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Gary Stewart Tour – Pt 1

05/05/2011

It’s been a busy old time finishing the Hope and Social record this past few weeks and no sooner than we finished making that than Gary Stewart picks me up to head to Bristol, Bath and beyond for a tour of his stuff.

We arrived in Bristol yesterday and after checking in with Zak (Gary’s mate and member of…), we had chance to rehearse a cover that we’ve put in the set, an old favourite of mine “Nothing Ever Happens”

Nuala Honan

… then on to our first night show at the Golden Lion with a set at “The Lions Den”, a weekly night hosted by Nuala Honan who treated us to a gorgeous welcome, and then two fine sets, first from the guitar/Uke wielding Lori Campbell who was talented, humorous and audience involving… (you know how I like a proper Performance). Here’s a video of her in more reflective/serious mode…

…followed by our hostess Nuala Honan who knocked us out with her voice, her directness and a fab cover of

Here’s some of Nuals’s music, though I’d suggest you follow her on Twitter really. ;)

One of the great things about coming out and do stuff with Gary is that (even if only slightly) it’s a different world to that which I’m used to occupying with Hope and Social and we do get to do a whole load of interesting stuff. This afternoon we played at Songs From The Shed, hosted by the lovely Jon Earl. His shed has been graced by the likes of Roddy Woomble, Alabama 3 and more but today it was the turn of Gary Stewart and Friends (which is the name we seem to be going by on this tour). The shed is amazing!

The Shed - Songs From The Shed

The video’s should be up in the next few weeks but meanwhile, here’s a little hide and seek with Gary Stewart.

Open Mic

Last night we had a cheeky Open Mic session at the Left Bank Centre, of which the highlight was Jez Hellard. Gladly today we bumped into him busking in Bristol town centre. Here’s his ace harmonica playing.

and last but not least, we’ve been record shopping today. ELO and Phil Collins picture disk for me… considered this Duke Ellington box set but was a bit short of cash…. next time.

Now, onwards to Bath!

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