Practical Stuff

We are an open mic club meeting every Tuesday at the British Oak pub in Old Dover Road, Blackheath. We are more of an acoustic than a pure folk club. Recent sessions have included virtually every musical genre.

We have a 300 watt Yamaha PA system with 2 mics and 4 other inputs. If more inputs are needed a Behringer mixer can be made available with prior notice. The space is relatively limited and a four-piece band is probably the optimum.

We operate a first come-first served system. There are 10 minutes/2 song slots. It is best to arrive by 8pm to avoid disappointment and ask for Lynne. We only have one rule we ask performers to respect: our excellent host, Peter, prefers people not to publicise gigs in other pubs, which seems fair enough to us.

The British Oak, 109 Old Dover Rd, London SE3 8SU

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Tuesday, August 26th

We were treated to two excellent sets by Andy Smythe, backed by Barry Targett. Andy performed a mixture of self-penned material and interpretatons of others' work. He switched from guitar to piano smoothly and was ably backed by Barry, mainly on violin but who also played some mean guitar in the second set.
As always it was desperation stakes at around 8.15 as we lacked that essential prerequisite for a successful open mic - performers! However, prayers were answered and a number of mainly familiar artists emerged to provide yet another rich and balanced programme. It was almost as if we planned it that way! Relative newcomers included John, a stalwart from Folkmob, and Ashleigh, who sang beautifully with Simon Goodwin to provide the customary jazz interlude. Colin shared an entrancing and heartfelt newly written song of his own with us with a sensitive harp accompaniment by Baxter.

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