Went to Rough Trade in Brick Lane to see Scottibrains, who I knew absolutely nothing about
but I discovered they have two singers, who switch half way through the concert (like substitutes in football) but neither of them seemed to mind too much that their effects were not reliable (about as reliable as my camera) - even though the band seemed to have it quite together - so I didn't wait to the very end (who knows, maybe it got better?) and instead
remembered than my friend Chris was playing somewhere, so I phoned him up to see where they are playing and he kindly put me on the guest list and I walked (I do like my walks) to Angel (or Islington? I am never really sure with these two) and watched Chris perform with The Members at the Hope and Anchor (Oh, and I got sort of threatened by a guy while taking photos, but that's another story)...
Anyway, here are a few of the other band members (but not all)
the drummer (was never introduced to him so I don't know his name)
Acklam Village can be on a hot summer day, but it has nothing to do with the musicians, I think everyone has just buggered off to the seaside to cool down a bit. And to make it worse the two people I came with also wanted to be outside rather than inside, but I did go in to listen to a few songs by HOOLi
and a couple by Ben Brown (and of course to take a few photos, because that's what I do and I also wanted to check how my camera is behaving after yesterday's shock).
at Wembley Park, with Impact Dance (ufff I miss taking dance photos)
the one man band Lewis Floyd Henry
Keelan Phillips trying to 'talk' the girl into a date
the Rooftop Trio taking us all back in time, when we still had things like lover's lanes and apple trees
Nina Nesbitt doing her performance before shooting off to Sheffield to do an evening concert (did I remember that correctly?)
Newton Faulkner almost getting the tuning right
and Keywest brought it all to an end (but only after I had a most terrible fall with my camera and my most cherished lens - the memory is still to painful (but my knees and calf are getting better) to go into that).
Stephen James Smith closed his eyes and submerged into a different world, a world littered with dead friends and acquaintances, but each one of them seemed to leave behind a smile, a tiny warm memory, an inspiration to go on or try something new...
Lilla Vargen also flew straight in from Ireland and was extremely proud of her new band (but she did stress she was not their mother)
Jack Tyson Charles was not on the bill, but he did give us a surprise two song appearance
and David Keenan slowly brought the evening to an end.