Made it to Manhattan! - July 10
Acoustic Trio at Tarrytown
Photo © Ben Fenner
Laura, Steve, Unsteady Freddie and Hannah
Sleepy Hollow welcomes...
Following the electric tour, Roger, Rob and I were due to do some acoustic trio shows back in the States. Good plan, but on arrival at Quebec Airport we discovered that our flight had been cancelled due to heavy storms and we had to divert via Montreal. It was touch and go whether we'd make the City Winery New York gig. At La Guardia Airport we tumbled into the van for a bumpy hairy ride - Manhattan approaching ahead, like a scene from a Keystone Cops movie! Within ten minutes of our arrival at the venue, with no soundcheck we spilled out on to the stage for the gig...
Amazingly it went well and the audience gave a warm Big Apple response. It was great to see several amigos there too and fun to receive a bottle of Steve Hackett wine.
A quick dash into a New York deli the following morning and we were off to our next destination - Sellersville, PA. Again - a wonderfully responsive audience. It was heart warming to see familiar faces from earlier in the tour, along with DJ/Surf Music guru Unsteady Freddie, a pal from years back and family friend Hannah, who had an album of photos of me in my heavy rimmed spectacle days!
Finally we landed in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, the place that creepily inspired the book and film of that name. Jo and I unearthed a few spooks... Luckily the Headless Horseman didn't gatecrash the show. The gig was enjoyable and Rob excelled himself with his combination of flute, whistle and soprano sax. Once again we all shared the bill with Renaissance and the irrepressible Annie.
Twenty four hours later the intrepid agents of wind, key and fret were speeding off into the night, back towards Blighty at warp factor 8...
Rising fom the roots | Churchyard at Sleepy Hollow
A fine wine indeed!
Rob's evil cocktail