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Saturday 26th November 2011 - The Bay Inn, Dalgety Bay

The last few gigs here had been pretty uneventful, with an unresponsive crowd.  I was all geared up for my usual "imaginary gig" (this is where I imagine in my head that I have a huge crowd who are all listening and having a great time, and I perform accordingly).

I didn't need to tap into an imaginary crowd though, as they were all well up for a good night out.  The bar could have been a bit busier, but the people who were there were lively and appreciative.  I even dusted off my version of Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five", and they enjoyed that, along with a few other cheesy country tunes.

I had a good night.  I hope the next time is the same, but only the punters can decide how much they are gonna enjoy themselves. I can only do my job.  My job is much easier if they are eager to have a good night though..

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Saturday 17th September 2011 - The Bay Inn, Dalgety Bay

It's unusual to get two consecutive gigs where you struggle with energy.  Maybe it was just me, but it was damned hard to get anything out of the crowd at the Bay Inn. They seemed to be dancing along and singing all the words, but I think they must've got me confused with the jukebox.  I say that because there was pin dropping silence in between songs, with a dozen pairs of eyes looking at me. Despite my wee "jokes" (which can be a bit dodgy), there was pretty much zero response until the end of the night, when about half a dozen people told me they had enjoyed my singing.  ERM HELLO??!

Saturday 5th March 2011 - The Bay Inn, Dalgety Bay

Another quiet night at the Bay Inn.  It's a lovely place, but could do with everyone "phoning a friend".  I sometimes wish I was one of those singers who brings all their friends along with them.  But "Norma nae-pals" here has friends who are mums and dads, and who are either home with the kids or out on the town. So it's always Al and me.  Ah well. Maybe next time I'll bring ma mum...

I must tell you how helpful and friendly the staff here are.  I am always greeted with a smile, and have a good bit of banter at the end of the night as Al is packing up.  It's just a pity there haven't been more punters.

Saturday 9th October 2010 - The Bay Inn, Dalgety Bay, Fife

The last time I did a gig here there was a funeral, so I was curious to find out what a normal night at the Bay Inn would be like.  I was set up in the bar area again, same as last time. 

There was a steady flow of punters for the whole night, some of which sat down at the table in front of the speakers, and then moved when the music got too loud for them.  I try to keep the volume down guys, but to fill the whole room there has to be a certain level of music. And sitting right in front of the speakers is not advisable if you have delicate ears.  The bar has many nooks and crannies, and a huge pillar in the middle, so setting up sound can be a bit of a challenge at the best of times.

That said, I had a pleasant evening, with a fair smattering of applause and good natured nods throughout.  My last set is always my favourite, as I get out my good ol' fashioned rock material - which pleased the bar staff no end. 

This is a friendly and welcoming pub, and you should go that wee bit out of your way to visit.  I hear the food is good too...


Saturday 17th July 2010 - The Bay Inn, Dalgety Bay

I'd never been here before - in fact I don't think I've been anywhere in Dalgety Bay apart from the "Play Planet" kid's place. The Bay Inn is a well kept secret in fife, I reckon.  It's really nice inside, and the menu looks lovely. 

I was set up in the bar area, just to the right as you go in. With a wee shuffle of seats and tables there's plenty of room to set up, and the people who were in were really friendly. They did ask the time honoured question - "Is it karaoke?" - to which I tried not to make a face whilst telling them politely, "No, I'm a singer". 

Unfortunately there had been a funeral in the town that day, and many of the people who were in the pub had been there.  They asked me for a special request in memory of their friend, which I was happy to do.  It is a strange feeling singing a song and the crowd being so moved by it. I hope I did it justice.

As most of the people were understandably tired and ready to go home, the pub cleared considerably during my second break, and I found myself singing to only a few people and the bar staff. They seemed to enjoy what they were hearing, and I had a good ripple of applause between songs.

I hope to be invited back to perform again.