Last night at Whistlebinkies, Joy had our first gig since myself and my friend Scott Jamieson joined the band. It was the rest of the bands first live outing in several years so there was plenty of good reason for everyone to be playing! We were on stage at 9pm and we played a 40 minute set of original music written by our bandleader Harry J. Brown, as well as one cover – “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome.
As can be expected from a first gig, there were a few untidy moments which I may have to take some blame for, having missed the last rehearsal due to my Video Shoot on Sunday. However, we recovered without much problem as we are all experienced musicians, and the chances are not too many people noticed. It’s definitely something I will be hoping to reduce by the next gig though!
The setlist was as follows:
01 – Tearing At Our Souls (Harry Brown)
02 – I Was Always Told (H. Brown)
03 – It’s Never Too Late (H. Brown)
04 – Joy (H. Brown)
05 – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome)
06 – Lend A Hand (H. Brown)
07 – Mother Nature (H. Brown)
08 – Make A Change (H. Brown)
09 – I’ll Be With You (H. Brown)
10 – What You See (H. Brown)
Overall I felt okay about my performance, but as my own biggest critic, I didn’t expect much else! Some of the solos were quite fun, others did the job but didn’t feel like anything special and one or two of them were unfortunately cut off just as I was getting into it. These things happen though, so I’m not too worried.
We had a pretty good turnout and a good response from the crowd on the night. I’m looking forward to the next one!