Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Keep right on....

To the end of the road.  And it was at the end of the road that the Desperates set up on Sunday 17th July 2016.  We were invited to play at the Totnes Canoe Festival again where we've played in various locations and various weathers.

This year the weather was fine - in fact the first day of a mini-heatwave that will probably constitute the best part of the summer this year.  And we were located more or less at the far end of the festival - only the wellie wangling was slightly beyond us.

As a result, the audience wasn't the biggest we've had but swelled to eight or so at times.  They valiantly supported us and even had a go at hula-hooping in time with the music.  As a river cruise boat approached, we thought we'd have some more appreciation for a few seconds.  And then the generator stopped.

Well, it's all part of life's rich tapestry.  While most of us sheltered from the sun in our teepee, Rich on alto sax stood out the front; truly dedicated to his art.

We must also thank Steve who played bass for us at this gig and the one at Bigbury golf course on the 24th June.  As our "outdoor bassist", he has stoically withstood a drafty, chilly outing on the golf club patio, and now a gig at the far end of a festival watched only by squirrels and wading birds.

Next time out for the Desperates is Sunday 4th September for a jazz lunch at the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock.  Our regular bassist Mick will return, and although our clarinet player has other commitments, we'll be joined by our favourite pianist, Pete.