Went to see Eric Bibb at the Queen’s Hall last night. Great gig. 🙂 He seemed to be enjoying himself a lot too, which created a great atmosphere. Amusingly, he did as a lot of things that Ali does at gig: spend a while tuning guitar before each song; start a song with the capo on the wrong fret; play a whole song in the wrong tuning; tell the audience that he’s starting to sweat…. I guess the trick to getting away with all these things it to act like you feel really privileged to be playing. Although this is maybe easier done when you’re playing to a capacity crowd in a nice venue with good acoustics, as opposed to playing to your friends again at Henry’s.
I guess the only downside was knowing that the wonderful Danny Thompson had been playing bass for him last month in France. But hey, I’ll get another chance to see Danny next month at the Pentangle gig.
The support act was pretty dull. A girl called Emily Maguire who’s big thing appeared to be that she had been to Australia. She had a bassist with her, but neither of them played anything very interesting and the songs weren’t catchy or memorable. Pleasent enough, but I know quite a few local musicians who’re more interesting and better performers (such as Emily Scott, Anna K Jarosz, and Al Shields, to name a few).