THE question everyone wants an answer to is: “How are the house concerts going?”
The easiest way to find out is to host one yourself, but in essence… from our side, they’ve been incredible.
We have performed these types of concerts in living rooms, back gardens, on back patios; front verandahs, big houses, small houses, estates; in small theatres, in coffee shops, and in a barn… a “house” can be any space you have access to where your friends can gather, sit, and enjoy a concert.
Something we’re constantly working on in terms of the performance is our story. That story varies depending on who in the band is performing on the particular night. In this instance, it was Tammy and I. As many of the RCB community will know, Tam and I perform often together, but we’ve very seldom spoken about our life. Rather, we just sing about it. Well… at this stage in our marriage, it feels like it’s the right time to talk about a few things, so we’ve introduced that narrative into the show.
One of the other things we have started with the RCB house concerts is a particular hash tag for a particular house concert. So for instance, this past weekend took place at 9 Burns Road, which evolved during the course of the afternoon and evening to #9onBurns…
…which was one of those very special evenings.
Most of the 40-plus guests had arrived by 6pm, and the evening took place in the back garden, on camp chairs, picnic blankets and alongside bonfires. It was a beautiful mix of people – eager kids, smartphone-engulfed teenagers, intrigued parents and even more intrigued grandparents, family and friends, friends of friends…
The format for the evening was bring and share, and once food was plated up and everyone had their seats, Tammy and I performed the set list (which I’ve posted below with some of the song links, for anyone interested). Under the stars on a beautiful autumn evening, #9onBurns just confirmed the vast potential of house concerts. There was a great deal of intrigue during the show, during the songs and during the storytelling. People were really paying attention. Even the kids, sitting on a blanket right near our feet, didn’t move for the hour-long performance.
After the show there’s always a general buzz, and #9onBurns was just more so. We got to meet everyone afterwards and by 9pm, everyone had headed home. Hardly rock star by cliche standards, but unforgettable.
SET LIST FOR #9onBURNS
On The Edge
Wide Open World
I Will Follow (a song written and performed during my formative years with a band called Pulse)
I’m Alright (off the solo album Better Days)
Where To From Here (off the solo album Better Days)
Stuck Around Here (off the solo album Better Days)
Loving Every Day
More Beautiful Tonight
And to round off the story – two new songs from The Great Deep, which I am glad to say, were very well received. (Phew!)
Encore: Homeward Bound (off the solo album Better Days)