I’ve lost count of what day we’re on with this tour, on account of spending three days at the NCRI Cancer Conference while the rest of the band – including my harp – went up to Edinburgh and Kendal without me.
I picked up the tour again in Manchester, playing in the Concert Hall at the Royal Northern College of Music:
Here’s all our stuff, including the harp safely back from her solo adventures. Thanks to stand-in harpist Camilla Pay for looking after her and playing her beautifully, by all accounts:
Toumani came on stage to join us for the end of our set – we did his song Be Mankan and an amazing acoustic cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. And he and Steve wrote a song together which they did as Toumani’s encore – here they are soundchecking:
We had a huge backstage room!
Here we are live on stage:
The venue didn’t provide any food, but we managed to track down a phenomenally greasy pizza and some wine after the gig:
And then we headed back to Stephen’s parents’ place in Liverpool to stay the night and play with their little dog Penny:
Next stop Southampton!