I am in the library, typing as fast as I can. I will only be able to blog the Sapphire Club, and the Song Writing weekwnd will have to wait till tomorrow when I will be at work (so long as Offsprog 2 doesn't test positive for Swine Flu this afternoon)
The Sapphire is Lorna Brooks' club at the Guilty Lily in Edinburgh and it's a totally funky gig to play as a performer and to go to as a punter.
The bar is a bit like an oddball theatre in a village hall or something- you eat off wooden tables, surrounded by chaps in sandals and old ladies; the staff are really friendly. Then you go down behind a curtained area to see the bands play. There was a good crowd of listeners, thanks to the clever trick of lining up the seats so people weren't clustered together in gossiping gropups, and it meant that as a performer you could chat to the audience properly and really enjoy playing. Lorna kicked off the night, playing a couple of songs that showed off her lovely voice (creamy chocolate? How do I describe it?) and she was a hard act for me to follow, but after a couple of songs I felt really relaxed and enjoyed it hugely. There was a little break, Lorna played again and the Martin went on and played a hilariously surreal set, making everyone smile,. We did a couple from the album to finish off (Hamilton Square and Sweet Saviour) and were very happy to find a lot of plas to chat to afterwards. Lorna and her partner Mandy are perfect promoters, calm, hospitable and with a vision and I know their club is going to be a success (this was only their second night).
What a difference from the surreally weird behaviour of the Kelevedon hosts
(it's written, but it's hiding for a while!)