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Saturday 30th November 2013 - Pettycur Bay Caravan Park

This was my last gig here for the foreseeable future, as I am no longer working with the agent that books this venue.  I'm sure I'll be back at some point in the future, but will have to see exactly when that will be.

The night itself did not bode well, as I was told by the bar staff that the previous week they sent the act home as there was no one to entertain!  I was ready for that eventuality, but needn't have worried. I had a crowd of around 40-50 people in!

Great stuff for my last gig!

Thursday 25th July 2013 - Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn

What a difference from last time!  There are a fair few workmen working on the new Forth Crossing, and lots of them are staying on or near the park.  And one of my friends from work came along with a group of her friends and family, which was good too.  Relatively quiet at the start, the crowd soon built to a sizeable audience and boy, were they appreciative! 

My wee girl came along with me and Al for this gig, and she and Al went home at 11, leaving me to finish the gig on my little ownsome!  No problems though, as the crowd stayed and applauded every song.

i even had a request to have my photo taken with some of the kids who were dancing and requesting dance tunes in the break.

This was one of those gigs you have to hold in your heart and imagination to use when you have a gig where no one applauds....

Thanks, guys!  MWAH!

Tuesday 31st July 2012 - Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn

This was the second outing for my new PA system, and my first time setting it up all on my own.

It's an LD Maui 28, a portable line array system designed for small to medium venues.  And boy does it do the job!  It takes up less space than I do! The sub part of the system is a bit heavier than a Mackie srm450 at 29kg.

I was a little bit worried about the sound to begin with, as I didn't have my trusty Al to have a listen for me. As it turned out the sound was good, as Al came in at the end of the night to help me pack up (I was working the next morning).

This was a quiet night, but the people who were there were very appreciative if a little quiet until the end of the night, when several of them came up to say it must be a shame for a singer to sing to a small audience. Well we singers take the rough with the smooth, and we quickly realise it's not the size that counts!

Monday 2nd July 2012 - Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn

It's hard to believe it's been so long since I played at Pettycur Bay.  Nothing much has changed, including the staff!

We set up in the usual corner, this time a bit further into the corner itself.  The restaurant was relatively busy, so i was asked if it would be okay to delay my start til 9.30.  No problem to me! Sometimes having shorter breaks is better, especially if people are apt to wander off during a break.

The crowd grew, and were very attentive during my three sets.  I'm not used to total silence while I speak, so I found I babbled a bit, but then again that's nothing new.  I used to try to be polished and professional in my introduction of songs etc, but soon discovered I'm better being myself, and having a good chat in between songs.  Sometimes the chat makes no sense, but hey, that's me...

A good night...I'll be back on the 31st July - that's a Tuesday!

Monday 2nd August 2010 - Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn

After a night off with a heavy cold, I was glad to get back to work at Pettycur.  The Waterfront Bar was quite empty at the beginning of the night, and I was told that last Monday was quite quiet.  We set up and were prepared for a small audience, only to find that most of the people who had come into the restaurant for dinner decided to stay!  They were very friendly, and I had some good applause throughout the night!

These are the nights when you feel best about your work - you're maybe not feeling 100%, and have had a couple of quiet gigs.  Then you find a happy bunch of people who enjoy listening to your dodgy banter and stay to sing and dance along with you.  I think they were happy with my mix of material, and most of them stayed until the back of 11, when many had to leave with their (very) tired kids.

So thanks Pettycur!  You perked me up no end, and made me feel good about my job.  As KT Tunstall says - "Suddenly I see - this is what I want to be!".  This job has its ups and downs, and this gig was definitely an 'up'!

Saturday 14th November 2009 - Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn

After a few times you get to look forward to this gig.  It's nice to play quietly in the corner now and then, and maybe sing songs you wouldn't normally get the chance to do.

I did my usual "3 halfs", and around 10.30 I made sure the diners were finished before getting down to some serious volume. The crowd were very responsive, and appreciated every song - which can make it difficult to decide which genre to choose! So I gave 'em a good mixture of material, and ended on "Sex on Fire" for good measure.  Definitely my kinda music.

A big HIYA to my friend Marina, who made the effort to come along and see me.  Much appreciated, hunny.

Saturday 6th December 2008 - Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn

The first time I did this venue (in the Waterfront lounge and restaurant) I was a bit shocked to find I was to be background music for the first part of the evening.  Needless to say my ego was such at the time that I was "to be heard".

My attitude has changed quite a bit since those early days, and I am now happy to provide whatever the customer requires, beit background music, casino stylee or a bit of good old rock and pop.

I arrived to find that I was not expected, but Catherine, the manager, allowed me to set up and go ahead.  I'm glad I did.  After my obligatory hour or so of lounge music (jazz, easy listening etc) I was able to move on to some of the more recent additions to my set - a bit of Amy MacDonald and Duffy to name but two.

I had  a ripple of polite applause all night, and I think the audience enjoyed my easy approach.  There was a Christmas Party going on upstairs, and a live band were belting out all of the greats.  Quite a few of the revellers were coming downstairs to use the 'facilities' and stopped to listen and chiil out before going back upstairs.

Thursday 16th August - Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn

I have done this gig a few times now and it is a lovely venue, on this occasion it was a bit on the quiet side. I don't take it personally though, I was warned that because it had come to the end of the season, the club had been a bit slow all week. It was actually a bit easier for me as the restaurant was quiet so I didn't have to keep the sound as low as on other visits. I have known it to be a struggle to make myself heard past the first row of tables because of complaints from the restaurant management.

The audience were a good mixture as they always are in holiday camps.. I watched a few families having to leave because of overly tired youngsters, but all seemed to have enjoyed my entertainment and at the end of the night I was greeted with lots of encouraging comments. Its lovely to think I have contributed to the guests enjoyment of their holiday.


Saturday 31st March 2007 - Pettycur bay Holiday Park

This gig is a gig of many moods for me.  It is rather frustrating, to say the least, to be performing in a venue and be told to keep the sound down so as not to annoy the people eating in the restaurant.  I ended up having an argument with Al in the first set because the people sitting about 10 yards away couldn't hear me!  Not a good start.  I have to admit to being a little (lot) cheesed off.

Nobody told me when I could take the sound up a level, as people were eating right through to 10.30, so I basically said "stuff it" (not my actual phrase, you understand) and cranked it up.  Waiting all the time for another complaint, I went on to do a dancy set, including Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Shine by Take That.  I then lost all inhibitions and went on to do a wee ABBA set.  I even had dancers!

Having said that, I found this crowd to be, on the whole, unresponsive during my performance.  This made it difficult to gauge what material to do.  So again I said "stuff it" (ahem) and went on to do a wee rocky set to finish.

At the end of the night, I had lots and lots of people come up to me to congratulate me on a good performance, and they all wished I was back soon. 

I am beginning to suspect an X-Files style thing happening as soon as you see that sign that says "Welcome to Fife".  I think alien beings come down and take away your ability to put your hands together. 

So to Fifers and `incomers` alike, I say CLAP FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

Saturday 4th November 2006 - Pettycur Bay Holiday Village, Kinghorn

I was a little(!) nervous about starting back after so much time off, but I needn't have got my knickers in so much of a knot.  My voice did me proud, which I put down to the care and attention it received during my month or so off. 

I also must admit to warming up for the first time !!  I learned so much during my time as a classically trained singer, you'd think I would have the sense to warm up before each performance!  But no.  The embarrassment of warbling away at scales and arpeggios in a pub loo may have been a factor.  I have decided that I now don't give a monkeys, and will warm up well before each gig.  I used to use the first section of my gig to warm up my voice.  This is fine if I can do my own thing, but not so fine if the audience demand slow songs from the get-go (see my review for the KUSI Club).

So thank you , Kinghorn, for allowing me to sing for you, and use you as guinea pigs.  You were very appreciative, and I must admit I had missed the compliments and flattery while I was off.  It's bad enough being off, but I felt really guilty for not fulfilling my gigs, letting people down and most of all not earning any money!  Self employment is no fun when you're ill! 

Saturday 13th November 2005 - Pettycur Bay Holiday Park, Kinghorn

I was sent here at the last minute to cover another act, and was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful holiday park, complete with a huge function room upstairs, and the lounge/restaurant I performed in was sizeable too!

The first half of my act was pretty much low key, as the restaurant was serving meals until after 10pm. I stuck to my quieter cabaret-type songs until after the break.

I was able to `crank it up` a bit for the second half, and was glad to see that a fair few people who had been dining had stayed to enjoy my singing.

The only downside to this venue was the heat - I was singing just above the location of their sauna, and was understandably as hot as a hot thing by the end. As a result I became quite dehydrated, and this may have had a knock on effect on my performance on Sunday.