Andy Broad's Blog PageRSS

Go Back To Home Page 
Click on the 'green' titles to expand and read a given blog entry, or click here to expand all blogs at once.

Monday 23rd December 2019 10:42:00
Friday 1st November 2019 17:47:00
Sunday 29th September 2019 10:07:00
Saturday 28th September 2019 10:07:00
Friday 27th September 2019 17:14:00
Thursday 26th September 2019 13:52:00
Wednesday 25th September 2019 20:13:00
Wednesday 25th September 2019 19:39:00
Wednesday 25th September 2019 14:48:00
Sunday 14th October 2018 11:32:00
Sunday 14th October 2018 11:07:00
Saturday 13th October 2018 10:35:00
Saturday 13th October 2018 08:40:00
Thursday 11th October 2018 13:31:00
Wednesday 10th October 2018 20:45:00
Thursday 2nd August 2018 13:31:00
Tuesday 7th November 2017 16:25:00
Monday 14th November 2016 15:28:00
Wednesday 7th September 2016 15:35:00
Sunday 10th July 2016 12:05:00
Friday 8th July 2016 07:02:00
Thursday 7th July 2016 14:39:00
Wednesday 6th July 2016 21:42:00
Wednesday 6th April 2016 19:46:00
Wednesday 6th April 2016 19:01:00
Sunday 26th July 2015 20:28:00
Thursday 23rd July 2015 22:03:00
Monday 20th July 2015 10:04:00
Monday 20th July 2015 10:04:00

Château de Colombières Views: 37349

So tonight's gig, much more of a concert really, took place in the Cour du Château de Colombières sur Orb, whch was a lovely setting for a gig if ever there was one!

We arrived just after 5:30pm giving me about and hour and a quarter to setup. A stage had been setup in the shadiest corner, which was great, the only thing that worried me about it was it was slightly high for me to step off if I went a wandering in the second set. Some slightly wobbly steps were found, so problem solved.

By the time 7:00pm came round the rest of the courtyard was mostly shaded by the surrounding buildings, and the audience started to fill up the seating that had been laid out. By 7:15 or so most seats were taken, time to play!

After a short intro from Lindsay my first acoustic set went well, sound was very good, a large tree stopped the courtyard from being too echoey, as did the reasonably sized audience! A couple of faces from Camplong, including Eric the Belgian, one or two I recognised from playing in Lamalou in earlier years, as well as many new faces.

The first set was well received, and I was better pleased with my attempts at french, but I doubt it was understandable! Plenty of people wanted to talk in the break, which is always a good sign, there seemed to quite a mix there, French of course, but also an Irish couple, and a couple from the States, who found the idea of going to see a blues gig in a small French village quite surreal, but were enjoying the music non the less, and of course many English (and at least one Scotsman).

To start the send set I decided to walk through the crowd and on to the stage playing the electric, the steps proved slightly wobbly, but I got up without mishap! On electric guitar this time as before and I got a few people dancing, before descending the wobbly steps again to perform a slow blues from B.B.King (How blue can you get), the loved it and immediately started clapping along as I transitioned into my own Mornin' Sun at the end.

Even better than the dancing a good proportion of the crowd sung along with Let The Good Times Roll my traditional last number, this is always a bit harder to achieve in France so I was well pleased with that. Finished up with Every Penny of the Deal for an encore.

After the concert tables were laid out an there was a meal for the for members of the association, myself included, Thérèse, the owner of the Chateau had cook a fabulous main dish for me, including aubergines cheese and tomatoes.

I think we had a little over 60 paying guests at the concert so quite a success on both side the money being shared 50/50 between the Association and myself. Many thanks to Lindsay and her husband Roger for all their hard work, and for their hospitality!

Next up Le Cheval Blanc, Plancoët, Brittany on Wednesday, but a couple of days exploring France first!

Saturday 18th July 2015 16:42:00
Thursday 16th July 2015 18:19:00
Tuesday 7th April 2015 11:33:00
Tuesday 13th January 2015 13:35:00
Wednesday 17th December 2014 16:18:00
Thursday 4th December 2014 13:19:00
Friday 31st October 2014 22:46:00
Sunday 20th July 2014 09:20:00
Saturday 19th July 2014 12:50:00
Wednesday 16th July 2014 22:33:00
Thursday 10th April 2014 15:58:00
Thursday 23rd January 2014 16:25:00
Wednesday 8th January 2014 18:51:00
Thursday 28th November 2013 17:25:00
Tuesday 17th September 2013 14:32:00
Monday 9th September 2013 19:57:00
Friday 16th August 2013 13:48:00
Thursday 15th August 2013 15:26:00
Thursday 15th August 2013 04:00:00
Wednesday 14th August 2013 15:16:00
Monday 24th June 2013 17:33:00
Monday 22nd April 2013 17:33:00
Wednesday 27th March 2013 18:57:00
Wednesday 20th March 2013 12:01:00
Friday 22nd February 2013 19:19:00
Tuesday 12th February 2013 16:37:00
Tuesday 8th January 2013 17:03:00
Thursday 8th November 2012 14:50:00
Wednesday 17th October 2012 11:54:00
Friday 7th September 2012 15:51:00
Monday 25th June 2012 19:53:00
Wednesday 13th June 2012 13:58:00
Tuesday 12th June 2012 15:09:00
Monday 11th June 2012 15:37:00
Saturday 9th June 2012 13:01:00
Saturday 9th June 2012 09:48:00
Friday 8th June 2012 14:55:00
Friday 8th June 2012 00:02:00
Thursday 7th June 2012 18:22:00
Wednesday 15th February 2012 17:55:00
Friday 13th January 2012 15:37:00
Thursday 13th October 2011 20:53:00
Thursday 22nd September 2011 17:55:00
Saturday 27th August 2011 01:04:00
Wednesday 10th August 2011 15:38:00
Friday 15th July 2011 15:37:00
Wednesday 15th June 2011 21:53:00
Sunday 12th June 2011 12:51:00
Wednesday 8th June 2011 13:57:00
Wednesday 25th May 2011 14:02:00
Wednesday 18th May 2011 16:41:00
Wednesday 20th April 2011 16:49:00
Sunday 13th March 2011 11:00:00
Wednesday 2nd February 2011 18:11:00
Friday 7th January 2011 13:03:00
Tuesday 16th November 2010 17:32:00
Saturday 6th November 2010 13:12:00
Wednesday 27th October 2010 21:53:00