise, Muse is maybe a cheap comparison but the guys have virtuosity and a slant for the unusual where you wouldn’t normally expect to find it. They managed to mix Superstition and Back in Black, and make it work too! Next up was The Magoos, an experienced band graced with a singer with a gravelly soulful voice, definite overtones of Tom Jones (in the best way) and they covered a mix of ballsy, bluesy covers with style and really got the crowd rocking along. Next was the fantastic Lara Franklin, a charismatic and talented girl who in the midst of bands with big sounds, just stood there with an Acoustic Guitar and delivered! She has a way on stage of holding attention and we could have been watching a seasoned performer at the heights of a career. To round up the evening was ‘steam punk’ band Crimson Clocks. Now I don’t know ‘Steam Punk’ as a genre but a Victorian look at folk music wasn’t be far away from my thoughts. A very alternative and committed band doing something which based on my experiences is truly unique.
We saw lots of old friends, and made some great new friends too so our public thanks go to all those who supported us and the other bands. It was great to see so many people happily hang around to see all the bands. A special shout out to the venue and the sound engineer for making sure everything worked seamlessly and everyone had a great sound.