After a couple of very special gigs in Totnes over the last year, I was asked to play the opening night at the new South Devon Arts Centre, hosted by one of its patrons ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris. What a space, I bloody love it. There’ll be some great nights here in years to come.
Totnes is up there with Hebden Bridge for beautiful places people dream of moving to when they’re fed up with living wherever they currently live. I can’t say I blame them. I met so many excellent friendly people.
Also, it’s utterly gorgeous. I went for a run the following morning in the sunshine by a river through a wood and felt totally peaceful and happy.
Just in case you were wondering – I’m not one of those people who run 7 miles every day before breakfast. I was just inspired by the chap who put me up for the night. On hearing about the Boston bombings recently, Danny Bent did more than read about it, he got off his arse and put together One Run For Boston – a non-stop 3000 mile relay race across the United States to raise cash for those most affected. Best wishes with your endeavours Danny! Wish I could be joining in.
Well add to nice scenery and good people a major new music venue in the South Devon Arts Centre, and I think we opened it in style.
Yes Sir Boss, Mae & The Midnight Fairground and Rebecca Maze also played, all presided over by Bob Harris, who I’ve watched on telly and listened to on the radio in the past and who turns out to be a charming and interesting guy. Thank you Bob.
The gig was a sell out, alive with excitement about the place. I hope it translates into regular quality music for the area and some appreciative audiences. I’ll be back for sure.
Thanks to David and all who’ve made the SDAC possible. These things are properly stressful to put together, with more than a few late nights, so credit to them for making it happen.
More recording news coming up soon, gonna carry on with a song I’m writing now
Main photo by Beccy Strong