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GUEST,Strummin' Steve Gigging On A Train (35) Gigging On A Train 30 Nov 09


Ever played on a train?..it's not like your average gig! Along with Richard Silvester (fiddle & harmonica) and AJ (bodhran & shakers) & myself on guitar & strummer (collectively known as The Delta Dogs) we played on the Poacher music train on Thursday evening 26th November,which goes from Sleaford Station to Batemans Brewery at Wainfleet and back again.
So you need to steady your footing or lean against the seats as you gradually make your way up and down the carriages playing your music,occasionally breathing in to let someone past! Trains make noise so best to go for your louder material in what is busking on the move. Picture walking along a shakey bridge at high speed. Set lists are out the window and mind you don't get poked in the eye by a fiddle bow! I got so engrossed in playing that I didn't even notice we stopped at Boston station. All great fun and a different way of interacting with a captured audience. Beer is served on the train so that all adds to the ambience. I'm sure you can picture the scene. We arrive at Wainfleet ,walked a couple of hundred yards to the brewery,played some more while people ate & drank at the brewery. Walked back to the station,the train is a few minutes late so out come the instruments for a quick couple of songs on the cold platform. All back aboard the train for the reverse journey playing all the way! Quite a night and one to remember.The whole sheebang lasted from 7pm till around 11 pm followed by a short drive home to Nettleham. Happy days!


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