Well as we all get ready for the unavoidable festivities of christmas and ” The new year”, for me – it’s all about the Solstice .Today – the 21st , is the shortest day of the year and as such , is the true new years cross over point dictated by our relative position to the Sun ..Indeed , it must be the origin of christmas before it was highjacked by the controlling powers of the priest class and later twisted further by the invention of a big fat bloke in a red suit by Coca- Cola .
It means that , from tomorrow , the days will start getting longer and those early dark evenings will slowly , but noticeably , start to lift . The beginning of the new year .
So , it was with this celestial event in mind that we set off to Bristol for last nights gig at the Fleece .
We like the Fleece -having played there last year to a great and warm crowd and working well with promoters Ziggy and Jon from Death or Glory promotions .
We arrive early and , as the venue is still closed. Pop into the Seven Stars pub conveniently placed next door .As we entered we were rather pleasantly surprised to see and hear a young man playing his own songs on acoustic guitar .An interesting style of singing that switched to a gentle falsetto for the chorus accompanied our pint of Star Gazer .The atmosphere was warm , it was friendly and dare I say – kinda christmassy .Chatting and encouraging the singer afterwards, I found out that his name was Jach Fox-Williams .I hope to hear him again soon . Next up was a guy called Dan Vickers – again playing his own songs – this time incorporating some slide guitar techniques in open tuning and an interesting style of laying his guitar on his lap and using it as a percussive instrument while playing haunting chords . Enchanting , was the word that Ruffy used to describe his performance….as we finished our second pint . …oh – better go to soundcheck !
Soundcheck done – we do an interview with our militant cameraman Shaun and soon it’s gig time – theres a good crowd , great vibe – everybody’s up for it and as our own little mosh pit starts to swirl , I am pleased that I can manage to dodge a couple of over – excited ( plastic ) hurled glasses and avoid smashing my teeth into my ever moving microphone as the mosh boyz fall and bump into it .We all enjoyed it – lots of smiles and good to see many old and new friends afterwards – see you all again soon.