Getting onboard the Swedish sailing ship the Gotheborg was a real thrill for me (my second gig on a ship in a matter of weeks) this tall ship was docked in Yarmouth for the town’s weekend Maritime Festival and featured an evening performance from Addison’s Uncle, fresh from the news of their recent publishing deal.
It wasn’t without its difficulties and frustrations though, the website was down, unfortunately, so it was not possible to get our tickets in advance but we were reassured we could buy them when we arrived although we hadn’t bargained for the bewildering security arrangements which led us on something of a merry dance, initially being told to go to another gate and to come back later as this one wasn’t yet open, we decided to get some food … infuriatingly passing countless food outlets on the quay that we couldn’t access because of the closed fencing, only to again be denied entry on our return as the band had already started! (Earlier than we were previously led to believe.) Thankfully common sense prevailed and a call to the event manager resolved this and we were finally allowed through the gate to buy our tickets and get onto the ship. Utterly bizarre the way the public were apparently so discouraged from an event that should have been absolutely heaving and one cannot help wonder how many others failed to get in. Never mind, the ship itself was beautiful and Addison’s Uncle stomped and stamped their way through two lively sets, and hopefully managed to keep at least a bit warm on a windy and unseasonably chilly early September night, they certainly looked cold though. During Wagon Wheel the rain responded to “the wind and the rain” line and the rest of the band were wishing aloud for warmer and better things at the end seeing how responsive the Gods were.
Within a few minutes of the set ending we were ushered off the ship along with everyone else – forced to “walk the plank” as my friend remarked – before anyone had a chance to buy a CD. Luckily I already own one but felt sorry for those denied the opportunity and indeed the band themselves unable to meet any of the audience or sell anything. Addison’s Uncle were great but the event is one of the most oddly unwelcoming I’ve encountered. Just inexplicable and the organisers certainly missed a trick, the quay should have been full with the numerous traders doing brisk business. It was still hugely enjoyable just oddly shambolic on the organisation front and the barrier contradictory instructions which nearly meant missing the gig. It was a good event but it could have been absolutely amazing.
The following day was of course Sunday, which means Sunday Funday and a trip to the Plasterers for some blues with Mark Howes and Ian Elson performing as Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’ … always a great atmosphere in the Plasterers and the music was of course perfect.
Shortly before they closed their second set I made my way with some friends to the Lord Rosebery for the recently opened Sunday evening music sessions curated by Slightly Offensive Steve – who was charm and politeness personified actually 🙂
Lisa Ambrose was just finishing her set when I arrived so consequently I only caught the last song or two but I did instantly recognise her and her impressive voice from The Room, at the Ocean Rooms in Gorleston a couple of years back.
The Woodland Creatures were announced to very warm applause and played a beautifully charming set to an ever-growing group of admirers and went down a storm here. My first time in this recently renovated pub, it’s not as hipstery as some places after renovations (although some of the menu board phrases totally baffled me) it is warm, woody and welcoming inside. And huge. A welcome addition to the Sunday Funday gig circuit (some names coming up in the next few weeks include The Georgia Shackleton Trio, Noel from Dumbfoundus, Jose from The Vagaband, etc.) which closed with a handful of songs from Steve, a chat after the gig and before I knew it it was 11:30 … a sure sign of a funday!
Many thanks to Johnny Steinberg for the kind lift to Yarmouth, Crusin’ for a Bluesin’, The Woodland Creatures, and Slightly Offensive Steve.
words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2015