Had an excellent time supporting John Smith on his European/UK tour last night in Morayshire’s city of Elgin at the nice wee homely venue of The Drouthy Cobbler
I knew it would be a sensitive, listening environment so I opted for a mellow stripped back set of acoustic guitar and voice. I selected to play five original songs with guitar and voice, and one guitar instrumental using loops to end – no poetry or Celtic Fingerstyle guitar from me last night!
It was a total pleasure of a venue to perform at, all staff were very professional, welcoming, and warm. The sound was excellent and sound-team likewise – I would highly recommend it. It’s not always you receive such quality professionalism in this industry!
My good lady managed to capture a wee bit of the soundcheck on Facebook Live. Check out the video below – this is 40 mins before performance time, soundchecking for my last song (the one looped instrumental). Cheers to Phil the sound engineer for providing a quality sound!
– Soundcheck –
The audience was lovely and very receptive in a 60 capacity tables and chairs seated venue, the lights were down and the place was silent – a joy to perform. For my set I performed songs: Mother – Old Man – Pilgrim – Home – Heartspace – Awakening. We managed to capture the last four songs live-streamed on Facebook Live. Check them out below!
– Performance (last four songs) –
It was very interesting to perform as I’d rehearsed and performed some my songs in different keys for the first time. I’ve been finding since recording some of these songs 10 years ago! that my voice has changed. I took ‘Old Man’ up a tone, ‘Pilgrim’ up two tones, and ‘Home’ down a tone and a half. It was great to hear these adapations in a live setting and experience the audience reaction (which thankfully was positive!).
John Smith’s concert which followed was truly excellent. A full house of beautiful songs, varied in set, and use of instrument(s). John was as warm and welcoming as his audience, his music and performance reminded me why I love music the way I do… Thank you John!
Overall a great experience at The Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin. Thank you John Smith, The Drouthy Cobbler, and Beyond Presents for having us.
We’re looking forward to the return visit!
Wilson Noble – Suzanne Eggins