Welcome Home Gigs

The nice thing about the tour being over and us being home is that we get to do our ‘Welcome Home’ gigs – pretty much being able to tell people exactly how much ass we kicked when we were away! (not that we’re fond of bragging or anything!) The first of these gigs took place in Bookfinder’s Cafe in Belfast. This is a monthly event and a good nights craic (as well as some brilliant poetry) is guaranteed.
So the touring group did their Oz set which went down a storm. Many people commented on the change in our performance and our confidence levels….which I guess is what 38 shows in 42 days in Oz will do to ya!
The next ‘gig’ was had was really an after tour party. We all descended on Gordon and Charlottes house on a Saturday night, ate, drank and partied til 7am, oh and in the middle of it all we did our set. It was great and such a nice supportive atmosphere to be performing in….if not a little surreal!
The moment of the night for me –  There was a guy who at the begining of the show didn’t want to be there cos “poetry is all for academic wankers and has no relevance to anyone else”. At the end of the show when he marched up to me, told me I was brilliant, and the show was fab and he was gonna make a special effort to come to the next Bookfinders gig – I think I could have died and gone to Poet Heaven. So its like Gordon says – this is why we do what we do, to make a connection with even one person in the audience who had no interest in poetry before.
So there you go, Oz 06 Tour has officially wrapped (thankfully ending on a high) and we are now getting geared up for Oz Tour 07. You’ll find me in the next few months buried under funding forms and wishful thinking 😉