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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Debut and procession

Wow.. what a weekend it's been!

Jamfolder's Debut Performance

I took a day off work on Friday to attend the annual get-together of contributors and audience of the BritishTech Network (formerly known as 'BagelTech') known as the British Tech Bash. The day had started extremely damp, with constant rain from early morning until late afternoon; fortunately the garden had been covered with a number of gazebos (either donated or bought for the event!) but there were still lots of drips everywhere.

Despite the damp, it would be impossible to name all the fine folk who turned up to the all-day party/podcast fiesta, but among them were such podcasting legends as Don McAllister from ScreenCastsONLINE, Will Green from British Mac and - of course Ewen Rankin (whose wife was extremely patient to put up with nearly fifty geeks invading her house!).

With this in mind, it was something of a daunting prospect to be playing music live in front of an discerning (yet hopefully friendly!) audience, especially since I've never really done that before. Ever. I am a member of Jamfolder, and we have written a couple of songs together already; this was to be their first public outing.. well, performed live anyway.

We also threw in a couple of other songs (cover versions, mainly) - we certainly made it to the end of the performance without too much damage, although, being my worst critic, I would have said the guitar could have done with being tuned again before I started playing it! I was so pleased to have had such a kind reaction from those forced to listen to us (I understand at one point a neighbour stuck his head out of the window, bemused at what he was hearing!), and, with my bandmate's kind support, I think we might actually try it again sometime...

Here's your chance to see what we looked like playing live - in our 'Jamfolder' t-shirts and everything! I would add that this was our opening song, and it didn't go quite to plan...

Luton Olympic Torch Relay

So.. that was Friday. Today (Sunday) was the day that the Olympic Torch came to Luton, stopping off on its way around the UK. We decided to welcome it to town - Beth's parents live not far from London Road, which formed part of the route, so we parked in their road and walked down to where a fair number of people had already assembled. It was raining pretty hard when we arrived, but - much like Friday - it stopped when it mattered!

Here, then, is the moment the Olympic torch passed by a cheerful throng of folk - it made me happy to see Luton in fine festival form enjoying such a good-natured event.

I'm not sure weekends get much more interesting and varied as this... hence, I guess, why I've revisited my blog after several months of existing mainly on Twitter!

Posted by james at July 8, 2012 8:09 PM

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