Tony Penultimate

Grassington

 

The mystic majesty of the M1 in the rain

The first thing my wife learned on her marketing cousrse was Maslows Hierarchy of Needs - a pyramid diagram of human desires, with food, shelter at the bottom, and self esteem at the top. I reckon this now needs to be augmented to include wifi, which has become pretty much a basic human need/right and it is pretty rubbish at our hotel, especially when trying to get this blog online.

So after our return from Germany on Monday, we had a day off and then two gigs up in the north of England (Grassington Festival, Yorkshire and Ulverston in the Lake District) - so I set off early on Wednesday morning.

Rather than go on the train, I took the car which involved a six and a half hour journey up the M1 in the pissing rain. I don’t mind driving long distances, as long as I can listen to something interesting.
I am currently working my way through Karina Longworths brilliant, but gruesome podcast series about the Manson Murders - interspersed with excerpts from the Operettas of Franz Lehar, so while the journey was long, there weren’t any traffic jams and I arrived in Grassington in a suitably psychotic, yet sentimental mood.

Grassington sits in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty - this part is called Wharf dale - after the river Wharf which flows through it).

We once again had Ben Rouse on the team (on his 40th birthday!) as George had to drop out at the last minute and Leisa was back after having skipped the German dates. While it was warm where I live in Kent, it was incredibly cold (11/12 degrees) and wet in Grassington. I am always making the same mistake and not looking at the weather forecast or packing the right clothes. The tent where we changed had a couple of heaters which we all clustered around, not least to get some heat into our fingers, otherwise, the organisers had taken pretty good care of us with flowers in the dressing rooms and a beautiful vegetarian curry for supper but they couldn't do anything about the weather.

Beautiful Grassington - the view from behind the marquee

Doug takes a bow

Soundcheck

Despite the rain and the cold, its good to know that the health and safety bylaws were being enforced - it had crossed my mind that we could have foraged for twigs since we were in the countryside and built a small fire to keep warm. The gig overall went well, despite the audience being cold too - we even got reviewd in the Yorkshire Times - apparently our show had a lot of Tension???

 

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