Comedy confidence crisis

Forty Eight hours until my first stand-up gig, but is what I think of as funny, funny? Staring at the material I have written through the lense of abject terror is not encouraging.
I will have confidence in the material
I will have confidence in the material
I will have confidence in the material
aarrghghhgh!!! Looks at booking immediate flights to Antwerp or Gothenburg.
(Those are funny place names, right?)
A man walks into a comedy club!
“Idiot”, he thinks. “what are you doing here?”

(Did I mention how fond of my comfort zone I was? It was a great place and I was very attached to it indeed! Out here in the wilderness of uncertainty under the gathering clouds of abject failure, pressing on into the headwind of self doubt, I am starkly reminded of the sofa by the fire in the familiar lounge of normality!)*
*Probably the effect of my late night snack, i.e a bit cheesy, oh and of course, … crackers!

Adventure Plus Fun day

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This Saturday afternoon (May 3rd) A Plus have a family fun day happening at Windmill Farm. This is where their new Adventure Base will be from October THIS year!
Come along and have a look, and support them as they raise the funds to buy the site.

Police Dog Hogan

Had a great night on Saturday when H and I went to a gig at ACE SPACE. The band playing were Police Dog Hogan, I’d not heard of them but the rumours suggested this would be a great evening ….. and it was! They were brilliant!
I’ve tried several times to describe the band but I can’t quite sum them up, however the description on the web site is spot on:
“Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass”

They play live together so well, in fact I reckon the live performances are better than the studio recordings. If you get chance to catch one of their gigs, then I recommend you do so.
The banjo and mandolin player was a very cool guy indeed and I was convinced that I recognised him, even his name, Tim Dowling, seemed familiar. Very confusing given that my knowledge of Mandolin players is non existent. It was only today I realised that he’s the magazine columnist from the Guardian Magazine (which I read for years) and that this brilliant band were the tin pot amateur band he made comic references to being part of.