A million Thank You’s to everybody involved in my favourite gig ever, at ‘Shash Bash’, all the performers: Jessica Alice, Matt Watson, Sefo Kanuteh, Natalie Lake, Milly Hirst, Jose, Tris and Dan from The Vagaband, Ian Hudson, The Bicycle Shop, and everybody who came along … in person or in spirit. It was very lovely and incredibly moving. I adored every moment of it and will treasure these memories forever 🙂
It was marvellous to hear Jess play again, and very inspiring, Matt played a great set with his usual enthusiasm, Sefo surprised everyone by arriving with his kora and playing an enchanting set of West African songs, Natalie Lake endeared herself to everyone with her humour, her songs and her beautiful voice. Milly Hirst, mesmerising as always with her absolutely beautiful words and songs. And a fantastic, laid back and relaxed set by a three piece Vagaband who indulged me by asking what I wanted to hear. The Bicycle Shop was, I think, the perfect venue for this night, and thanks to all my friends who listened, shared and enjoyed with me a beautiful evening 🙂
A few days later I attended a lovely afternoon folk gig at the Blueberry, curated by Matt Watson. This programme also featured Milly Hirst and Natalie Lake, as well as sets by Matt himself, Chad Mason, and Brian Kortelling. It was a very relaxed time, and featured yet another surprise for me, so my heartfelt thanks to Matt for calling me to the stage, to receive a beautiful and delicious birthday cake from Sarah Burns at The Blueberry, brought to me and accompanied by their singing rendition of Happy Birthday jointly by Milly Hirst and Natalie Lake. It absolutely does not get any better than that. I was literally speechless, so my eternal thanks to all once again! 🙂 Well done to all the performers for lovely sets, and to Matt for putting this on, and The Blueberry for hosting it and providing a friendly and inviting atmosphere.
photos (c) richard shashamane 2014