I have been so excited about today you cannot imagine!
An amazing prize Won at Glastonbury Youth Battle of the Bands from Orchard Studios in Barton St David, James & Charlotte THANK YOU.
Arriving early to be there for the musician set up. My guitar teacher kindly got me a bass player & a drummer. Firstly the band laid down drums, guitar & bass, I sang over so they knew the song Fields of Hope. We then went on to Highrise. We kicked back had lunch and listened to what we had laid down. Next it was time to put down some electric guitar and piano then it was me in the studio to get the lead acoustic, I’d broken a string so mum went back to get my spares & guess what? No E string! so used another guitar, finally the vocals. So much work goes into this the fine detail. Wow what a busy day, very rewarding and I was greatly supported by my family and the band and thank you once again to Orchard studios for the prize. They are mixing the track ready for it to be mastered.
Bath was heaving with the bustle of Christmas shoppers, as we made our way round the corner of the Abbey hearing a guitar this was my 1st stop of the day. North side of the Abbey by the fountain. Lots of firsts today having just bought my first amp to busk & gig with the day before I set up in a slightly windy spot. Lucky I brought sellotape too! So the mic & stand set up, check, amp on, check all plugged in check 12pm away we go…. After some adjustments it was sounding OK. Baptism of fire! I had an hour here, thanking people as they dropped coins into my case. I was mobbed by the med team whom I knew. I’m so glad it was not cold but it was windy, now I wish I had a radio mic to I could move about more. Next year I will add some Christmas songs seems to get the crowd going.
After a swift lunch at an Indian near by we moved on to Bath St near Primark. Totally different vibe, got on well with the stall holders one of which gave me £10 as he liked my music so much! So many amazing stalls with everything you can imagine for sale, great gift ideas. I really enjoyed this little spot shielded by the stalls from the wind. Swiftly moved on to the Abbey Green Arch, totally different acoustics and very transient. Did I enjoy busking in bath I would do it again after speaking to some of the Artists, there is a meet at 10am to decide who plays where. So you may see me there again.
I've been to Frome but not to the Sunday Market before. WOW, it was huge, colourful and buzzing with activity. I wandered round and found the stage in the middle of the bustling market. As I was early I decided to take some pictures with a loan camera which is very nice, so many interesting things, food stalls, artisan savouries, chocolate, bakers, stunning cakes, arts & craft stalls and food galore as well as a car boot style market near the Cheese & Grain, a good opportunity to look for gifts as it's that time of year. I think the Posh Kebab and the Chai tea stand were the best for me. Managed to get a gift for dad too!
Sound check time, the crowed stood about then I played. What a buzz the crowd was very welcoming some moving (as they were walking past as well as sitting). I could see my mum & sister handing out loads of leaflets in the street. It was great I was well received, it feels good that people like my songs I also spoke to some of the audience afterwards. The Buskers Stage have asked me back in a few months. I also got some busking money. Brilliant atmosphere and loads to see.
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!