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Nick @ The Steamer, IOW - Mar 21 2010

Discussion in 'On Tour' started by HarperPR, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Sunday March 21 2010

    The Steamer
    18 The Esplanade
    Shanklin
    Isle of Wight PO37 6BS

    01983 862641

    8pm

    £: TBA

    Support: TBA

    www.thesteamer.co.uk/
     
  2. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

  3. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    No, I know. It has been mentioned. But this is full steam ahead!
     
  4. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    I think someone needs to update Nicks www tour list with The Steamer as it's still showing The Bargemans :wink: We're only 3 weeks away so it might be prudent to update if possible. :D
     
  5. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb


    Have reminded! :wink::closedeyes::)
     
  6. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Linn, are you at this one?
     
  7. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Are there any flyers that can be posted around town for this one? :D
     
  8. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Are you there now? Let me have a word at t'Inn. Have you been to it?
     
  9. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    I live here, so yes I'm here now :D

    The Steamer is a popular Sunday afternoon spot, right opposite the beach too. I haven't had a night out there, but it looks sizeable and is on the busier side of the island so a good catchment area.
     
  10. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Looks like it's a freebie! At least it's being advertised as such - more beer for me :D (or the album if there's one for sale!)
     
  11. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Have a good time tonight, Trav. Try and get some pix! You were talked about last night - as 'my man on the island'! - as I was talking to Tank about your updates etc.
     
  12. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    I am about to leave now, catch some rays and 'beer droplets' before the sun dips :D

    I haven't seen Adrien since I left in 2007, give him my regards; I was hoping to make it to Kyps recently but I'm still shipwrecked for now. No photos tonight either, I'm travelling light as it may involve a long walk back (unless I am lucky), must be at work early as it's my first day... :D I hope I'm not too Harpered out! (but that wouldn't be bad thing!)
     
  13. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Adrien?? Have you dropped Mr Audioporn into the proceedings or did you mean Tank, who's not Adrien?! In which case you have seen him as he was at the Marlborough gig that night, remember? And you will see him tonight.
     
  14. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Hah... I mixed an album (Tank) with a person, maybe he should have a proper name then! :D :wink:

    I'm not sure to whom you are referring though, we met a few at Marlborough; wasn't there a 'Moose' too, or have I mixed that up as well? Or is Moose Tank?

    Gig list to follow, I have to get to work now!
     
  15. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    There is a Moose too. He was there as well. Tank was driving Nick...remember right at end when getting cab for your friend and there were just a few of us left? Tank was one.

    Eager to hear how last night was. Big crowd in?
     
  16. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Ah.... yes, I recognised him and we talked a little, but I was under the impresssion his name was Steve... or is that me? Well anyway, there were raised eyebrows of recognition and a little snatched conversation, I would have liked to have talked more (he's a nice chap) but tempus fugit etc...

    As for the gig... Well, I walked into the Steamer and was a little surprised to see the stage was in a corner and that there was a birthday party group with children eating and celebrating right in front of it. Balloons were floating around on tinsel, it all looked a quite festive, but was I too early? were they going to rearrange the furniture? The stage was in front of a number of tables, most of them taken by diners, however the bar was on the other side of the pub, and from there I thought I would be stuck with 'the drinkers', unable to even see the stage due to the columns and layout.

    I asked a chap behind the bar if there was any kind of plan for the evening? whether they were going to clear the floor or re-arrange things? but he just said there was 'nothing I can do' so I remained rather puzzled as to what kind of gig this would turn into. I turned up expecting a typical Nick gig, the birthday party group were about to get a little (or a lot) more than they were expecting!

    Fortunately, a table had been reserved and was still vacant, so I joined a couple there and gradually other people came and sat alongside. We asked about the reservation and apparently it had been cancelled, or the guests had left, so suddenly we all had a really decent position, up front by the stage. Nice.

    I didn't count the number of people there but, having glanced around, I would have thought around 50 would be a reasonable estimate. About 25% of them appeared to have come out for a meal rather than to see Nick play. Of the people I did talk to, some knew of Roy, some knew Nicks music, but I don't think I met anyone who had seen Nick play before.

    The gig began with Michael Champion http://www.myspace.com/thebuddleinn (I think that's the correct link) a local lad who played some of his tunes to a (mostly) attentive audience. I thought some of his lyrics were quite interesting. Those I sat with knew of him from other venues and gigs on the island. A bit of a local talent, he also plays / played in a band.

    Nick walked on stage in black shirt, a rather natty pair of pointy shoes and launched the evening with Two Way Thing. It sounded a little different to me, the guitar was different somehow. I'm not a musician so it's hard to explain exactly, to my untrained ears it sounded a little 'slowed down', maybe that's all it was. Still, it was a nice opener and nice to hear a song I'm familiar with played in a less familiar way.

    Shadowlands came next and put a smile on my face. I had Nicks first two albums sent over to me in NZ when I was living there ('96) and those songs are interwoven with memories of a very contented period of life spent living in a rather nice house on a private beach, with a rather attractive young lady... sigh :biggrin: Again, the guitar work seemed different, I couldn't tell if there were more chords being thrown in, or if Nick was playing a pared down version... either way I was drifting, nice.

    Nick made apologies for his voice and drank some 'medicine' to warm things up a bit. I think the previous night might have been responsible (Lynn! :wink:) but there were moments when I felt for him as it did seem like hard work!

    Evo followed, then The Field of the cloth of Gold, and then Blood Song again it seemed slower, and finished with a great bit of 'extra guitar' from Nick. Simple was next - Nick giving the guitar a good 'thrashing' during that number!

    Then came Blue Sky Thinking, Radio Silence, In Our Time, Aeroplane, The Verse That Time Forgot. I looked around and could see that people were impressed by what they were seeing and hearing, big smiles and wide eyes. The birthday party table had been a little noisy, HP sauce bottles smashing on the floor and loud laughs over quiet parts of songs, but to be fair they came for their party and the music wasn't a high priority for them. Being the professional he is, Nick handled it very well but I know that they were blown away by what they saw, as they said so when they left. They seemed more sober when they left too, 'shock and awe' perhaps :wink:

    Nick talked about 'Love, Hope, Strength' and sang Imaginary Friend a lovely song (IMHO) and then lifted things a little afterwards with The Galaxy Song. Love Junky came next, Nick stepping off stage and onto the floor. I was trying to work out what was going through his mind as he stood opposite, he seemed to be looking for something. His shoe on the stool next to me and another on the table infront of me provided the answer. Stepping up onto the table, Nick proceeded to work his way around the pub whilst playing and, of course, at this point everyone was 'on side' and thoroughly enjoying themselves! A string break had Nick singing a line, whilst a lady from the audience rummaged in his guitar case for a spare. Re-strung, Nick finished and people stood to applaud.

    One of the 38 and Silly Daddy were the encores and the only songs from the new album to be played. Nick closed with By My Rocket Comes Fire. It surprised me a little to not hear more songs from the new album, but I thought Nick chose a great set to play, and it contained a really good mix of tunes. It was really nice to hear some older ones too.

    Outside after the gig, everyone I spoke with was buzzing, no one disappointed and I am sure Nick has a few more fans on the island :wink: I have nothing but respect for the way Nick managed with the venue, the people who had not specifically come to see him, and the bar staff who came around collecting and chinking glasses at the end during the encore.

    I'm not sure I'd bother going to The Steamer again for a gig (unless it was Nick!). I think he should have played The Bargemans in Newport (or the Quay Arts Centre) but with a bit more promotion, I think he could draw a reasonable crowd. The 'problem' here is that unless an artist is known, the potential audience is limited. Generally speaking, people don't come from the mainland for a gig in Shanklin, and Southampton or Portsmouth are probably a little too far away for Islanders.

    Of course what Nick should do (IMHO) is play at some of the festivals here. In that way he'd be exposed to (i) a larger local audience (possibly building up the island fan base more), and (ii) to those from over the water... 2 birds with one stone.
     
  17. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Very good description of the place. I was feeling it whilst reading.

    Yes, Steve is his name and yes Steve is yours too, Trev, and mine is with a i not a y!! After all these years you y me suddenly, ha!

    Was it eyebrows raised in recognition when he thought RP had just entered the building?!
     
  18. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    y not? I was feeling kreativ. :D
     

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