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Friday 15th August 2014 - Kinkell Braes Caravan Park

It was good to be back in full voice after being off last weekend.  Sometimes we have to just give in to illness and there's simply nothing we can do about it.  We're not machines, after all.

Anyway, it was a packed club on the night, and I was pleased to see such a great turnout on a Friday night - sometimes people are saving themselves for the Saturday. 

The highlight of my evening was being asked for my autograph!  Fame at last.  I finished a song to be greeted by a lovely, polite young man called Joseph, holding a sheet of paper and an orange felt tip.  Bless him!

Saturday 1st June 2013 - Kinkell Braes Caravan Park, St Andrews

I have literally no complaints about Kinkell braes.  The staff are great, they have stage lighting, and the folk are lovely. 

I spent much of this gig just chatting, which I tend to do more of these days.  Some may see it as a way to not sing so many songs (I'll give you that), but I like to add my own personality to a performance.  I am not a robot, and I am not a living jukebox, I am Joanie.  So Joanie is what you get.  Stupid jokes and weird observations, and the occasional bout of laughing at/to myself.  I don't pretend to be one of those shiny, polished performers.  I am me.

I talked to quite a few people during the gig, and i had a guy come and tell me that my performance of "Clown" by Emeli Sande was the first song he'd heard me sing "properly" all night.  It was 11pm at this point, and I'd been on for two hours.   I didn't take this personally, as I think he was trying to explain that the backing mix was a wee bit on the high side.  I took it on board,however, as we always look for ways to improve the act.

Having said that, he was sitting to the side of our LD Maui 28 line array system, which isn't the best place for sound. 

I did an acapella version of Janis Joplin's "Merceded Benz" after that, as risky move at a caravan park, but the crowd were well impressed. Phew!

Friday 25th May 2012 - Kinkell Braes Caravan Park

Caravan Parks can be a hit or miss, and the weather on this day had been lovely.  If I'd been at a caravan park, I might have been tempted to sit outside my caravan with a cold one, rather than venture indoors. But no, the place was relatively busy, and there was a lot of good response from the crowd.  I had a fair bit of banter (which, if you read my reviews, I always like), and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

Saturday 23rd April 2011- Kinkell Braes Caravan Park, St Andrews

Easter weekend at a caravan park is always going to be busy, and my goodness this place was HEAVING!  It reminded me of how pubs and clubs were when I first started this job, back in 2003.  The staff had to bring in another table and chairs, and there were a good twenty or so people standing!

The stage is now roped off, so I felt a bit like a museum exhibit, but I can see how the Health & Safety of the kids on site is the most important thing. It was actually quite nice to know that there was something there to stop kids coming onto the stage - after all, we're talking about a LOT of leads and some very heavy equipment.

All in all, a great night. Oh and a big HELLO to my mum, who came along.  Does her good to get out at her age.....lol.

Friday 16th July 2010 - Kinkell Braes Caravan Park, St Andrews

Two weekends in St Andrews, and during the Open Golf Championship!  This is a decent sized clubhouse, and last time is was relatively empty for most of the night.  Not this time!  It was very much standing room only by the end of the evening, and the crowd were up for a good night. 

Sometimes I find that, during a song, there is complete silence, and everyone stops to look in my direction - this can be a bit off putting during the song itself, but when it's followed by a roar of applause at the end, that's a good feeling.  This happened to me tonight, during my rendition of "Unchain My Heart" (You can download a previous recording at the bottom of this page).  The applause was amazing!  It's the biggest buzz you can get as a musician.

This caravan park is well worth the visit!  For anyone singing there, be careful of the wee gap in the stage carpet.  It's right in the middle, and it's just the right size for a heel to get caught in...I know...

Friday 2nd October 2009 - Kinkell Braes Caravan Park, St Andrews

Oh my goodness nothing has changed at Kinkell Braes!  It's been 4 years since my last visit, and I was wondering if I'd remember anything about the venue.  As soon as we turned the corner to park the car it all came flooding back. 

This is a good venue, and gets a crowd every week, even on a Friday night when most venues are quieter.  The crowd who were in for a meal grew and grew and gradually moved through to the main hall - and stayed!  Excellent!  I gave it my all - looking to impress on my first visit back.  i think I succeeded.

For any acts doing this venue, be careful up on the stage as there's a seam running through the middle of it - my heels disappeared at one point.  You soon adapt though, so it's not too bad.

Friday 27th August 2005 - Kinkell Braes, St Andrews 

This caravan park was quite busy last time I was there. Not so this time - although I understand there were around 40 people in there, the place is so big it doesn't look much.

I tried out a good few new songs that night, and was happy enough with them.

Hi to the ladies from Fauldhouse, one of whom asked for a card. They kept me going for the first half, and sang along to every song.

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