Welcome to the second autumn tour blog written by band manager Keith Pipe
Saturday 13th September 2014 – The Box, Crewe:
A return visit to The Box – our first time was supporting Wishbone Ash almost a year ago.
A quick load in to the venue was just as well as Crewe Alexandra were playing a football match opposite the venue and the police decided to cordon off the street alongside The Box whilst the football fans dispersed. A very wise move to leave home 30 minutes early!
Once again a great sound and it was good to see so many familiar faces who had seen us at The Box before and some who had seen the band play at St. Helens a week earlier.
Wednesday 17th September 2014 – The Robin 2, Bilston:
Another venue that the band had played a few times before and it was a great honour to open up for ex-Family front man Roger Chapman and his band (The Shortlist).
Guitarist Geoff Whitehorn watched sound check and took time out to talk to the band. Geoff also plays for guitar Procol Harum so it was good to exchange musical stories with him.
A crowd of over 500 gave the band a tremendous reception and this brought the best out of them. Great to see some of the audience at the front singing along to some of the original songs. Fantastic evening was complete with a wonderful set from Roger Chapman including a Family favourite Burlesque.
Another long drive home arriving back at 3am but well worth it
Friday 26th September 2014 – The Blues Bar, Harrogate:
Probably the most intimate venue we play and a firm favourite of the band (and only an hour’s drive from home too!)
A great start – we actually managed to park outside the venue which isn’t always possible as it’s bang in the centre of a very busy and highly attractive town. It’s also the only venue we play where sound check is performed to an audience some of which have had the odd beer or glass of wine earlier on in the evening. By day the venue is a wine bar by night a very popular blues music venue.
As always the place was packed out when the band struggled through a mass of people to get to the stage for a 9.30pm start. Two great sets were rewarded by a standing ovation from a noisy and energetic crowd and the end of a great night.
It was very pleasing to see so many familiar faces in the packed crowd some of which had trav