The sheer bloody relief of having a sound system that works, and works well – after weeks of struggling to find enough positives in the sessions to outweigh the negatives… I got to the Post at around 3.45, having already been there in the morning for the sound set up. Well, it was a niceish sort of day, not much else to do, might as well drop in for the usual social lubricant, bit of a chat, that sort of thing…
The Captain looked somewhat ill at ease – turns out this was because he didn’t need to change a thing and already had 10 bucks on the outcome.
Started quiet as usual – couple of drummers (Alan Richards and Michael Findlay, Hussein and John Perri) and not too many bass players. That didn’t last long – we had Lisette for the opening stanza, Jess and Jane up for some vocals – and the whole damn shebang… at last… started to sound pretty good.
The regulars fronted – Jane, Yuko, Annie, Gilbert, on the tonsils, Alan , Laurie and Jeff joining Capt. Chaos on the saxophollicles (although Jeff switched to floot and played up a beauty), Fermin and Yemow on guitar, and relative newcomer John Bell on trumpet/flugelhorn.
Highlights of the day included:
- Having a good time
- Lisette Payet on keyboard
- Great singing from seven different singers – I think Yuko shaded Susie for most improved, but they were all good.
- John Bell (trumpet) starting to hit his straps.
- A saxophone section kept busy all afternoon
- The pub jumping, with a lot of family groups enjoying the music, and a packed sunny courtyard
- Having more of a good time
- Devon too busy in the kitchen to get out and sing
- The bar staff clearly enjoying the music
- Vlad winning a prize for most colourful jacket
25 musos on the day, all good – ya wouldn’t be dead fer quids!