Well following my sojourn in Lesvos, I returned to a very busy schedule of events, and I can only now draw breath and find time to update my blog.
First up was the Kenric Brighton
event at the Thistle Hotel
. This was the first such event put on by the recently-formed Brighton branch. it was well supported by members from far & wide and they showed their appreciation by singing along and dancing to my set and then carrying on until the music stopped close to midnight to a fabulous selection of memorable tunes from DJ Rosie Retro.
Regional organiser, Frankie, declared the night's entertainment a resounding success and has suggested that we do something similar in the not-too-distant future. I'll definitely be up for that!
This event was swiftly followed the next day by Dee & Pier's 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. It was a really lovely family-focussed occasion. The setting was in a large private house with an enormous japanese-style garden. The raised decked area in the corner of the garden formed a perfect stage, and I must say that I was reminded of the wedding scene from The Godfather, where the lounge singer (Al Martino playing a Sinatra type character, I think) is singing in the gardens of the palatial Corleone home. Although near the end of September, the weather held for us, and the sun was actually shining for most of the afternoon.
The following weekend (Saturday 5th October) I was back at my regular Jazz, Swing & Blues venue, The Rabbit Hole. I really enjoy doing this gig and hope to continue into 2014.
And finally, on 14th October I returned to The Grosvenor Bar for my Sunday afternoon repertoire of popular standards.
It's always lovely to perform there, the hosts Chris & Ali provide such a warm welcome, and the clientele of mostly regulars are a brilliant audience. One of them, Brenda, has booked me to perform at her 64th birthday party in November, in the pub down the road from there, The Bedford Arms. I look forward to that immensely!