On Friday, a friend of Michael’s from Prague, Jamie, was playing again in London with his band SBO (Smith: Byrnes: O’Sullivan) at RichMix in Shoreditch. Having heard him and his band play before and loved it, we were there on time to let the show begin.
There were around 4 or 5 bands playing during the night, each with a 45 minute (or so) long set. Sam Lee and the Gillie Boys (above) were entertaining in that Sam Lee explained where the songs came from and told us something about all the not-so-common instruments they were playing, such as the Jew’s harp, and gas drums(?). The Wagon Tales (below)were also great fun, what with their harmonies, way they all moved in and out onto the microphone, and general bon homie.
SBO was last up, and the cherry on the cake for me. As is always the case with them, they were highly entertaining even just because they always look like they are having a jolly good old time themselves up on the stage. Their upbeat music also gives that good-natured feeling that puts a smile on your face.
The night then ended with an impromptu performance by a group of Transylvanians who were in the audience. Seeing the ear-to-ear smiles on the faces of the three performers as they saw the audience really enjoy their performance made staying there that big longer more than worth it on top of the great evening. The evening(?) finished after the tube had stopped running! So we did end up arriving home at around 2am unexpectedly. But I definitely don’t regret it :).