In June headed over to the UK for two gigs - one in Eaton Park Café in Norwich and one in Puzzles? in Peterborough. I had an amazing time!
Before I headed off over there, I'd been doing some postering for my gig in Dublin on the 20th in the Grand Social, and I stopped into my old haunt, Musicmaker. I went in to poster...I came out with a guitar. I called it Junior.
So me, Junior, my giant bag of Merch and my ukulele (Arabella, yes we all have names okay) rail-sailed it over to the UK. When I got to Norwich I spent some time in the cafe checking out the piano (Lily...again yes we all have names) and then messing around with a bag of scrabble tiles for a bit of stop motion social media joy!
I had a great time in Eaton Park Café - a gorgeous little venue and a wonderful audience. After the gig, the engineer came up to me and said "I found this, and I just get the feeling that you're collecting things," and handed me a tiny toy dinosaur. I hadn't CONSCIOUSLY been collecting things, but for some reason "Yes, I am!" Seemed to be the appropriate response. I took him with me and sat down to chat with some of the people who came to the gig. The name "Zanzibar" was immediately suggested. So the tiny dinosaur became KING ZANZIBAR. A) because we all have names and B) because he's a t-rex and thus a king. I love Norwich! I had a fun night out with some friends exploring the place and also did an impromptu set in Platform 12! He featured in many of my posts thereafter. I cannot wait to get back to Norwich on the 2nd of August - if your'e around, I'll have a gig on in the Bicycle Shop!
I also did a really fun gig in Peterborough - Puzzles?! A really great spot. Met a bunch of watergun wielding friends and played some music and wheeled a digital piano down the street. I also caught a really cool gig in the Peterborough Cathedral summer concert series by Peter Foggitt, who IMPROVISED his whole set based on audience suggestions of themes and random notes. My favourite was the improvised study for left hand on the simpsons theme. <3
In the days that followed I went on a few excursions to Cambridge and Leicester, and I brought Junior with me. I attempted to go to an open mic in Leicester but when we got there, the venue had seemingly been closed for a few months. But you know that they say folks...THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Even when the venue is closed, yes, even then. THE SHOW MUST GO ON.
In the gallery below are loads of pictures and a few videos from my UK adventure!