Things are never straightforward, are they?
After excellent consultation with Johnny Roadhouse and a good friend who knows his stuff, the PA (yes, I'm still banging on about it!) arrived and it was all very exciting. At its debut event, though, one of the speakers decided not to work.
For someone with a car, this is probably annoying, but for someone without a car, it means getting a taxi on my lunch break to nip to Johnny Roadhouse, in amongst the fresher madness, and get it sent back. No fault of anyone's, of course, and Johnny Roadhouse were fabulous in placing a new order.
But, honestly - PAs are the bane of my life.
Anyway, thanks to all who crammed into the basement at Postcards to listen to Maliika, Glass Ankle and Samson and Delilah. I must admit, I was a little worried that people wouldn't meander down from the top floor to us. I assumed bands would be playing to Chris and I. But thankfully, we were blessed with a large crowd (well, as large a crowd as the basement room can muster!) the entire time.
And, of course, the bands were fantastic. I hadn't seen Maliika before, but those two girls have the most incredible voices! I can't get enough of Glass Ankle, who have now augmented their lineup with a lovely, almost-shoegazey, chimey guitarist. The songs are sweet but without twee-ness, and anyone who rhymes 'Hovis' with 'pelvis' can safely assume my patronage. And it was great to have a sneak preview of Samson and Delilah's new material from their forthcoming second album: it was all very atmospheric.
You can read Cath's review of the event here.
As for other stuff, I've written a piece for Manchester's premier arts and culture 'What's On' site, Go See This. It was really fun to do, but there are sooo many more folk gigs on this autumn, this was just my personal pick.
I've also had the pleasure of interviewing Mabon's fiddle player, Oli Wilson-Dickson, for Fiddle On and have an interview scheduled with Athene from 3 Daft Monkeys. Their new album is on the way, and I had a good listen at the weekend - they've really run with the carnival idea, it's a great listen.
You can read my review of the Olof Arnalds gig last week at Dulcimer here. She's getting loads of airplay on 6music at the moment, and had a really lovely interview with Cerys Matthews on Sunday. And I think she's actually converted Chris to folk music...
And finally, I'm off to see Le Trio Joubran at Band On The Wall this Friday. Though I've never seen them before, I'm dying to see the masters of the oud take to the stage and blow me away. The trio consists of three generations of a renowned Palestinian oud maker family - imagine having that claim to fame? A friend of mine who is fascinated by the Israeli-Palestine conflict and their respective cultures is a big fan, so I'm sure she'll be able to tell me more when we're at the gig. I'll give a full write up afterwards.