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Blog: Totally Acoustic: Season Two Finale

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Back to The Lamb again last night, for the last in the current RUN of Totally Acoustic. What i mean by this is that I haven't got any booked for the future yet, and am unlikely to do for the next few months due to TOURING and Dinosaur Planet - but now that I'm thinking of re-starting in the autumn i have decided to call that SEASON THREE. There may be BOX SETS!

Anyway, I arrived to find The Lime Chalks and most of The Fighting Cocks present, so WORRY LEVELS were much lowered, and we set to sorting the room out. This was made slightly complex by the fact that there seemed to be less tables and significantly more SOFAS than usual (i.e. TWO rather than NONE) but we eventually got it sorted out and soon the room was looking pretty FULL. This was LOVELY although it felt slightly ODD to me as most of the audience were NEW, come for the evening's other two ACTS, and several of my Regulars couldn't make it. I even started QUESTIONING people, asking whether they'd come for the right thing!

Soon it was time to COMMENCE, and THIS is what I commenced WITH:
  • It Isn't Nice To Eat Your Friends
  • For The Fate Of The Earth
  • All The Good Men
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • We Can Start Having Fun
  • We're Old And We're Tired (and we want to go home)
  • Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths

  • The two Dinosaur Planet songs seemed to go OK, and then it was into The New Material. I thought I ought to try and do as much of the new album stuff as POSS, just because that's what you're MEANT to do when one has a New Album out. It seemed to go OK - it felt like I had to do a bit of PERSUADING, and there were a couple of people who looked completely FED UP with me at the start which, even through all my MANY YEARS in ROCK, does tend to put me off a bit, but by the end I think we were AS ONE IN ROCK!

    Then it was time for the much anticipated Fighting Cocks ACOUSTIC SET. Anyone who has ever seen or heard The Fighting Cocks will now be thinking "Fighting Cocks Acoustic set?!?! WHAT? EH?" but it was FANTASTIC. There were a whole lot of tambourines and SINGING and general LARKING ABOUT - it was JOYOUS to watch a band who, but a few years ago, were all ANTAGONISISM and ANGER and CONFRONTATION and POUNDING DRUMS, be so full of fun and TUNES and GOOD TIMES. I managed to TAPE it on my snazzy digitial four track too, so watch out for The Live Album!

    And then there was even MORE tunes after the break with The Lime Chalks, who were LOVELY - guitar and ukelele in concert is ALWAYS a lovely sound, but when allied with a Cello it's really something ELSE. A CELLO! I wonder if anything can fail to sound lovely when it's got a cello on it? The Lime Chalks did NOT fail in doing so, and it leant an delightful summery air to the proceedings as we moved gently but directly from ROCK to BEER. If all season finales were like this the world would be a happier place ... for everyone except Special Effects specialists anyway.

    posted 1/5/2009 by MJ Hibbett

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