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#project365 #38

Although technically it is not an actual photo I have taken, it’s still a picture. And a god damn exciting one.

After various messages to get someone, anyone, to join me on three nights of stunning entertainment, it has been sorted. Getting someone to join me at a Billy Bragg gig is not the easiest of tasks.

Bragg is playing at various venues over the course of the year with this 3 night extravaganza. At one stage it looked like a few days in Dublin. That was until looking at the cost of tickets, travel and accommodation, it would have been cheaper to go fully inclusive in some luxury Mediterranean resort.

So, it’s three nights travelling to and from Cambridge – all on various school nights. So who is joining me you ask? My brother. The only complication is that he lives in Hong Kong. But he is up for it. It appears my brother is equally obsessed with Billy as I am. Cushty.

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Frank Hamilton at Junction 2

Sunday saw a visit to Junction 2 in Cambridge to see the fabulous Frank Hamilton. Now I’ve been to the bigger brother, The Junction, a few times but this is a first for Junction 2. A cool little venue, about 200ish capacity, very swish, comfy seats and it’s even got its own little balcony level.

Frank was, as is usual, very good. Great set list of all the favourites including an impromptu visit to the balcony to play ‘Thinking Back’ unplugged. I’ve seen Frank a few times and every time it gets better and better, it sounded great on Sunday. On the back of #onesongaweek he seems to be catching the eye of a few people, new EP ‘Summer’ out soon and in the midst of another succesful tour. All seems good in the world of Frank Hamilton; long may it continue.

 

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Frank Hamilton @ Cambridge

Frank Hamilton @ ‘Man on the Moon’ in Cambridge

Last night I ventured to Cambridge for my first live experience of the fantastic Frank Hamilton. I was not disappointed.

I’ve been a fan of Frank’s work for a couple of years since I came across the track ‘You, Your Cat and Me’ via the internet. Since then I’ve downloaded various bits and pieces that Frank has released. Including his latest offering: a five-track EP – ‘Words and Nothing More’ (available on itunes).

Last night’s gig, at the ‘Man on the Moon’ in Cambridge was an intimate affair, and featured a collection of indie-folk tunes, showing off Frank’s musical abilities: guitar, keyboard, harmonica, even a bit of whistling! Frank Hamilton is a brilliant lyricist and manages to capture the innocence and naivety of a young man in his 20s growing-up. Together with beautiful melodies and his own unique ‘quirky’ voice – it makes for a great evening’s entertainment.

Frank’s set-list was a mix of old and new tunes, including a cover of the Smiths, and latest John Lewis TV advert, ‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’. Complete with the revelation that his version was in the running to make it as the soundtrack, but rejected for a ‘girl and piano’ – shame on you John Lewis.

Highlight of the evening – ‘Waking up at 3’ – great tune!

Funniest part of the evening – as Frank began to play the intro to ‘You, Your Cat and Me’ a girl strode to the front and demanded he played a request – ‘You, Your Cat and Me’ – very funny! Frank handled it very well and didn’t embarrass her too much.

Overall a great night! And on top of all that he is a really nice, down to earth fella! Top bloke!

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Project365 #344 – Man on the Moon @ Cambridge….

Venue for the fantastic Frank Hamilton.

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Project365 #212 – Last Night…

Last night at Cambridge Folk Festival…

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Project365 #211 – Me & Frank @ Cambridge Folk Fest

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Project365 #147 – Frank Turner

Today’s picture….waiting for Frank Turner gig to start……in a church in Cambridge!

More proof…..St Peter’s Church….

It was a great night, Frank was in top form as usual. Whilst out I also earned a GCSE in crowd participation and an A Level in air harmonica. The highlight of the night….Frank stepping away from the microphone and into the crowd with guitar whilst we all sang ‘The Ballad of Me & My Friends’…..”and we’re┬ádefinitely going to hell, we’ll have all the best stories to tell”….in a CHURCH!

New tune….’Peggy Sang the Blues’….