Wolverhampton Country Songwriters Night

Posted by Gareth Category: Playing Live

I had a crazy busy weekend – but without much singing, starting on Thursday hosting a monthly open mic, Friday I was the sound engineer for a Doors Tribute band in Southport.

Saturday brought me back to performing, a long, wet drive to Wolverhampton to play at their Country Songwriters Night. I’ve been looking forward to this night since it was booked back in February. I must admit the night didn’t disappoint, there is something magical playing in a room where you can hear a pin drop from the audience whilst the acts are on stage (unless encouraged otherwise to join in).

Pat and Jim made me feel welcome from the moment I walked through their door and it quickly became apparent why so many acts love to play at this night, many of us have played bigger venues, to many more people….but it’s rare to have a night where 100% of the audience is engaged with the music, that makes something magical.

Me looking serious and moody outside Bantock House.

Also playing on the bill was the wonderful Eleri Angharad, a wonderful songwriter from Swansea, she had some beautiful songs along with a couple of covers, including a really good version of Be My Baby. You can find out more about Eleri on her Facebook Page

The British Country Music Association 2018 Duo of the Year, Gasoline & Matches where our main act for the night, what a joy to see them perform and then to chat to them later.
They had great stories to tell and songs to go with them, beautiful harmonies. Plus a good old drinking song (I must get round to writing one of them) Never have I Ever.
Check them out on Facebook

Pictured: Steve and Sally AKA Gasoline & Matches, Eleri Angharad, myself and Jordan who joined Eleri on Harmonica for some songs.

I cannot recommend this night enough to any country music fans, you get a really intimate show from top top quality acts. I’m already planning on getting back there again at some point.

Once again, that’s to Pat, Jim and everyone else involved in the night, you do so much to help the music scene.

Next Up……..Wild Festival!!!!

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