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I toddled off to Sheffield after work on Thursday, to play the farewell gig of Markie Paralleogram (aka Mark from Velodrome, for older readers), who is leaving for New Zealand on Monday. As I have said about a million times, Mark and the rest of Velodrome RESCUED me from ROCK DESPONDENCY many years ago, appearing as a beacon of LIGHT in the GLOOM of a Leicester scene heavily laden with miserableness, demonstrating that, actually, there were a LOT of nice people in bands who were HEAPS of fun to be with if only you were prepared to get on a train and go and play with them. If it hadn't have been for them i may have given up altogether - yes, it is THEIR FAULT.

I arrived at The Shakespeare to find two things guaranteed to gladden my heart - lots of PALS, and REAL ALE on TAP. I was sat enjoying BOTH of these when behind me I heard someone come into the pub singing Hey Hey 16K at HIGH volume. It was Mr R Pipes, who'd recently bought a Hey Hey 16K t-shirt and had been pleased to find I was playing this very gig just down the road from him. He'd bought his guitar with him, having been BUSKING in the afternoon, so we went outside and I did him and his friends a quick rendition of Hey Hey 16K (with a final version which confused him MIGHTILY, as he'd only heard the web video version) after which he did his song "Beanbag" in return. It was lovely.

Some more chat, some more beer and, with Mr P Green unable to play due to POSSIBLE BABIES I was on first to do THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints' Wide Game Team (Group B)
  • The Gay Train
  • If You're Too Turned On
  • It Only Works Because You're Here
  • Easily Impressed
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • I had a LOVELY time - you'll note there were only six songs, largely due to me talking REALLY A LOT, including my favourite bit where instead of everybody shouting "OI HIBBETT!" during Easily Impressed and Mark adding "You wanker!" before I could reply (as is his TRADITION) I got HIM to do the first bit and everyone ELSE to do the last. HA! It was ACE! I also did my BIG SOPPY BIT similar to that at the start of this re. everyone in Sheffield being lovely. HEY! It is true, ALSO i had had beer.

    The rest of the evening flew by in a flurry of ROCK also CHAT until I found myself at midnight REALLY QUITE TIDDLY, unable to finish my beer, and having to hug a whole ROOMFUL of lovely people, including of course Mark, before staggering off back to The Ibis where I had the same room i ALWAYS have. They keep changing the number of it, for some reason, but it's always EXACTLY the same!

    posted 30/11/2008 by MJ Hibbett

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