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Friday, April 11th 2014 - Cabaret - Laurel Bank, Markinch

I’m sure the PA was on.  I’m sure I was singing.  And I’m certain they were enjoying the music.  I saw them singing along and tapping their feet.  So why the silent treatment?  I have no idea.  Suffice to say it’s pretty disconcerting when you finish a rousing “Jumping Jack Flash” and are met with total..and..complete....silence.

Saturday, January 11th 2014 -  Cabaret - Laurel Bank, Markinch

It’s always a bit quiet at the Laurel Bank, but you can see that the folk there are enjoying the gig.  They’re just a bit shy to show it.

Friday 8th November 2013 - Laurel Bank, Markinch

There's not much I can say about the Laurel Bank that I haven't already said.  This gig was a wee bit different though, as I had a few musos in, requesting songs I haven't done in a while.  I'm not one to disappoint though, so pulled out my Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega for them.  My acapella version of "Mercedes Benz" was met with huge applause, which was nice.  I suppose in these days of autotune and effects all over the place it's nice to hear a song sung without any backing music, just simply sung.

Saturday 8th June 2013 - The Laurel Bank Hotel, Markinch

Performing where people have been eating can be difficult.  There's the physical act of setting up the PA equipment right beside someone enjoying a lovely meal, and the fact that the people who stay to listen have full bellies and not much room for any "refreshments".  This can mean a quiet crowd, which is what I had for the first two sets.

As usual, Fife came alive around 11.30, but that was just in time for me to do my third set, as I finished at 12.30, so I had dancers and lots of applause and requests during the third set.

Good stuff.  And the food smelled lovely too.  Must make a mental note to have a meal here sometime....

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Friday 8th June 2012 - Laurel Bank Hotel, Markinch

Someone must have awakened the people of Markinch, cos tonight was good.  Despite how busy the restaurant was, we managed to set up pretty much on time, again to the side of the restaurant.

There was applause, and people seemed to enjoy what I was doing. Just goes to show that no two gigs are the same, and you should never judge a venue on one gig alone.

I had a bit of a brain fart on the night, and forgot to bring my headphones to use in my in-ear system.  A quick rake about in the car turned up a spare pair, but they weren't really ideal for the job - I could hear the music okay but my vocal was muffled.  i had to return to my old "one ear in ear" method, which felt a bit strange.  I wonder if I felt a bit less isolated just using the one in ear?  hmmm.

Friday 16th March 2012 - Laurel Bank Hotel, Markinch

A not bad night in the Laurel Bank, but again I was set up on the floor to the side of the raised area.  I had a few ripples of applause from the table on the raised bit, but otherwise not a lot of response.  I wonder if some people thought it was the jukebox?

Anyway, it's good honest work and we get a "no bad" wage for it, so I shouldn't grumble...lol

Friday 9th December 2011 - The Laurel Bank Hotel, Markinch

This hotel is lovely, and the staff couldn't be friendlier.  I was surprised and pleased to see Debbie, previously from the Crusoe in Lower Largo, who is now the Assistant Manager here.  Sean, the manager, is really nice too, and the team all work really hard to make sure the place runs smoothly and everyone has a good time.

Unfortunately tonight I had no choice but to set up to the side of the usual stage area - the hotel has a good reputation for its meals, and the tables up top were all full up.  So Al set us up to the best of his ability, and we left the bass bin in the car.  We brought the equipment in around 9.50, and left it to warm up a bit before powering everything up - at this time of year that's quite important, as condensation and/or ice are not good for your speakers.

My three sets flew in, and I had a really good time in my last set doing some classic rock - my favourite!

Friday 30th September 2011 - The Laurel Bank Hotel, Markinch

This was my first time at the Laurel Bank, and I had no idea what to expect, other than a few singer friends letting me know about the set up area.  Thanks guys.

We arrived stupidly early, as is always the case for a new venue (this allows time to scope the set up area and decide on PA equipment, lights etc). It was a bit difficult to have a good look as there was still a table of people having a meal, so we sat up at the bar and spoke to the very nice bar staff.  It was a 9.30 start time, so I was understandably growing a little restless by the time 9.10pm came along and I was still sitting on my butt waiting for the set up area to be clear.  I was assured that it wouldn't be long until a decision would be made on whether I was to set up there or in an alternative position.

So I decided to go for the hint method of getting the table to drink their coffees, and started to prepare my laptop for the night.  In my haste I broke a pepperpot, for which I must apologise.

We finally got a clear window of opportunity at around 9.35, and Al got to work.  I was set up and ready to go by 10pm, which meant I'd still be giving them my usual 3 x 40 min sets, but with shorter breaks. 

And what a night! The wee dance floor area around me was rarely empty, and I had a ball. I dusted off my Lady Gaga and the new Maroon 5 hit "Moves like Jagger", which went down well.

The usual wee niggle though - two guys came up at the end and asked to sing.  Erm no. I was finished, and it is NOT A KARAOKE!  And of course I had the usual insistence that I should go on the X factor.  No ta.  I don't fancy newspaper reporters rifling through my wheelybins thank you very much...

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