Rockin’ with the Angels!
It’s taken me a while to get the time to write this, but finally I have time, so here it is. In October a really cool place in phuket town called Rockin’ Angels, which is a blues cafe put together a weekend of jamming and musical sharing in an attempt to raise money to help the victims of the terrible flooding that has hit most of Thailand.
I watched in absolute horror at the pictures I saw on the TV and it hasn’t really got any better a month later, so when Patrick, who runs the Rockin’ Angels cafe and leads the house band said he wanted to do something about it I gave him my support right away, as did loads of others in the Phuket music community. Just two days after Patrick had voiced his intention to organise a charity jam, the first Flood jam night was in full flow and what a success!
It was great to see so many people showing up to pledge their support, both Thai and international musicians and music fans. It was very inspiring and I am proud to have been a part of it. It was also the first time I have played live since I came to Phuket and the first time I’ve played live since about 2007 or something… too long!
I don’t know any cover songs or standards, but I got up to play anyway and winged my way through a few – I remember Superstition being one song I massacred! Although the house band – The Rockin’ Angels Blues Band did a great job of keeping the song in one piece, so my cat-strangling guitar playing didn’t stick out too much!
At the end of the first evening Patrick asked me to come back the following night to play one of my songs. I was really chuffed about that, because I much prefer to play my own songs (I know them better) but only just. I am so unrehearsed that I was actually quite nervous, but the next night I brought in a sheet of paper for the band to see the chord progression of the song and we rocked through "What I Got" from my first album.
The band did a great job. It was the first time I had ever played it live and the first time the band had heard the song, let alone played it. They’re great musicians, just check out the bass player – she’s a natural.
Anyway that was my first foray into live playing in Thailand and I hope to step that up a level, especially with the other project I’m involved with "Dark Fiber". Enjoy the video.