[No Music on Monday today – instead, a gig review]
Last week I had a fun diversion from the stresses of album-writing and office-moving, in the form of a gig with the Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra at Dingwalls in Camden.
It was a brilliant night – probably the best gig I’ve done with the orchestra so far – featuring a set of original MFMO songs (courtesy of the incredible musical imagination of composer Martin White), a selection of songs from Gutted, a “Revenger’s musical” performed at Edinburgh this summer, and a set featuring the orchestra along with the legendary JimBob (out of Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine).
First up was support act the Graham Mearns band. They sounded great and I wish I’d paid more attention, rather than scuttling about backstage wondering if (or rather when) I was going to throw up my dodgy Chinese takeaway.*
The MFMO set was good fun, and I managed to count most of my parts correctly. This is the main reason I don’t do orchestral work – I can’t count for shit. There wasn’t much room to move on stage:
Next came three songs from Gutted, featuring JimBob, Helen George and the Penny Dreadfuls. Apparently there’s going to be a semi-staged, fully-orchestrated performance of the musical in London next Spring, so watch this space. Judging by what I heard, it will be a really fun night.
JimBob then took to the stage for a quick acoustic set on his own, then came back after the “Unstoppable Fax Machine Overture” (Martin’s clever Tchaikovsky pastiche featuring melodies from Carter hits) for a crowd-stirring performance, complete with singalongs and bubble machines.
Here’s a cheeky backstage pic:
And the MFMO the night before during rehearsals:
*It did stay down in the end, but it was a close run thing…