When Amanda, Jason and Sxip Came To Town...
I got to play last night with Amanda, Jason Webley and Sxip Shirley. (Nice calm statement that, which hardly expresses the joy I felt doing it)
Here's a few picks from the show, and I am sure more will come in. These are from @teffan and many thanks!
Except for the last one, which was taken (And directed) by My Boss.
Pretty amazing experience, I have to say, playing with them. We jammed some the night before, around midnight, (when all the best jams happen), after a 16 hour day and very little sleep. I have such a huge respect for the three of them as artists, and I admit when Sxip said he wanted a fiddle fix and wanted it now and Jason pulled out his accordion, and Amanda sat down at the piano, and the three of them looked at me and said "Take it, we'll follow"(you wouldn't believe it but I'm pretty shy. Not on stage mind you, but in person. And these guys are GOOD) my brain did equal bits of "OH SHIT" and "HELL YES!"
Mostly HELL YES!
On the way to the show, the next day, my Boss called me, as I had not left yet, finishing up all the Assistant bits you know, and said two things: "Jason wants his red shirt and can you bring it and they want you to play a song with them tonight, can you bring your violin."
That would be a very HELL YES moment.
They play my kind of music, with my kind of heart. The song we played was Jason's Drinking Song, which is even more my kind of music, being Irish as well.
This was the encore, if you were there, you know how wonderful, amazing, rocking, jaw dropping cool the show was UP to that point. If you've seen them before, you know how it went. If you weren't there, and haven't seen them, you need to fix that. As soon as you can.
Very cool rock happened.
But I have to say, for the coolness factor of the evening, the people who came to the Evelyn Evelyn show were my kind of people. The same people who come to the pub to hear Paul and I, and they participate the same way people who come to see me, do. And they love Amanda, Jason and Sxip the same way people at my shows love Paul and I.
And I think they loved me too, last night.
As cool as playing was (And it was pretty damm cool) even cooler was getting to meet and talk to (And hug, as I recall) so many new, and really wonderful people afterwords. I love you! Adore you! (Yes, I am speaking to YOU!) THAT would be the best bit, and the entire reason for playing any show.
I think Amanda, Jason and Sxip would agree.
YOU are the show, at any gig, at anytime, and it happens because of you. You make the magic.
You did last night, for me. And I thank you.
Come see me again, I would hug you all anytime.
Love and Music,
PS Yeah. LOVE that last photo.