My hobby/job sucks sometimes. I can handle the late nights just fine, but the morning after is a pain. The late bus home that takes nearly an hour and has the most convoluted route ever conceived – that’s a killer. The hours sat keywording and adding metadata and cropping and editing… urgh.
But it’s totally worth it when you get treated to the kind of quality guitar work I had tonight.
I could summarise things by saying Ryan Keen is a bit like Newton Faulkner, but a much better guitarist with a more sensible haircut. Indeed, he performed alongside him not too long ago at the Ironworks – to what I presume would have been a much larger crowd – but the smaller and more intimate setting tonight really suited him tonight. It’s maybe just me, but I seem to appreciate technical guitar playing far more when the artist isn’t five feet off the ground and three feet behind a barrier.
Alice Bentley was on support duty, and did a decent job of it. I think I previously noted my enjoyment of her cover of “Pumped Up Kicks”. I don’t normally pay too much heed to lyrics but I’ll assure you that’s changed after learning it was about a high-school shooting. It’s like the lyrics are hidden in plain sight.
In other news, I’ve also been working on another project in conjunction with artists of another variety. It’s a little personal project I’ve had in mind for a little while, something which I’d been waiting until I got a bit of time to do. Of course, now that I found that time I’ve had a fairly intensive six month course offered to me at work that I’d be daft to turn down...
Getting the time to continue it is going to be tricky, but it'll be when, rather than if I finish it. Watch this space…
More photos from the gig: