Following a couple of hours in the afternoon playing in the garden at the Lowfield Inn, Sunday evening brought a half-hour performance at Welshpool Music Festival.
It's a challenge to select the songs for a set of this length, as I'm accustomed to playing for much longer. Song choices need to be right, as there's not much time to make an impact, and they need to suit the audience.
Gigs vary so much as far as personal enjoyment is concerned, and this is mainly due to the audience, but there are also other factors which can make a performance take off. Sunday at The Angel saw everything come together, and was probably the best 30 minutes I've played so far.
The sound system provided by NRG Audio was absolutely superb, and expertly run by Tim Bowen and Jake Evans. Head and shoulders above anything else at the festival!
Then there's the audience! Often, rooms are busy, but there's lots of chatter, and people are only half listening. This is fine, but on the odd occasion when you have a cracking audience facing you, listening, and singing along, it really is such a massive thrill! The Angel crowd were so warm and generous, I was on a high for the rest of the night.
Experiences like this are the reason musicians play. Thank you, lovely Welshpool people!
Also, thanks to Kuldip Kaberwal and his team for organising another fantastic festival! It's going from strength to strength!
After playing my set, I raced up to The Pheasant to catch Eleri Wilson playing her very first gig. At fifteen years of age, she put in a stellar performance, with Theo Lawrence on guitar. A really gorgeous voice, and looking like she'd been performing for years.
This is what Welshpool Music Festival is really about! People getting an opportunity, and grasping it with both hands. Very impressive! WMF got me kick-started three years ago when I did my first prepared-for gigs. I was 37 years old! I wish I'd had the opportunity when I was Eleri's age. She's definitely one to watch!
Well done to all involved! Bring on next year!!!