The Looking Glass 20.01.14
By kevinhewick, Jan 21 2014 02:19PM
At very short notice Trevor Locke of the Arts in Leicester website asked me to play at The Looking Glass on Braunstone Gate in Leicester after the inaugral meeting of the new Leicester Music Forum. I hadn't played at that venue since 2003, let's say the previous management weren't KH fans.. but new manager Joshua is keen to welcome people back to the venue. The meeting downstairs went well, it was a start anyway, about 70 people of all ages and plenty of women speaking up too in what can be a tediously male dominated scene. There's need for a more unified appraoch between us, music is a vital part of the culture in our city yet we over get overlooked, regarded as 'moaners' by certain other overindulged highly-funded sectors of the arts. I knew that afterwards people would be pretty animated about it all and I could have been some kind of irritating soundtrack to a hundred different conversations but, though it was noisy it was good natured and I was well recieved and I had a 'play don't worry' attitude and did it for the tables close to me like Carol Leeming and Geoff Overon and The Flying Kangeroo Alliance's Meri Everitt and Keeley Knight. I did 90 minutes and included a few numbers I didn't get to do at The Criterion last Thursday. FAC 501 played first by request, he second full run-through of 'ANOTHER JERUSALEM' and on the vintage end I hit on the idea of 'HAYSTACK' going into 'OPHLEIAS DRINKNG SONG' back into 'HAYSTACK'. 90 minutes exactly, It all felt good, the voice, the songs, the guitar, it all felt good. I just wish I had more shows to do, I am primed for them again. Later on the barman got a guitar out and then Meri, Keeley, Nile McGregor and a very drunk Alex on his 23rd birthday did some songs, it was a lovely evening, lots of fun.
THE SET: FAC 501 / A YOUNG MAN'S DREAM OF REVOLUTION / CHARRED SHADOW / PENITENT / ISLINGTON STREET / RAINBOW BODY / AMERICANTA / OUT OF ORDER / 1,000 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR AFTER YOU DIE / BILLION PEBBLE BEACH / THE DANCER / NOW IS THEN / ANOTHER JERUSALEM / HAYSTACK / OPHELIA'S DRINKING SONG / HAYSTACK
Pic by Meri Everitt