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I arrived in distant Chelmsford on Friday night ready to play Mr George Death's birthday party at The Box Club. I was met by Mr C Flowers, and we had a very middle aged conversation about whether I'd played Chelmsford before. I thought I hadn't, he thought I had, and neither of us had a clue who was right! Similar conversations peppered the night, as we considered matters such as House Purchases and The Nature Of The Novel - he is a ONE MAN DINNER PARTY! I also realised we've known each other for FIFTEEN YEARS. It doesn't seem that long, but maybe that's because, between us, we have forgotten most of it?

The Box Club itself was ACE - it's the Post Office Social Club, basically, which meant a) you entered the grounds of the Post Office depot to get to it and b) the BEER was LUDICROUSLY CHEAP: Getting a round in felt like they were doing a Buy One Get One Free offer. When we arrived George was - understandably - nervous about how it was going to go, as you always ARE when it's your party, but beautifully people ROLLED in over the course of the next hour, so it was pretty busy when I stepped up to do my short set, THUS:

  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths


  • It was a Not Too Much Audience Participation (apart from Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid which George had requested) HITS set as I had identified it as room full of people who hadn't seen me before and would probably quite like to have a chat. It seemed to go down all right, with people being Very Nice afterwards, which made me happy. Then George came on and did his set which was GRATE - seeing him playing to a home crowd made me realise how ANGRY and ACTUALLY POLITICAL a lot of his songs are, as well as being charming, interesting and FUNNY. He really is VERY GOOD, and is one of the SEVERAL people who, when i see them, make me think "I really should get Totally Acoustic going again soon", just so I can SEE them again!

    After George finished it was time to head back for the train and Actual London again. It was a GRATE night - I couldn't have spent my 57th (57th!!) gig of the year better!

    posted 9/12/2013 by MJ Hibbett

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