Visions of Paradise

This Thursday (18 August) — arrghh! that’s tomorrow!! — Mike Jeremiah and I are singing in a Fringe concert at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, at 22:30.

Directed by (yet another) ex-NYCer, Will Dawes, the Edinburgh Camerata will be performing Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Op 9, Knut Nystedt’s Immortal Bach (1998), Krzysztof Penderecki’s Stabat Mater, with Simon Nieminski on organ.

Tickets £5.00 from the Fringe office, or on the door.

Reviews: Steve Lawson, parts 2, 3 and 4

Well, since blogging last I’ve been to Steve‘s show three further times, including last night’s final show of the run.

Jane came along to Sunday night’s gig (*****) — that was my review score of the evening, not some random expletive! — and was especially moved by “For Eric” a track that Steve wrote for his friend Eric Roche. Every now and then, watching Steve’s bass antics, Jane would turn to me and mouth “Wow!” The show ended with Steve duetting with (fellow ex-NYCer) saxophonist Andy Williamson.

Monday night, Steve was beginning to look really tired (****). The audience were great, however. I got to sit on the otherside of the stage and watch the banks of pretty, flashing lights from his looping rack units, rather than his magic fingers and fretboard action. Another ex-NYCer, Mike Jeremiah, came with me to the gig.

Last night (******) was a sold out show — they were turning people away at the door — and although by this point Steve was looking utterly exhausted the crowd really gave Steve a boost, taking his playing and humour to new levels. It was the best set of those that I’ve attended.

Steve and Cath are leaving Potting Shed HQ shortly — I can hardly believe it’s been nearly two weeks that they’ve been here — and I’m quite sad that our ‘midnight mice’ are going. It’s been great fun to have them around, and they’ve become two really good friends.