Buskers Blog entry one. June/2014

July 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

Hey my lovely ladies and gracious gents!!!!

this is my first entry of my buskers blog, in which I will  be writing about some of my musical endeavours and adventures for June 2014 I will also include photographs I have taken and the photographs of some great photographers who have been snapping away at some of the gigs and such.

right so lets start at the beginning  shall we,

9th June 2014

The day started off with me being rather giddy riding the bus to go along to Curvy Sounds music shop in Heaton (a Newcastle suburb, for those who don’t know the area) to pick up my lovely Takemine workhorse of a guitar. I took it into Curvy Sounds previously to get some repairs done to the tuning pegs, apparently I’d been working her too hard. The majority of the day was then spent out on the street!!! Around the corner from Northumberland street, but  not quite far enough that I was at Grays  Monument. I sang and played my heart out for a good, made some money was spotted by a few friends doing some inner city shopping and one lovely lady/ passer by not only threw some money into my case also gave me some churros which were amazing! I continued to busk until my good friend and competition for the North East’s loudest singing voice MR NIC WOOD happened on by, though it was coincidence he met me there  busking. It was not  coincidence that we would meet that day.

I packed away my gear and finished my busking and myself and Nic then went on to join Natty Nasty and we all walked up to Bar Loco because dear ladies and gents Mr Nasty had organised between himself, Nic and I to perform a gig together at Bar Loco.

As usual Nic’s very particular and mind blowing sound blew the house down followed by Natty Nastys energetic, passionate and sometimes political dubstep-singing performance thoroughly enjoyed by all. I was the headline act for the show at this lovely intimate yet highly enthusiastic crowd of loco lovely people!

below I have included some links to respective Facebook pages of Nic Wood and Natty Nasty so you can check those guys out  and also a small selection of pictures I took on my phone at the gig (unfortunatly there aren’t any of me….. by the way what do people think about performers taking selfies whilst on stage good idea yay or nay? Get in touch tell me).

Nic Wood Music  Facebook page link         Natty Nasty Music Facebook page link

  • Seth Lakeman Favourited my tweet about him!!!! 😀
  • Nic Wood's sound check
  • Nic Wood performing
  • Nic Wood performing
  • Natty Nasty performing
  • Natty Nasty performing

 

11th June

As well as performing my own gigs and playing my own music I’m a big advocate of going to see local shows and supporting the unsigned and non major label signed musicians so this day I was attending the gig of some amazing talent and I mean amazing!

It was at The Head of Steam in Newcastle, £5 but to be honest you would have gotten your moneys worth of a fiver from the opening act alone! The night was kicked off by Bob Stork & The Heaton Playboys  who are a kickass fun loving cajun music band, with the finest triangle/washboard player I have ever seen, now isn’t that a statement you don’t hear every day!

Bob Stork & The Heaton Playboys played a great set of french/english language cajun songs and really got the packed out basement venue of The Head Of Steam pumping for the next band, who just so happen to be one of my favourite bands ever and also some  of the  nicest people and friends I know!

HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS!

I love their debut album First Avenue,  I love their new EP Lily but nothing  compares to seeing them live high energy bluesy country folk that is sure to set your feet  into an uncontrollable dancing frenzy I love it!!!!!!!

The headline act I unfortunately didn’t have the pleasure of seeing  in their entirety but I did buy myself their first album and enjoyed thoroughly the songs I was able to hear before I had to leave the venue to catch my bus back home.

The Buffalo Skinners! What can I say I found them on spotify on my phone after having to leave the gig  early and I love it very glad I bought their album, here are a couple of photos I took at the gig.

 

  • Bob Stork & The Heaton Playboys
  • Holy Moly & The Crackers

12th June

Again I was supporting the local music community by visiting another friends  gig…..

…..SAM GIBSON!!! check out his stuff  heree

Sam Gibson Music

Yeah he put on a great show in my home town of Morpeth in the Black Bull and  I bought myself his new album, which is prettyyy cool and yeah was good  to catch up with him, not much else  to say so here’s some pictures!

  • Sam Gibson Performing
  • Sam Gibson Performing
  • Sam Gibson Performing behind this tasty ale
  • Sam Gibson Performing
  • Black Bull Toilet Graffiti Morpeth is classy like that haha!
  • Sam Gibson Performing

14th June

The night of the 13th of June I made up 70 Gentleman Busker Stickers.

The night of 14th of June I was bound to play at South Gosforth Social Club alongside some great  other acts and for a great promotions company and friend Elysium Productions.

However we shall get to talking about the gig in just a second. I being one that doesn’t live in Newcastle had to make prior arrangements for pre gig organisation for this specific gig, for sometimes I get booked for gigs that are  on days when I’m at my day time 9-5, this wouldn’t be much of a problem if I lived in Newcastle or held a drivers license. However my very lovely friend Rosa let me come round to her flat prior to the gig so I could borrow the use of the shower and get myself cleaned up for the gig (I work in a kitchen during the day so it can get quite messy!)

I don’t know what else I can say much about the gig really everyone was awesome I had a lot of fun the crowd was lush and there were two really great photographers there so I shall be stealing some watermarked photographs of theirs to she you and  also provide you with their Facebook page links.

I was playing alongside Tony Bengtsson, Lost in The Crowd, Pete Shaw and Bruce Carmichael everyone performed great and there was also lots of sillyness and fun going around as well  Also  I joined Lost In The Crowd up on stage for a cover of Little Lion Man and now some  phone photos. After that some  actual professional photos!

  • A view of the room from the mic
  • My music set up
  • "Stick with me through thick and through thin and I'll drink whisky while you sip gin"- Happiness is only real when shared- The Gentleman Busker
  • Dionne and Bruce Carmichael
  • Dionne and Bruce Carmichael
  • Pete Shaw and Tony Bentsson
  • Pete Shaw
  • Pete Shaw
  • Pete Shaw and Tony Bentsson
  • Stage side selfie and sticker territory marking
  • Tony Bentsson
  • Tony Bentsson and a rather excited Matt Hermon of Lost in the crowd.
  • Tony Bentsson
  • Tony Bentsson
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Myself and the lovely Rosa
  • Gentleman Busker Lager coming soon!
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Lost In The Crowd
  • Sticker territory marking
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics
  • Gentleman Busker Sticker Antics

Emma Lawton  Photography Facebook link                                                                       Mikey Anderson Photography Facebook link

16th June

So I decided to go and do some busking… but this time IN DURHAM!!! I had a really nice sunny day for it and took some photos for you all. After coming back to  Newcastle I was taken to a cool bar called Nectar which had a  Darth Vader disco ball and Bill Murray mural. I then performed at The Market Lane for their open mic night here’s some photos.

 

  • My gigging/busking gear
  • ON ROUTE TO DURHAM!
  • Just got off the train to Durham
  • Durham is pretty
  • Durham is pretty
  • Durham is pretty
  • Setting up for the first spot of busking
  • The view behind me on the bridge where my first busking perch was
  • Setting up for busking perch number two at the square
  • Broken string and no spares means that's busking done for the day.
  • I caught the sun a bit SUNBURRN!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • Darth Disco!!!
  • BILL FREAKINNNG MURRAAYY!!
  • Performers at The Market Lane Open Mic
  • Performers at The Market Lane Open Mic
  • Performers at The Market Lane Open Mic
  • More Gentleman Busker sticker antics
  • More Gentleman Busker sticker antics
  • More Gentleman Busker sticker antics
  • a small flag tag on the way out
  • DARTH VADER FOLLOWED ME ON TWITTER!!

17th/18th June

Not a lot to say here open mic at Bar Loco on the 17th open mic at Osbournes bar in jesmond on 18th here are some pictures.

  • Performers at Bar Loco Open Mic
  • Performers at Bar Loco Open Mic
  • Me performing at Osbournes Open Mic
  • Sam & Jake performing at Osbournes Open mic
  • Sam & Jake performing at Osbournes Open mic
  • Sam Bosworth performing at Osbournes Open mic
  • Jake Houlsby AKA Suntrapp performing at Osbournes Open mic

26th June

And now we come to the final gig of June, it was my first time performing at Bubbles Bar in Ashington and my my was it a fun gig, I had my technical difficulties like one of my strings snapped in the middle of my set, but if you pretend it doesn’t really matter it won’t ruin the show for the crowd. I still had lots of fun and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. After my  set the mighty Death to Indie rocked up the show with their energetic enthusiastic rockin punk rock awesomeness I loved it they were great! A massive thanks to Bubbles, A massive thanks to Death To Indie a massive thanks to the crowd and finally a massive thanks to

Jay  Dawson over at Shutter Online for this lovely gallery of beautiful pictures he took of me playing and for creating this lovely gallery up on the Shutter Online website here is the link please do go and check it out! http://shutteronline.co.uk/gallery-the-gentleman-busker/

 

So yeah that’s it for this first entry on my blog thanks for

reading and viewing the pictures have a good one stay safe

Much love

The Gentleman Busker