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RM – The Glimpse – Solo Tour 16 – The RA Centre, Leicester 5.4.13

Having had some fantastic visits to the city previously (w. Jhelisa at the De Montfort,  and Nu Troop at the old Phoenix Arts Centre) – I was looking forward to see this new venue for the first time. The Javelin train from Canterbury – was smooth (great job – Hitachi!).  A couple of new tunes on the cards – it was good to have a decent amount of time to get to know this piano. I don’t think I had worked with the guys at Leicester Jazzhouse before, and it was a real pleasure to meet Alan and Tony. Considering the recent Easter break – there was a nice audience , and a great listening vibe came in from the cold tonight. I am really enjoying the relative rarity of a two set solo outing , and so was able to include both In Memory Of Catherine ( Howard Skempton – thanks to Ivo De Greef for the sheet music!) , and for an encore – You Don’t Know What Love Is. Thanks to all who bought copies of the Glimpse , along with the requests for sheet music ( definitely a big update at this website soon on that), and the project suggestions too!  There seem to be a never ending set of questions about the single hand repertoire – which I love. Wonderful to be put on the programme cover as well – and hope the gap is not as long until next time. It is really great that you are committed to a solo piano performance monthly.

Two days (one gig/two workshops)   in Cambridge next (I hope the snow is long gone by then!) :)

 
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The Glimpse – Solo Tour 15 – Free Range , Canterbury 4.4.13

After many previous visits to Canterbury,  it was a relief to be able to stay and not rush back.  Typical also that this was coming out of the coldest March for 50yrs (a century?) so I couldn’t exactly walk around at leisure – so amazingly cold!  The Falstaff Hotel looked like a very old building – I am not exactly tall, but found myself bowing my head a bit to get inside the room (through doorways built for a smaller generation). There is some amazing history in that place – right on the old pilgrimage route traveled to the cathedral.

Sam Bailey is another great musician who has organised this session at a place called the Free Range Cafe. There is a wonderful range of musicians who have appeared there (Evan Parker, John Tilbury etc) , and the cafe itself has fantastic food and is very relaxed. I have never seen vermicelli and baklava presented like that!

I really enjoyed the close proximity of the piano to everyone.  A couple of these tour dates have reminded me of the concerts my first teacher Milada Robertson used to give ( and my very first ever experiences performing) . It had been a while since the last visit to this town, and this cafe really suits acoustic music. The turnout was lovely –  and a couple of familiar faces made this a treat for me. Cumulus benefited from a few inside piano explorations (these smaller Grotian Steinways have some uniquely special resonances going on). A great triad on A came back from the improv raffle (some musicians in the house!).

Can I say a thank you to Dr Bailey for putting this on. Some very important traditions in Canterbury music are being consolidated in this night. I hope it can go on and become widely renowned (and duplicated – as that cafe deserves to become a chain!). Thanks also to Rob Kitney (who took part in the fantastic concert at Turner Sims with Panacea) , and Jack Hues (of Wang Chung and The Quartet fame). Great to see you!

Leicester next :)

 
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Robert Mitchell’s Panacea @ St James Theatre 22.3.13

Taken at the great new venue – w. Tom Farmer (Bass), and Laurie Lowe (Drums)

 
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