Jools and I went to see Ian and The Lamington Drive Orchestra (and yes this is the infamous MFI Ian for those of you who came in late). Needless to say I had my bag of toys with us and for once all our tech worked.
This is one of those priceless moments where you get to capture a performance that while it was not one of the performers best it WAS one of the highlights of the night.
Enda Kenny joined Ian and The Lamington Drive Orchestra on stage for a song that had been written in response to some really really really stupid Victorian Govt. legislation that requires music venues to have security guards (mainly I suspect so that all the small venues will close down and their mates at the casino will be the last venue standing – but that would be me – I may be cynical but it doesn’t mean I’m wrong – I digress)
So here it is, rough around the edges, a PA that was struggling to keep up, a song that had never been rehearsed before and so far from perfect that there is a gap bigger than the governments credibility on defending the arts, the musicians and the communities who are lucky enough to still enjoy the pleasure of a night down the local.
And for all it’s imperfections I love it.
Leave Our Gigs Alone [audio:LeaveOurGigsAlone.mp3]
You may recognise the tune but it is really totally different to that other song.
Recorded on the ZoomH4n and there will be some other highlights from the gig posted later.