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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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I think I may have taken this picture accidentally at a gig at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell the other day. The gig was unusual in that it was the day of the snow and all of the five other bands pulled out leaving us to fill the whole night... which we did mostly by faffing about uncertain as to whether to play at all. We did in the end with borrowed instruments and a depleted audience who were kind enough to cheer us back for enough encores to ensure we ran out of songs to play.

Anyway, unremarkable as this accidental snap is, I like because it reminds me of how much I love being an acoustic guitar player and singer. Gone are the days of lugging a brace of heavy, delicate, expensive and temperamental valve amps about, along with two electric guitars, bags full of cables, dozens of effects pedals, wires, power leads, spare valves, tools and batteries. I used to spend a significant portion of my monthly income on taxis to lug all of that crap about for sometimes two or three gigs a week. I was reliant on cabs, waiting for lifts from kindly fans and self appointed roadies and was often stuck hanging about till the end of a crap night to reclaim my own loaned-out kit. I don't think, in the middle of all that, I ever really let myself consider just how expensive, exhausting and thoroughly unpleasant the whole experience of gigging could be.

But now! Look at that accidental shoe-shot. That's my entire gig-going kit right there on stage. A lead, a tuner, a notepad and box of picks, my trusty Sigma acoustic and a pint of Doom-Bar. The whole lot (minus the pint) goes in a soft case on my back meaning I can cycle to and from rehearsals and gigs with ease and escape as and when the mood strikes. It's not quite the lost highway but it's a kind of freedom and i'm very happy with it. Simple things.
29th Dec 2010, 08:44  

Viv says:

simple can be very good

29th Dec 2010, 08:52

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