We've been reminiscing over some of the events we've put on and been involved with over the year. We had a few firsts in terms of events this year, and Sofar Sounds was one of them! The lovely Dani Sharp has written the below re-cap of our intimate Sofar Sounds gig.
"Let’s cast our minds back to a deceptively cold, September evening. As the autumn chill set in for the season, the Wild Beer Co crew lit the fires and stoked our engines with copious home-brewed beer and gin.
The barrel store, beautiful in its own right, was stacked high and packed tight as almost 100 people nestled in, knee to knee, for an evening of live music, curated by Sofar Sounds. As what felt like miles of gently twinkling fairy lights cascaded from the beams and beach-side deckchairs provided front row seating for those who got there in plenty of time!
Greeted by the ever popular, seemingly bottomless, bowl of M&Ms at the door, the audience gathered, mingled, chatted and laughed. Sampled the beautiful cheeses from Westcombe Dairy and of course the beer and gin in vast quantities, considering it was a school night, after all.
Having set the scene, met new friends and consumed our body weight in cheese and alcohol, we settled in for a crisp autumn evening full of colour, energy, humour and talent.
First to the stage was March. As ever with live music, first on stage is a tough spot to fill. March did it with gusto. Unassumingly, self deprecatingly and graciously taking to the stage. Winning us all over with a gentle smile and an endearing wit, March was wonderful, funny, intelligent and, of course, a dream to listen to. Sophisticated melodies and haunting vocals filled the space like liquid, I think all of us fell a little in love. March is currently crowdfunding for her debut album, please visit her socials to listen to her music and support her in her venture.
Otto Wilde & the Aberrations
IG: @otto.wilde + @s.amallen (Sam Allen on bass)
FB: @ottowildemusic (Otto Wilde Music)
Enter Otto Wilde & The Aberrations. Electricity personified. Imagine If Oscar Wilde was to arrive at your door, 4 whiskeys down at 18 years old, with the loveliest manners known to man… then you’d have had a similar experience to how it feels to meet Otto. Punk storytelling with a sense of humour as black as coal. Wise before his years with teenage ferocity perfectly intact. Limitless energy and indescribable, angry magic. Otto Wilde & The Aberrations made our hearts beat faster, somehow in a combination of fear and shock and laughter and total misunderstanding. It’s hard to believe that Otto Wilde & The Aberrations are only eighteen. I can’t imagine these guys being anything but enriched by time. With an already established style, musical and personal, undeniable talent and total humility with a frankly charming attitude - I can’t believe that these boys are going anywhere but up.
IG/Twitter: @tonguefushow FB: @TongueFuPage
Last but not least, Chris Redmond had the difficult task of closing the show. He rose to the occasion and frankly kept rising. Switching effortlessly between guitar, piano and reading from his own poetry book, Chris made us laugh and feel in equal measure. With anecdotes about his daughters, hilariously clever original songs, poetry and stand up all of which come together in his show, ’Tongue Fu’. Chris’ integrity and honesty was charming, sharing everything from his illegitimate roots through a bittersweet song for ‘Aunt’ Esther Louise and his desire for everyone to abandon their inhibitions and embrace life for all that it is, can be, and will be for all of us.
In the words of Chris Redmond, “let the pig out”.
Thanks again to Dani Sharp, freelance writer, for this piece! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any writing enquiries.