So last night was the first night on the tour with Michael Manring, and went exceedingly well. The show was at Mansons Guitar Shop in Exeter, and was sold out three weeks in advance, which is nice! The format was fun – we alternated between improvising duets, playing solo tunes and fielding questions from the audience, and got lots of very interesting questions. The duo material was really interesting – it bodes really well for the rest of the dates.
There’s already one review up at talkbass, from Matthew Foote – thanks Matthew, glad you liked it. If you were there, please feel free to post a review of the show over in the interact section of my website.
We almost didn’t make it, having had a tire blow out on the M25 about 15 miles from home, but we changed that and got back on the road pretty quick.
Touring with Michael is a lot of fun – I think I’d happily take him along even if he was a rubbish bassist… ;o)
The rest of the gigs are still selling really well – it’s going to be a great tour. Tomorrow night is Petersfield in Hampshire, then Friday daytime we’re at BassTech, Friday night in Brighton, Saturday in Reading, Sunday in London and finally Monday in Southampton. Please come along if you can, but do phone and book in advance, or you might not get in.
Soundtrack – John Coltrane, ‘Live At BirdLand'; Kelly Joe Phelps, ‘Slingshot Professionals'; Michael Jackson, ‘Off The Wall'; Stevie Wonder, ‘Natural Wonder'; Robben Ford, ‘Supernatural'; Dapp Theory, ‘Y’all Just Don’t Know'; Medeski Martin and Wood, ‘The Dropper'; Marc Johnson, ‘The Sound Of Summer Running’.by