So it’s been a whirlwind week!
I thought it was about time to venture out into the realm of reality
Thanks to this amazing community, I have been taking part in the online open mics on here and somehow wasn’t put off by the simply terrifying experience. It has changed my perspective on learning and I am loving the process, anyhow, the thought popped into my head that it would be a good idea to try and find some local open mics or at least other musicians to jam with, I didn’t think there would be much going on around my end as it’s quite rural and out of the way. How wrong I was!
A quick search online pointed me in the direction of an open mic night in the tourist town of Keswick in the nearby Lake District.
Monday: So following the fine advice on here I rocked up, just to get the craic and had a great evening watching the performers of which all were on another level. I mean, there was one girl singing in Hindi - I can only guess following many years of travel…
To say I was intimidated would be an understatement. I stuck around to the end though and awkwardly approached who I thought might be a regular performer. It turned out he does regularly perform there but also hosts his own open mic in another venue on another night. I spoke to the on the night event organiser and explained that I was a bit put off by the high standards. He just smiled but did let me know of another more low key venue in which he hosts an open mic weekly in yet another venue. I said I would pop along at which point he told me he hoped I would fetch the guitar.
Tuesday: “I’ve done the online open mics” I told myself, my pedal board is ready to go with the fx pedal, good just to plug in and go. “I’ll put it in the boot”. And spent the rest of the day hastily practicing.
Turned up at the Farmers Arms pub in Portinscale, a small village just outside of Keswick, it was full of customers tucking into their dinners…
Although my set itself was a bit of a car crash, I think I’ve done the absolute right thing getting out there. There are other open mics to discover on the back of this latest and invites to jam nights with locals in the area.
The nerves absolutely wiped me out, but as with everything there was so much I learned.
I said I would be back next week, the organiser just smiled…