Last week was amazing, buy the end of it I felt like I had run a triple marathon carrying an old lady who was beating me rhythmically around the head and back with her brick-filled handbag, but it was well worth it.
The week culminated with my first appearance on radio! I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Radio West Suffolk. Sometimes the words ‘community radio’ conjure up images of microphones held together by duct-tape but that picture couldn’t be further from the truth at RWS. They were brilliant, highly professional, friendly and accommodating. The hour flew past and I had a blast. Talking to Brian was like chatting to an old friend and Sue & Andy made the whole show flow smoothly. I was quite worried that I’d say something dumb due to a bout of ‘fibro-head’*, but I don’t think I did. I now can’t wait for my next appearance on the radio!
(Which I've just found out is this Saturday [13th Sept] on ICR with Andee Martin from 1-2pm!)
I also got to play twice with Carl, Fern and Sam from Elephant In The Room! They joined me for my set at Stowmarket Live Lounge as well as at the Suffolk Songwriters open mic at The Steamboat in Ipswich. Playing with these guys is always great. I’ve uploaded a couple of videos if you’d like to see for yourself, just click on the ‘videos’ tab at the top of this page.
Stow Live Lounge was great as I got to play and extended set and even resurrected a couple of old songs. They seemed to go down well, so I think they may find their way back into my set on a more permanent basis.
Another stand out moment for me from Suffolk Songwriters was getting to hear new material from Alistair Lindsay. Alistair’s stuff reminds me of Sting’s unplugged album from a few years back, an excellent combination of expert musicianship and meaningful, touching songs. Love it!
I also made a solo appearance at the fantastic open mic at The Grinning Rat in Ipswich. So many amazing performers on display in one night, I can thoroughly recommend it. You could see the next big star for free before they’re famous and it starts costing £50 for a ticket! Such a friendly bunch too.
*my health problems often effect my cognitive abilities. So I can’t speak good.
Ps. I know the massive picture is a bit strange but I couldn't work out how to shrink it without messing the text up...
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.