My most unusual tour has now been completed! I reversed the ticket model, and hoped for the best, and...it worked!!
If you don't already know, I booked 6 unique concerts, hired out the venues, and invited people to come to a free concert, with the option to make a donation if they'd enjoyed themselves. Trusting. Trusting that they will enjoy themselves, and give back. And they did! Take a picture walk through the tour... it turned out so well that I might make this an annual thing!
Starting out in Priddy, Somerset, this is my all female trio (featuring Tamsin and Ellie Mains) having magically but briefly turned into a woodwind band!
Following Priddy we had a pretty packed concert at Poulton Village hall near Cirencester! This is Pete Mannheim supporting me, who helped to organise this concert.
Oh yeah! Got in West Sussex County Times and the Chichester Observer too!
From there I went all the way down to Ashington (nr Brighton), where with the help of Dave Grout, Christelle and I performed on the stage you can see. This is her, a lovely local young singer!
Over to the glorious 700 year old St Lawrence Chapel in Ahsburton! Which I should have taken more pictures of really. This was me, on stage, with a quite extraordinary backdrop!
Alright this next one is not strictly a performance shot, but when in Rome...or on Dartmoor in this case...I had occasion to enjoy myself!!
While, fortunately, while I was healthy the whole time, illness upon illness beset my poor support acts and we had to keep replacing them last minute. I'll think twice about and Autumn tour next time!! At the final concert, Lena Laki was too ill to come to support, and although Hayley Carlyon (they other support act) was well, she was unexpectedly stuck in Faro! Eventually, she *just* made it at 8 for and 8pm start! Good on her! Performed a cracking set too!
And finally, this is me closing the final concert! Thanks to Tony Birch for this shot. Lovely to be at maximum capacity for the final show, and so wonderful to see so many old and new friends. Special thanks to Nicholas Hennel Foley for helping out with the sound!
Since it's been such a wonderful experience, and people enjoyed it so much, I think I'll do it again. What do YOU think? :)