Penny had booked two tickets to see Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October - yes, who? Well, I had only heard of them because Penny listens to them! Justin is the lead singer and he was doing his 'Open Book' tour, telling his life story to date and singing accoustically.
Well, Penny asked all her friends and none had heard of him and so she had no one to go with. I had promised her that if she couldn't find anyone I would go with her, so Friday night saw us getting the train up to London to the Islington Assembly Hall. The tickets said that it was standing only, so to be honest I wasn't really looking forward to it - standing for 4 hours and listening to a singer I didn't know. The things we do for our children!
Anyway, when we arrived we were greeted with a cheery 'you are upstairs and it is unreserved seating'! I could have hugged the bouncer! We took our seats, one row back from the front and settled down to listen to the warm up act, Lotte Mullan who describes herself on her Twitter feed as 'Songlover. I live in London and like Country music a lot. Can also be found writing & singing & travelling.'. She sang beautifully and I bought her CD at the end of the concert.
You can listen to one of her songs on Youtube.
Then Justin came on stage. He was absolutely fantastic! He was extremely open about his troubles with depression, divorce, drink and drugs, which makes it sound depressing, but he has overcome all of these and it was actually very uplifting. And oh my goodness! His voice! As I said earlier, he sang accoustically and so it was very 'ballady' and country, although is group is very much a rock band.
This is a link to him singing one of the songs on stage earlier on his tour.
And I enjoyed it so much that today I had to immediately scrapbook the photos I took!
The quality of the photos wasn't great as I took them with my iPhone and no flash, but printed small I am really pleased with them and I was able to use my ticket stubb too! This was made with more of the 'Tea for Two' kit - I made another two layouts with it this afternoon and still have paper left to play with! Anyway, off to prepare our meal now and then take Hugh to the airport as he is off to Vienna on business. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!