It’s been another big couple of weeks, and although I’ve had a few of sleepless nights due to the pain that comes when I ‘over do it’ my health has held up to the onslaught relatively well.
Without doubt the highlight of the past fortnight was my appearance on the Premier Radio Breakfast show (26th September 2014). I was both excited and nervous at the prospect of playing live to so many listeners, my nerves weren’t helped my the chair of trustees for the station talking about their ‘500,000 listeners’ just before I was about to play live! It was such a great opportunity and I feel really fortunate to have been offered the spot. I also feel that it will be great experience for the future. I had so much fun!
The last two weeks have been filled with many other highlights too. I played for the first time at the excellent open mic at The Burston Crown in Norfolk (where I didn’t adjust the mic stand properly and spent the whole set comically hunched over, as you can see in the photo) and I played along with Fern and Sam at a charity afternoon in Stowmarket which raised over £500 for CLIC Sargent both of which were great.
Anna and I also made it across for the ‘Open Stage’ at CB2 it Cambridge and we had a superb time. I can thoroughly recommend it; you have to pre-book if you’d like to play, as it’s a very popular event. There was a wide variety of music on display, from funk, blues and pop to rock and traditional folk, and all for just £3 entry (free to musicians who are performing). The evening is totally acoustic, with no amplification at all. I found that most refreshing, as it feels really natural and made me feel far more ‘connected’ with the audience as I performed. Loved it!
Lots of other gigs lined up (as you can see on the ‘gigs and news’ page), and I’ve been receiving loads of great feed back for my EP. Niji Magazine awarded it 9/10 and called it “Incredibly delightful”. I can’t describe how happy it makes me to know that people are enjoying my music. I have to say I’m really excited by the direction things are heading at the moment.
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.