The first night for Pure Acoustica at The Southwestern THE BEST PUB IN SOUTHAMPTON and what a beautiful night! After spening too long on the M3 I managed to make the short train journey to St Denys and the even shorter journey from the station to The Southwestern, about a minute.
A lovely warm summer night, I kicked off the night with a short set, I was then followed by the freshly shorn Jim Chorley who was just amazing, Steve Lowis played a fantastic set of some rocky tunes I had never heard before. Lewis MacLean enthralled all with a collection oif hithertoo unplayed original songs. After Lewis was the big suprise of the evening when the mighty Joe Hudson held all spellbound reading a selection of some of his amazing poetry. The Real Raj then did a great job of tying up the first half.
Then we went round again with everyone playing a slightly shorter second set and without Joe Hudson who had other commitments.
I ended the evening with what I hope will become a Pure Acoustica anthem "You Treat Me Mean" with the audience and some of the artists joining in.
What was nice was that we didn't have to battle with the World Cup, which was a concern. We had a good number of people moving closer to enjoy the artists and enjoyed a few of those special moments when the performers hold the attention of the whole audience, which normally takes a while.
So we give a big thumbs upo to Shona and her staff at The Southwestern for making us feel very welcome and helping create a fantastic atmosphere and long may it continue! I WOULD have had pictures of the night but unfortunately forgot my camera! Next time.....
Monday, 21 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Yes, yes we are and at a new home The Southwestern in St Denys, THE BEST PUB IN SOUTHAMPTON! No probably, no perhaps not even a maybe The Southwestern in St Denys IS the best pub in Southampton, we are very lucky to be there and I couldn't be happier about it.
So on this Thursday the 17th of June, just after some football match malarky in South Africa, I shall kick off the first in a series of regular Pure Acoustica shows at The SouthWestern and what a line up!
I have the imortal Real Raj, the sublime Steve Lowis, the freshly shaved Jim Chorley and the Pure Acoustica virgin Lewis "no mics or amps, right?" MacLean as well as my good self playing a few songs, sampling the fine ales at the bar and running the Pure Acoustica raffle (unless I can rope Carly into it again...) For those new to the raffle all you need to o to enter is write your email address on the back of your ticket. No money changes hand. The performers all donate something as the prize. The winner will be as happy as the guy who last won the raffle, see his handsome face in the post below!
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Hope to see you for what will be a great night at THE BEST PUB IN SOUTHAMPTON!
The Southwestern is at 38-40 Adelaide Road, Southampton SO17 2HW it is about 2 minutes walk from St Denys Station.
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