|The lights of the big city from my train window on the way home.|
Last night I opened up for an evening of acoustic music for The Levenshulme Festival organised by brilliant blues-guitar-man Zacc Rogers, I say organised; he set up the PA, was sound engineer and performed - top man!
Following me was anther great stomping blues player Ged Wilson, in fact the first 'notes' of his set were his foot stomping on the wooden pub-floor before his grooving, slide-dominated blues-playing kicked it,great stuff!
Then came the band Summer Cross, with beautiful, lilting folk tunes with a contemporary feel. Poignant, expertly played and acutely targeted too - songs about the disappearance of those key centres of our communities; pubs, one about a great long-lost music venue at Levenshulme; The Palace, and songs featuring Irish community history, something which clearly still resonates very strongly in this Greater Manchester town.
He probably wouldn't want me to say this but Greg Mulholland, the lead singer from Summer Cross also has another public role he plays, as the MP for Leeds North West. You don't need me to tell you that MPs get a lot of bad press, but there are those who do go into it for all the right reasons, because they want to make the world a better place, and Greg is definitely one of the good guys!
|Ged Wilson - stomping great slide-blues.|
|Poignant lilting folk from Summer Cross - fronted by Greg Mullholand.|