Yesterday was one of those typical lunchtime/afternoon gigs. Scarlet Town was at full-strength with a three-piece clarinet, flute, sax, violin section and fresh from a rehearsal the day before, with some new songs.
We were doing three x 45 mins sets which inevitably stretches towards three hours, so I packed the car and drove down at 11.30. I got back and unloaded around 6pm and the seven of us were paid £120 or around £17.50 each (which we then blew on a curry at the Akash). Talking of ‘blew’, one of my harmonicas went (a D) so that’s £30+ for a replacement
It’s the magic of the local band and local pub gig and after 50 years I generally accept all that.
Except that during the first two sets yesterday the PA was a nightmare – at least for my (lead) vocals and it took us two sets, lots of fiddling, helpful comments from audience members etc to figure that something was wrong with the channel I was using. I hate it, HATE IT. I’m probably singing as well today as I’ve ever done, with the new drummer I didn’t need to play percussion, I could focus on singing (and we are a ‘songs’ band) and playing harmonica and for the first 20 songs it all sounded shit.
Having switched channels, the third set was fine, but I am beginning to wonder whether I’ve finally had enough of the average pub gig and all that humping and electricity. Our next gigs are acoustic – bring them on!