I used to be good at finding myself around London but tonight in the dark I decided to take an A-Z the size of a postage stamp and rely on directions from people closing shops.
Wandered all over the place and then looked up to see oh! a great big round Tabernacle.
It’s a beautiful venue, like I say, big and round and inside a nice balcony all around it so you can see everything. Tom Robinson had already begun his first of 3 sets and it was a good idea to split them up. Like a double album he could do some low key acoustic numbers on one side before the beefy rock stuff at the end.
In between came a great solo American guy ‘Hamell on Trial’ who sounded like he’d hauled himself out of a swamp and across a trailer park to get there and abuse us by hitting us with his guitar (but in a good way).
The other support act was Orlando and the Swell who I’ve seen before at “the Half Moon ‘ in Putney. If anything they were even better than then, there were ten of them on stage, strings, flutes, big bass drums beautiful arrangements with Orlando swirling enthusiastically around in the front – drama!
Tom came back on for his final set, and there was a real warmth not many performers can enjoy. I didn’t realise how many of his songs I knew and loved, and did the audience know all the words ? Yes! Great guest spots from TV Smith; and Swami Baracus and Melissa James on new songs, and of course the ‘medley of my greatest hit’ ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway.’ I remember hearing this sat on the bottom bunk when Annie Nightingale played it god knows when -they could have played this for another hour as far as I was concerned. Loved it!
Finally – with the power shut off, a PA. defeating intimate finale.
Great night out thanks everyone!!
Now the night bus….