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When i got to The King & Queen last night it felt odd, for LO! Mr S Hewitt WASN'T there! He's usually first in the pub but wasn't able to come at ALL for this particularly Totally Acoustic, and thus i was UPSET: I would have to set the tables and chairs up ALONE!

I got this job done and was soon joined by The Seats On My Sofa and a steady gentle stream of other people, including our ACTS for the evening Ms E Morris of Allo Darlin' and the band Model Village. I'd been a bit worried beforehand, as usual, about a) NOBODY coming and b) TOO MANY people coming, but by the time we got to half past seven we had pretty much EXACTLY the right number in. All the seats were taken, a few people were stood up at the back, but nothing was crowded. It was DELIGHTFUL, and so i STOMPED on and did THIS:
  • Totally Acoustic
  • Theme From Dinosaur Planet
  • Don't, Darren, Don't
  • A Little Bit
  • Mental Judo
  • Family Wedding 2021
  • We Did It Anyway
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once

  • It seemed to go fairly well, although halfway through my throat decided it wasn't quite ready for 2012 GIGS yet and decided to try and pack in, but i BELLOWED my way through. I really wanted to make sure I had a CHOICE of songs for the podcast which hadn't been on there before, hence the slightly odd setlist, but everyone very politely listened, for which I am ever grateful!

    After a short break we had Model Village on, who were EXCELLENT. I'd really enjoyed them when they played in Cambridge but this time they were even better, especially when it came to the singing bits and we found ourselves in a room with HARMONIES. Harmonies! PROPER ones, like you see on telly but can never imagine actually hearing in real life, it was FANTASTIC and the sounds just sounded GORGEOUS.

    And after them Elizabeth came on and did a whole HEAP of new stuff to a STUNNED room, all of whom were RIVETTED. The sound of UTTER SILENCE from everyone else was amazing, especially during songs like "Tallulah" when you could hear people's hearts THUMPING. It was amazing, although there was one SLIGHT drop in quality when, for one man, OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED. Here's the video evidence:

    I was, as you can possibly tell, VERY VERY NERVOUS INDEED, especially when the song started and I realised that my COVER VERSION had been in an entirely different key, hence the REX HARRISON-ism at the start. Still, it didn't DERAIL the whole thing, and it was LOVELY to be asked (I didn't just STEAM ON STAGE, honest)!

    And so the show ended and everyone settled down for a bit of an old chat after a DELIGHTFUL evening - if you'd like to have a listen to some editted highlights you can do so via the podcast, which I've just uploaded, and if you fancy coming along we'll be having another one on February 9th. I've got The Bobby McGees AND Jim'll's Brain booked for the one, it'll be FANTASTIC!

    posted 13/1/2012 by MJ Hibbett

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