38 years since I last played a gig

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RockerRocker Frets: 2154
And I am joining my friends on stage this Sunday to play at a Family Fun Day beside the Royal Canal harbour in Thomastown, (Co. Westmeath).  The event is outdoors, hope the weather remains good, our little band has a drummer, rhythm guitarist/vocals, lead guitarist/vocals and I play bass also backing vocals.  A long day beckons, details of the event here:

http://thomastownroyalcanal.net/family-fun-day-2017/

We have spent a few evenings preparing a set list, getting the intros and outros as good as we can.  Nothing more that we can do now except hope that all our equipment works and the weather is good.  Anyone who is in the area is very welcome to come along.....

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6050
    Best of luck, have fun
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  • fftcfftc Frets: 211
    Hope you enjoy yourself.
    You've waited long enough. ;)
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  • BenSirAmosBenSirAmos Frets: 218
    Break a leg

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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 405
    Don't leave it so long 'til the next one ;)
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 15789
    Good luck!
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 5964
    Break a leg and have a good gongoozle.
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 1955
    38 years, what kind of a tour is this then!
    Relax and enjoy your self.
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 2955
    Have a good gig Rocker
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • BlacksheepBlacksheep Frets: 254
    Be aware people are STILL requesting Sweet Home Alabama
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2154
    Feel absolutely knackered today!  Our gig was on yesterday.  We played non stop all afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00.  The crowd certainly liked us.  One of our old friends called up the 'Golden Oldies' :).  I am amazed at the amount of equipment needed for a gig.  It took over ½ hour to setup, another ¼ hour for sound check and over ½ hour to dismantle everything and get it into our cars.

    It was some experience though, seeing people react to the songs we played.  Perhaps surprisingly, I don't want to gig very often.  Once a year is often enough for me.  We are booked for next years Family Fun Day.

    We had a great day all told, the sun shone and the crowds turned out.  And they stayed.  The organizing committee put a lot of effort in, it is amazing how much thought is needed for such a day.  First Aid, Security, Car Parking, Stewards to direct traffic not to mention the fact that it was held beside a canal.  AFAIK nobody actually fell in!

    As I said above, playing live is a great experience.  Everyone who plays music ought to try it at least once.  So if you get the chance, go for it.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • djspecialistdjspecialist Frets: 290
    Sounds like a great day out - glad it went well.
    Rocker said:
    Once a year is often enough for me.
    I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that now the bug has bitten, you might find yourself on stage again before next year's event ;)
    Trading feedback
    FS: Nothing just now   |   WTB: Nothing just now
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  • BlacksheepBlacksheep Frets: 254
    Half an hour to set up is pretty good. We take about 40mins on average. Mind you, half of that is spent arguing with the drummer over why we are definitely NOT micing up the kit. 
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2154
    edited June 14
    A still from a video of our canal gig:

    http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee495/RockerDIY/On Stage Again_zpsjaxkkqzd.jpg

    Some interesting feedback, a lady who plays classical flute [to a very high standard] told us that a lot of young people were amazed that we could 'create' music as we did.  Their only experience of music was from a device of one sort or another or from watching shows on TV.  On TV the focus is on the singer and/or the dancers, the music is just there.  Most of them had never seen or heard a live band playing guitars and drums before.
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 5964
    Rocker said:
    A still from a video of our canal gig:

    http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee495/RockerDIY/On Stage Again_zpsjaxkkqzd.jpg

    Some interesting feedback, a lady who plays classical flute [to a very high standard] told us that a lot of young people were amazed that we could 'create' music as we did.  Their only experience of music was from a device of one sort or another or from watching shows on TV.  On TV the focus is on the singer and/or the dancers, the music is just there.  Most of them had never seen or heard a live band playing guitars and drums before.
    Which one are you then? 

    With set set up and sound check we probably take an hour although that's not everyone doing something all the time, PA and drums are the slowest ( especially our drummer). 
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2154
    I am on the left (playing bass).  Setting up the drums took longer than everything else but as we could drive our cars to the front of the stage, that helped a lot. Especially taking down the kit after playing for four hours! All of us were close to being wrecked at that time...
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1300
    Rocker said:
    Some interesting feedback, a lady who plays classical flute [to a very high standard] told us that a lot of young people were amazed that we could 'create' music as we did.  Their only experience of music was from a device of one sort or another or from watching shows on TV.  On TV the focus is on the singer and/or the dancers, the music is just there.  Most of them had never seen or heard a live band playing guitars and drums before.
    This is what I love about playing to children. For most of them it's the first time they've experienced live music.
    Half an hour to set up is pretty good. We take about 40mins on average.
    When we use the backdrop and lights it takes us an hour.
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