Mike's return to Lomond
Acoustica has mixed results
7.7.21 - You could
argue that winter is on the wane I suppose,
but it was chilly enough when Maria and I arrived at the Lomond Hotel
on Wednesday evening. Anyway, it was dark and we were cautiously negotiating
the ill-lit footpath to the pub when we were intercepted by the owner
of a deep but amiable voice, who turned out to be noneother than the
brains behind the Indelible String Band project, maestro Noel
We were pleased to see him, though I was somewhat surprised - I had
been under the impression that he was in Auckland, but it turned out
that he'd been turned back (twice) at the airport and his mission there
We'd managed to get the last available table sorted for the three of
us when sound-guy Ray Moon invited me to get set-up and sound checked.
Ray revealed that in addition to the new, (very high) and re-positioned
stage, a new audio rig with a new digital desk had
been installed, as well as an imposing bank of (new) digital
Well, I had my new Fender Telecoustic guitar to play with..
I'd left my specs at home (!) so to start off with I couldn't even locate
the power input in the back of my miniature guitar amp and was generally
more baffled at the end of the sound check than I had been at the start.
About half-way through the set I regained some presence of mind and
requested that my fold-back be drastically turned down - and once that
was effected I felt slightly more at ease.
But not completely.
Oh well. Brian Pieper, whose birthday it was, was very happy
that I'd played 'the Old Man song' (My Dad Said), and the rest
of the crowd certainly seemed happy enough (they demanded an encore)
and the Lomond Acoustica's main man, Rod Claringbould, asked me if I'd
like to appear there again somewhere along the line - and that's the