It was a great demonstration of everything that’s cool about house concerts:
- It was organised very much at the last minute (wasn’t even advertised at all until 2 weeks before the gig),
- It was booked by someone who’d seen me give a masterclass a few years ago and couldn’t be bothered to wait for a ‘proper’ venue to get round to booking Lo and I, so got on and did it himself.
- It was populated by friends and family of Paddy who booked it, most of whom had little idea who we were beyond Paddy raving about it.
- It was marvellous.
We hadn’t planned to live stream the gig, but a request came in from Twitter, and Paddy being the enterprising chap that he is, signed up for Ustream, set his laptop up in front of the ‘stage’ (read: ‘end of the living room with instruments in it’) and we were able to play to an over-capacity room (we’d suggested a size-limit when we organised the gig, Paddy went over it, filled the room, and it was even cooler as a result
It was also the first outing for our new Mark Audio PA system, which sounded SO good. Scarily good. It’s a big part of why the live stream worked so well as that the laptop was sat in front of one of the speakers. Lo was sat in front of the other, and this video was filmed on the N95, with the built in mic.
All in, we had just under 200 people watching the stream, which, at 15 minutes notice is pretty damn good! We’ll hopefully have more live streamed house concerts before too long.
So, we played to a room full of lovely people, had 200 watching online, ate Paddy’s lovely cooking, went for a curry after with his family, sold a fistfull of CDs, got paid… the perfect Edinburgh evening
Time to book some more house concerts – email me if you’re interested in hosting one. It’s easier than you’d think 😉by