It's a funny feeling walking into a brand new venue, far from home, and there's just the two of you...
We arrived at Sadler Gate after enjoying an evening meal at the Standing Order. I had nachos, Lynn had noodles. Comfort food. Then it was a short walk down to the venue. The Big Blue Coffee Company was a pretty easygoing place; we bought some drinks and waited for our two friends to arrive.
I was happy to meet Ian, the chap who runs the venue, and it seemed like I'd get to play a few songs. He also organised for me to borrow a guitar. Marc, a member of Willowstree, let me use his Ovation Applause so I was sorted without any carry on.
I played three numbers to the small but appreciative crowd - Shining Light (the Facebook song), Wish I Was You, and Say Goodbye. Great fun.
We stuck around for Willowstree, and also for Vanessa Vale. Both were great, and if I lived closer I'd be going again. Before we left I purchased a copy of the Derby Singer Songwriters Club's latest compilation CD, and I gave Ian a copy of SCALA News. Then it was off to Derby's oldest pub, The Dolphin, for a celebratory pint. Wahoo!