City Farming Today

Thoughts and stories from the world of Mike Gibson and adventures of the City Farmers

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Ex Godfathers guitarist, now singer songwriter with own band The City Farmers

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

First (past the) Post

Hi Folks. Having launched my first solo album earlier this year and begun gigging with a great new band (The City Farmers) I felt it was time to start a blog and keep you all up to date with the goings-on down here on the City Farm.
It's been an eventful year, starting with the Album Launch in the fabulously old St Marys Church in Stoke Newington Church St., my parish for some 19 years now. This gig was the first with The City Farmers who all agreed to help out with the launch and subsequently, thanks to some special musical chemistry, became a live force to be reckoned with. We've had some great gigs, both in clubs and pubs around London and, recently, in the open air at Trent Country Park.

The latest gig was last night at The Borderline in Charing X Rd. Always a pleasure to play 'cos of the quality of the sound in there. It was a first on on a Monday evening slot so nobody was surprised when it was a bit quiet. We opened for Lisa O'Kane, a rising country star who, if the attendance was anything to go by, is in the early stages of said 'rising' at least on this side of the pond. Nevertheless she had a hell of a voice and her partner Mark was a lovely guitarist and backing vocalist.

As we arrived we were contemplating the usual parking conundrum when a parking warden of particularly striking appearance pointed out that the ticket machine was out of order directly opposite the entrance to the club and thus the parking was free until beyond the 6.30 threshold. I was momentarily confused as this creature with heavy gold earrings and unusual height for a woman looked strangely familiar. Suddenly I realised I was looking at the 'Sex change warden' featured in this very Sundays OM magazine! I managed to avoid blurting this out and thanked her for the advice and parked the car thinking that the gods of infrastructure had smiled upon the City Farmers. Unfortunately, as we left the club after soundcheck for a brief R&R in the Pillars of Hercules in adjacent Greek St. we were shocked to find a ticket on the windscreen. Now I'm sure this was not the same warden who made the suggestion and there was still a note from Westminster Council taped to the machine but you can bet on a very stiff letter arriving at Parking HQ in the near future!

The gig itself was another stormer despite a string change on the fly for Martin Feider, our superb slide/lap steel player and the sound was up to it's usual high standard. We made a few friends, notably among the assembled country press who were there for Lisa. They knew it wasn't real country but it wasn't rock either and they knew they liked that's what counts eh?

Next up is an acoustic duo slot this coming Sunday with 'Strollin' Al Kenning on bass out in the park near Palmers Green. See the website for details.