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Saturday 14th December 2013 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

This tiny bar was full of people, and we had to ask the bar staff to clear a space for us to get in!  There was a Xmas party going on upstairs, and many of the people in the bar were waiting to go up.  The back room was full of people out for a bit of karaoke too, so it certainly was a full house.

They were a bit quiet again with regards to applause, but that's Fife for ye..

Saturday 20th July 2013 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

Another night of loud chatting and the sound of one hand clapping.  You really have to dig deep on these nights and remember the gigs and nights when people are raving about your act, just to get through to 12.30am.

I understand that this is a busy pub and people are out to enjoy themselves and meet with friends, but it can be difficult as an entertainer when you turn up your PA and the chat level gets louder to compensate. It's easy to get stuck in a loop of "turn it up, turn it up" until things are so loud you can't think.  So I tend to take it so far and take it that if people want to listen, they will.

 Saturday 30th March 2013 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

Ah Wee Jimmies.  A funny night tonight - people were there, I'm sure.  I mean I saw them there, and I certainly heard them - the noise level in the wee bar area is unbelievable!

But they didn't see or hear me, or so it seemed.  I felt I might as well have put some money in the jukebox and sat down for a drink.  All singers around the pubs and clubs have come across this at some stage, and we all have to chalk it up to experience...sometimes you really are just background music.

One notable occurrence was a low flying woman who took it upon herself (or gravity did) to fall onto my PA system.  It's not cheap, and I had to work hard for it.  So can I ask that if you are out and your friend has had a bit too much of the good stuff, please steer her away from any expensive equipment or even better phone her a taxi and take her home for a cup of tea and a nice wee sleep.

I do have all of my gear insured, and also have public liability insurance, but I'd rather not have to claim cos your mate was too merry to stay upright.  Thanks. 

Saturday 8th December 2012 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

Another stonking night at Wee Jimmies.  The usual Fife crowd though - no applause til the last half of my three halves (I know...).This place is always packed to the rafters, and tonight was no exception.  There was a Christmas party going on upstairs, and I was pleased to see my old pal John, who came down to see me (or was it to get away from the party???). Anyhoo, thanks for the drink John.

Saturday 1st September 2012 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

Wee Jimmies.  What a place!

This was Dave's first outing to Wee Jimmies, and he performed well, giving me a bit more room to manoeuvre in this wee set up space.  I had to warn a few people though, cos he looks like a pillar, and quite a few people were going to lean on him before I let them know in no uncertain terms that he cost a lot of money, and unless they were feeling flush, please don't break him.

Yes, it appears that I have gone completely mad and named my PA system.. His name is Dave and he takes up less room than I do.

This was a brilliant night as always in Cowdenbeath, but it could have been better for me if I'd had a wee bit of applause now and then...Just sayin, Cowdenbeath..

Saturday 26th May 2012 - Wee Jimmies,Cowdenbeath

Being squished in the corner of a busy pub can be a bit daunting, but Gwen, one of the lovely bar staff in the pub, had been able to clear an area for us before we got there, as things were a bit quieter than usual due to the good weather.  I must say it makes a difference to come in and not have to shuffle around a dozen people up a bit along with their drinks. 

Tonight was a bit of a mixed bag, with some applause and some quieter times, but a good one for me nonetheless.

Saturday 21st January 2012 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

A relatively busy January is a good thing for an act these days, as all too often pubs and clubs struggle to get people through the doors after the busy Christmas period. 

When we entered Wee Jimmies, we immediately noticed loads of empty seats, and thought the worst.  However, as it got closer to starting time the bar started to fill up, and the place was pretty much full by the time I started.

The crowd were up for a laugh, and it looked like one table had been having a "good time" well before I got there. I had a good bit of banter (which, as you know, I like).

Most enjoyable.

Saturday 30th July 2011 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

This was a quieter night at Wee Jimmies - perhaps because a lot of people were away on holiday.  The usual wee space in the corner was empty when we arrived, and Al made sure to give me a bigger "footprint" than usual.

The night got busier and I was glad of the extra room as people squeezed themselves into the pub.  Many of the younger folk who came in made their way through to the karaoke bar, but a few stopped to have a listen. 

I must admit to being a bit self indulgent, and I went through all of my Adele songs, just to try them out them in a live setting. They seemed to go down well, so that was good. 

I was a bit tired towards the end, but then we had been preparing to go away on holiday - and you all know how much organisation that takes!  I'll be back in a couple of weeks refreshed and ready to rock!

Saturday 26th February 2011 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

I am always amazed at this wee pub. Well I say wee pub, but there's a bar, a karaoke lounge and a function suite.  I'm always in the bar though, and it's always packed.  So packed I have sometimes had to go outside and round into another door to go to the loo! It's either that or a dozen "excuse me"s on the way.

This was a cracking gig, full of people my age or older (the karaoke bar was full of younger folk), so my kind of music was also their "cup o tea".  An easy night. The only problem we have at this venue is getting in and out, and the lack of dance floor.  Getting in means asking a loooong row of people to all shuffle up and move themselves, their tables and their drinks.  This is never easy at the best of times, and when people have been out for a while some are not best pleased.  Having said that, I worked in pubs and bars for a while, so I know how to approach people to ask. I'm by no means shy...

Our set up isn't huge, but it packs the wee performance area and leaves me no room to move about. We have to forgo our usual big lights and go with two smaller LED sets on the speaker stands. There is also a lack of dance floor space, so people dance very close to my mic stand and speakers.  Occasionally in that set up, you can get bashed into, so you have to be on guard.

That said, I had a great time, gave em a good mixture, tried out my new Adele track "Rolling in the Deep" (which I was asked to do again) and finished off the night with some old school rock - a bit of GnR and Bon Jovi.

The only thing that let the night down was a woman who was a bit worse for wear who careered into me while I was singing.  I was not the only victim of her apparent inability to stay standing, and I must give credit to the bar owner, who made sure she left without too much fuss.  That's the sign of a well run bar.  Thanks guys.

Saturday 26th February 2011- Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

I am always amazed at this wee pub. Well I say wee pub, but there's a bar, a karaoke lounge and a function suite.  I'm always in the bar though, and it's always packed.  So packed I have sometimes had to go outside and round into another door to go to the loo! It's either that or a dozen "excuse me"s on the way.

This was a cracking gig, full of people my age or older (the karaoke bar was full of younger folk), so my kind of music was also their "cup o tea".  An easy night. The only problem we have at this venue is getting in and out, and the lack of dance floor.  Getting in means asking a loooong row of people to all shuffle up and move themselves, their tables and their drinks.  This is never easy at the best of times, and when people have been out for a while some are not best pleased.  Having said that, I worked in pubs and bars for a while, so I know how to approach people to ask. I'm by no means shy...

Our set up isn't huge, but it packs the wee performance area and leaves me no room to move about. We have to forgo our usual big lights and go with two smaller LED sets on the speaker stands. There is also a lack of dance floor space, so people dance very close to my mic stand and speakers.  Occasionally in that set up, you can get bashed into, so you have to be on guard.

That said, I had a great time, gave em a good mixture, tried out my new Adele track "Rolling in the Deep" (which I was asked to do again) and finished off the night with some old school rock - a bit of GnR and Bon Jovi.

The only thing that let the night down was a woman who was a bit worse for wear who careered into me while I was singing.  I was not the only victim of her apparent inability to stay standing, and I must give credit to the bar owner, who made sure she left without too much fuss.  That's the sign of a well run bar.  Thanks guys.

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Saturday 18th September 2010 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

After fighting my way into the wee space where I had to set up, this was a storming night.  This wee pub is a wee gem, and anyone thinking of a night out in Cowdenbeath would do well to pay "Wee Jimmies" a visit.  The pub caters for every age, with its karaoke lounge and main bar, where yours truly entertained the over 20s!  My mix of modern and classic rock and pop went down a treat! The night flew by, and I even had dancers! There's not much room to move in this busy bar, so well done guys!

Saturday 12th June 2010 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

Another excellent night at Wee Jimmies. I had previously wondered where everyone in Cowdenbeath went for a night out (when I played to just a few people in Partners a few times).  Now I know.  It obviously helped that some football thingy was on (The World Cup!) and the place had been busy from around lunchtime.

I was very happy to see an old friend of mine - John, who used to run The Central Bar in Lumphinnans.  He was very generous with the "fruit based fermented refreshment".

This place is always full to the brim with people, whether in the karaoke lounge or main bar area.  I had to go out the front door and in the side entrance just to get to the loo!

Anyhoo, my mix of material went down really well, and I had a ball...maybe I had a bit too much fun with my rock set, as I ended up with a sore throat for the next week..... 

Saturday 30th January 2010 - Wee Jimmies, Cowdenbeath

So this is where everyone in Cowdenbeath goes for a drink!  My goodness it's been a while since I saw a pub so full of people!  If you don't know anyone here at Wee Jimmies, you soon will after squeezing past them to get to the bar/toilet/lounge.  There was karaoke on in the big lounge, and a bar full of blokes and couples for me to entertain.  After negotiating a space at the window, Al worked hard to get the best sound possible, using our new (very heavy) speaker stands to raise the speakers up above the crowd.  We're still waiting for delivery of our angled tops for the stands, which will direct the sound downwards a bit. Watch this space..

I thought maybe the pub would get quieter as the night went on, but as people left their seats were quickly filled - you have to be fast in there!

The lounge area filled up very quickly too, and the lively sounds of Karaoke greeted me every time I went past.  This pub certainly has something for everyone!

The only thing lacking for most of the night was applause.  I saw the crowd smiling, singing along and tapping hands/feet and dancing about, but at the end of the songs - not a lot.  That's that Fife thing again.......

I hope to be asked back to Wee Jimmies, and look forward to meeting Gary and the rest of the staff again - they were very helpful and welcoming.  I'd recommend this pub to anyone looking for a lively, friendly atmosphere.

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