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First Open Mic

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:39 pm
by Bournio
Well well well... I'm at uni in stafford now, studying music tech...

Some of us went to the grapes last night, and they have a regular open mic night... so next week the gutitar and slide and hideous northern wail will be making an appearance... I'm just not sure what songs to play... gonna do If you see here, and probably Nobodies Fault, or I might do some cheesy beatles as a blues stomp... Should be interesting

Do you guys reckon that "different" covers of well known songs go down well in pubs that aren't blues-y?

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:54 pm
by allanlummox
I play a lot of covers of songs not usually associated with an acoustic blues approach - Bob Marley songs, a little Louis Jordan, Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried".

I think you want to take songs from wherever there's music that moves you.

It's your passion in the performance that will move the audience.

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:05 pm
by Bournio
Cool. I love Bob Marley! Yeah, I guess If i'm playing it and enjoying it, or playing it with conviction then hopefully people will dig it! even if it's different from the strummy stuff that other people play!

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:24 am
by maxx england
My experience is that if you just be yourself, play a thing you're comfortable with, then somebody is going to like what you do. There is the additional benefit that you will meet other people who want to do the same stuff as you, which you wouldn't have done if you hid your true identity behind what you think might be "acceptable".

And welcome back. We haven't heard from you for bloody ages. What you been doing? :mrgreen:

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:16 pm
by boogiechillun85
Dan, I've been doing "Mama Tried" on my acoustic for years. You need to record that, I wanna hear! :)

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:50 pm
by allanlummox
Yea, I first sang it when I was briefly singing in a CW band with Skip Heller in the Eighties.

The current version has a little more Delta in the guitar - and a little more Philly in the delivery.

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:07 pm
by boogiechillun85
allanlummox wrote:Yea, I first sang it when I was briefly singing in a CW band with Skip Heller in the Eighties.

The current version has a little more Delta in the guitar - and a little more Philly in the delivery.


There was an astounding lack of a link to an mp3 in that post. 8)

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:38 pm
by Bournio
maxx england wrote:And welcome back. We haven't heard from you for bloody ages. What you been doing? :mrgreen:


Just had a phase where I fell out with the blues...
Just got back into it and thought I'd pop back over and see what was going on!
I'm at uni now, in Stafford, which is rather crap for nights out except live music.

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:53 am
by maxx england
If Lummo gets to drop into the UK, we can all meet up in Rugeley, where I shall display my inadequacies again :mrgreen:

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:57 am
by Bournio
Cool... that's not too far for me! Where abouts are you then Maxx?

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:15 pm
by maxx england
B37, Chelmsley, 5 mins from M6 J4. Fishfeathersmacteeth has relatives over in Coleshill to. I'll have to disorganise another night of alcohol and jamming in outr community room. After Swanage. If you can get there, there's camp (cramping) sites on the edge of a walking distance town, or a £16 a night auberge in the middle of it. And all free gigs. :mrgreen:

Re: First Open Mic

PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:33 pm
by Fishfeathersmacteeth
maxx england wrote:B37, Chelmsley, 5 mins from M6 J4. Fishfeathersmacteeth has relatives over in Coleshill to. I'll have to disorganise another night of alcohol and jamming in outr community room. After Swanage. If you can get there, there's camp (cramping) sites on the edge of a walking distance town, or a £16 a night auberge in the middle of it. And all free gigs. :mrgreen:


...that sounds like a good idea Dan...!