But before I update you on those 3 gigs, let me tell you about my recent brush with royalty! At the beginning of the month I was chosen to perform at a fundraising event for Aid to Zimbabwe. Also performing was one of my influences Annie Lennox ( I do a cover of the Eurythmics song "Here Comes The Rain Again" on my latest album "Licorice Kiss") and if that was not enough, also present was HRH Prince of Wales. Here are a couple of snaps of the event. I was just a few feet away from Prince Charles himself!
|Prince Charles doing his "meet and greet" (Sadly I was in the 2nd row!)|
|The Queen's Retiring Room|
It was a lovely evening. It was the first of the sold out performances and took place in a beautiful setting. And George accompanied me on a bright red grand piano that was donated by Elton John. (I will resist making a joke about another Queen here.)
Next up was our gig at the Queen's Hall in Hexham. (Again the royal theme. This is getting spooky!) It was a very very long drive but so worth it once we arrived. The audience were lovely and very enthusiastic. Met some really warm and friendly people.
|Queen's Hall Arts Centre - So good to see they actually put my posters up!|
|We performed a request for the birthday girl on the left|
|Nice to see 3 generations out enjoying jazz|
|Audience waiting for us to start - A lovely lady called Jen and her friend|
Then we had a day off in Northumberland. It was pretty cold and rainy but that didn't stop us making an excursion to Lindisfarne aka Holy Island. A beautiful place - although think we could have appreciated it much more if we hadn't been battling the elements. There were so many scary "Danger" signs about being stranded on the island when the tide came in that I was worried that we would get stuck and miss our gig at the Maltings in Berwick that evening!
|Dave and one of those scary signs!|
|Dave, George and me - trying to look as if we're not being pelted by wind and rain...|
(Castle just visible in background)
|The Priory and graveyard|
|The beautiful entrance to the venue|
|Just loved the lights - had to take another photo!|
|Soundcheck after the lighting but before the tables were put out|
|Moody pic of Milo...|
|...and George during soundcheck|
|Some lovely audience members|
|And more lovely audience members|