As I rush to pack up everything I need. The Excitement is creeping up on me and slowly filtering into my brain that I will be in back on the road so much sooner than I ever anticipated (Bearing in mind my UK tour finished yesterday) and it’ll be in a whole new place thanks to the wonderful people at Sanday Agency.
I look forward to having my first Italian Coffee and some fine authentic Spaghetti Bolognese.
And then to return to the land of the rising sun for my 5th tour of Japan. A wonderful country for art culture and SUSHI!!!!
Straight from London comes on tour in Italy Stuart O’Connor, psychedelic-folk singer-songwriter with three albums on the assets that is carrying around the world.
“In fact, Stuart has made about 5 years with four dates 1100 tour in Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia,” “result of the passion for music and the lifestyle “on the road.”
“A load of experience and many stories to tell through the songs on his latest album “Good Times With Evil”
“The main feature of Stuart O’Connor is the complete master of his independent work.” “He said it had rejected several offers for record labels always have full control on his music and his ideas, without affecting their innate creativity.”
It’s always a pleasure to be the featured guest at the Acoustic Night which has been running in Bristol for many years now.
I was the featured Musician and the featured Poet was a lovely writer called Aki Schilz. She was half Japanese and half German. Also strangely enough this was the second Japanese performer to be there the same time as me.
So being a big believer in the synergy of the world I chose to play 3 songs with a Japanese connection.
One about a Japanese girl; One written in Japan and one about my personal feelings from having visited the country.
A busy day with two shows in 5 hours separated by an hours drive.
The first was a part of a 3 day festival hosted with the aim of Raising awareness for the illness Lupus among other illnesses. What I had learnt through involvement with the festival is that Lupus is an illness that can often be mistaken as other things because it has so many wide and varied symptoms that match other illnesses.
Whilst watching the other groups before I played I got chatting to a girl called Gwen who was suffering from an extreme form of arthritis which has often been mistaken for Lupus and vice verser. She was great conversation and very friendly so it was a sad moment when the pain got to much for her and she said she’d have to return home as her body needed to rest. At this time it was only 3pm.
After the drive between venues I was happy to be back in Chaplins which is another venue that feels like a home. I’ve been playing the venue when I pass through for the last 3 years and so I have really come to love the place. I was joined by a very talented rapper called Joseph Selby for the final couple of songs. A true joy to finish the night.
After the show A couple of CD’s were bought by 3 nice Colombian travelers. They were from Bogata and although I never visited there on my travels I did get to spend some time back in Medellin in 2003. I even played a show out there and talking to these guys brought back happy memories with my friends Marci, Barry and Annie. If any of you read this. I miss you guys 🙂
Boho is one of those venues as I regard as my home away from home. The staff are always lovely and the owners have given me a place to stay many times. Last time I played there it was Duo show with Double Bassist – Riad Abji.
This time it is just solo and I found the atmosphere this time to be quite refreshingly strange. Apart from the usual passing drinkers there was a friendly local contingent some of which were hammered. One of which (known in Weymouth as ‘G-Love’) kept saying out loud how he was pleased to be able to see me play as he always misses me due to me always playing a Wed and him always working a Wed. When I quizzed him as to why he wasn’t at work this Wed the penny suddenly dropped and he realised he was supposed to start work 4 hours prior to this moment.
This impromptu dropping of the ball resulted in many drinks flowing and a Drunken G-Love was soon bouncing of the walls and screaming about how he was “Gay For Johnny Depp”. This little phrase soon became apart of pretty much every other line in every song I sung. It’s worth noting at this time that I had uncharacteristically decided to have a whisky or 3 throughout the night.
I even had the guts to chuck out new tune ‘World is Plenty’ very unrehearsed 🙂
Big Love to Tom Caulfield and all at Boho for the constant support.