This afternoon, I did my first solo gig. Up till now, I’ve done a few gigs as a part of combos (including as a jazz singer, bizarrely) and plenty of short solo spots at folk clubs, but this was the first time I’d done a complete set, with just my guitar and voice.
It takes a certain amount of courage.
It was an outdoor gig in the beer-garden of the Golden Lion pub in Cinderford — a fund-raiser for the forthcoming Cinderford Music Festival. (Note the white-tree-of-Gondor festival logo.) As things stand, I’m not scheduled to play at the festival proper; but this afternoon’s gig went well, and when I spoke to one of the organisers afterwards he was keen to find me a slot. So we’ll see whether that works out.
I did all covers — partly because people in pubs like to hear songs they know, and partly because, uh, I don’t have any songs of my own. It’s to my enduring shame that I’ve never written a song except for pantomimes.
For the record, here’s the set-list from this afternoon:
- Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
- You’ve Got a Friend (James Taylor)
- Strawberry Fields Forever (Beatles)
- Yesterday (Beatles)
- Something (Beatles)
- Money (That’s What I Want) (Beatles)
- Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Carole King)
- America (Simon and Garfunkel)
- The Next Best Western (Richard Shindell)
- While my Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles)
- Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles)
- Soldier of Fortune (Deep Purple)
- Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
- We Learned the Sea (Dar Williams)
- I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles)
- Let It Be (Beatles)
- ENCORE: A Day In The Life (Beatles)
I had a few spares lined up, because I didn’t know how many songs I’d need, but I ended up dumping a fair few of the non-Beatles ones, and keeping all the Fab Four stuff because, hey, audiences love Beatles songs (and who can blame them?)
I’m scheduled to have a slot at the Mitcheldean Folk Festival in July, where I’ll probably do a somewhat similar set, but with less Beatles and more Joni Mitchell and Dar Williams.