Friday, 2 November 2018

Open Mic

Last night I went along to a new open mic night that I've not been to before. It was the Metrojam at the Metropolitan pub in W11, just next to Westbourne Park tube station.

It's been a while since I've played an open mic and it was good to get up and do it again.

What I really enjoyed about this one was that it wasn't just solo acoustic stuff. There was a house band which would back people up if they wanted. This meant most people would do covers that the band already know, however as the band were so good I realised they'd be able to play their way through some of my songs with the simpler chord progressions.

The first one I suggested we do was 'Slave to You'. I had Ross Gordon on Drums and Lefty Pete on Bass (due to his handedness, as opposed to any political persuasion as far as I am aware...) from the house band, and also Charles Best who'd got up to play some guitar. This is how it went:



Afterwards people came up to me in disbelief that we'd never rehearsed that song before, even less that we'd never played together before or even that the other musicians hadn't ever previously heard it. But that just shows the calibre of the musicians who joined me there on the night!

Thanks to Paul Mason for filming this - in fact it was Paul who I bumped into at a music industry event last Thursday, who invited me along to this particular open mic event - so thanks Paul for that too.

While I'm handing out credits, it should be mentioned that the night was run by a sublime guitarist (and pretty good vocalist) called TJ, who led a very tight and funky house band. I should also mention the plethora of talent that got up and played (or just sang) on the night. Even if I hadn't played myself I still would have enjoyed it as a great night of musical entertainment!