17th June - Derek King's Album Launch

What a great night at Liverpool Acoustic and Derek King’s album launch. It was one of those nights that reinforce why we play music. The atmosphere was great, we had fun playing and talking to old and new friends alike. If you have been to Matthew Street on a Friday night you know it can get a little intense. The View Two gallery is tucked away above all of the chaos and offers a little peacefulness in the middle of the craziness. I am surprised when people let us in, never mind give me a microphone in an art gallery. I hope I did not swear, but cannot be too sure. 

First up was a new one for me with Nicola Hardman playing. Nicola has a fantastic voice and her song “Little Fish” is one you need to hear. I think she is playing in Liverpool again in July so you need to get on that. 

Up next was our wee band, without Claire this time but with Decky filling in with backing vocals. He did his damndest but come back soon Claire, we need ye. We once again proved as a band that being in sync is just for dirty dishes but I think we had fun. Nobody liked the round table joke. Fans of Derek King clearly do not get such “sophisticated” humour! We ended with a bit of a singalong which was fun. I always get scared when it comes to crowd participation but you all sounded so pretty. 

The man of the hour was up next. It was the first time I had heard Derek play with a band. Stuart Todd donned the hat and shades taking up bass duty and the hugely talented Rachael Dunn sang along with him. Her voice added so much to Derek’s songs from both his first and second albums. The Seasons song is a particular standout and I am looking forward to sitting down and playing the full album later today. I hope everyone picked up a copy of the album, they were on the piano by the way. 

Thanks to Derek for having us, Stuart Todd for the sound and Graham Holland for all the excellent work he puts in at Liverpool Acoustic and in answering so many of my questions. Massive thanks to View Two Gallery for being an awesome hideaway on Matthew Street and a big “cheers hi” for everyone that came along and helped us get Seasons up and running with a good wee launch night. 

Streets of Belfast 
The way I'm thinking 
Thought I'd have learned 
Hometown boy 
This far at all 
Guiding light 

Next up I am off to Glasgow to play some songs by myself on Tuesday.

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  • John Jenkins

    John Jenkins Merseyside

    Lovely feature Gary

    Lovely feature Gary

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