Last weekend we had a little musical trip out to Clawdd-newydd.
Accompanied by Chris Birchall and Penne Neale.
Chris went on first and did an amazing job of warming up the audience from a standing start - not very easy when all the audience had just had a meal.
Then Penne produced her usual high quality performances which retained and built the atmosphere.
By which time all the audience were really up for it, so it made our task much easier, and we really enjoyed ourselves.
The sound of the room (when we were setting up earlier) was quite echo-ey, so we were a bit concerned, but by the time the room was full of bodies, the sound was fine. Which always makes us, the boys in the band, comfortable.
Here's John Bass, holding us all together as usual!
Many thanks to our friends in Llandegla and Bryneglwys, who firstly invited the TDH band to come along and play at their fund-raising event on Saturday evening, but then also turned out in numbers to make it such a jolly event! Maybe I have a cautious streak but I usually assume something will go wobbly at any given gig, but in fact everything turned out to be great. Great people, good food and drink, and lots of decent music and singing. (Plus, I understand £624.95p was raised for the local community church).
Thanks go to John Rogers, a local guitar virtuoso, who played some lovely, stirring rock-based guitar work and sang some excellent songs. And thanks also to Penni Neale who played next. Penni is a genuine class act, who pleased everyone by singing and playing songs which ranged from humour to touching sentiment, and which carried a really nice jazzy feel. Barry Evans is always terrific as a humorous raconteur, and as MC, he rolled the eve...
I attempted to learn how to make a simple video last weekend - great fun to do - and then incredibly easy to stick onto youtube! I kept the format simple - I used a few paintings to create a kind of backdrop to one of my songs - see what you think - here's a link to one of them - Hungry Heroes.
The boys in the band occasionally do things in differing combinations - Raphael has just been up in Scotland , doing some solo stuff; Richard and Tom often do some gigs together, and John and Harry also occasionally do one or two things.
Recently John and Harry did one of the famous Narrowboat Sessions. The idea is that you turn up, do a couple (of your own) songs, (instantly, and without any over-recording or re-recording) so it's a warts-n-all kind of thing. Here's one of the songs (click on the facebook link below).