The Oxjam Cambridge 2016 gig happened on Saturday. A mass takeover of 10 Cambridge venues, to raise money for Oxfam.
I played two sets – one at 2468 and other other at The Snug Bar in Cambridge. The former I’d last been into when it was the vaults, the latter I’d not been into since trying to catch up with Paul Richards after a CB2 gig. Though pre-gig I was trying to reminisce with Aidy about the dimensions of when the venue was the old Boat Race. I must have been playing on where the old stage was – it was by the entrance to the toilets! – but I couldn’t quite place the location of the door and the sound desk. And then when I put the bar in place it mentally seemed smaller than it used to be, though maybe it was larger in my memory than in reality.
I did get soaked going between the two venues – a rain storm just fell between the two sets. When I checked the weather in the morning I had been promised dryness. I left the Portland (where I went after performing) early because of this and had a migraine the next day. But nothing compared to what the people for whom these funds were intended go through. Still, got to see The Abstracts perform a really cool set, and bumped into the checkout lady at Waitrose who’d recognised me as Karmadillo the day before when shopping. Fame!
Lots of acts contributed, but special mention must go to the organising crew – especially Sandy Mills – and the sound people for the efforts they put in to making this happen.
‘Don’t Listen To The Douchebags (Listen To George Takei)’ is a properly recorded version of a Youtube thing I did. That acoustic-recorded-on-the-webcam song was inspired by George Takei’s response to a school board member in the US who went on a Facebook rant saying he wished all the gay kids were dead. The board member later ended up resigning live on TV. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to contribute to a compilation CD highlighting gay and transgender bullying issues, so recorded the song properly, and made a video. Which cheekily features it’s inspiration 😉 Here it is:
This version of the song was recorded two years ago, and the incident that inspired the George Takei response was before that, but amidst the fuss over legalising gay marriage (in the UK) has also brought out the stories of violence and harassment of gay and trans-gendered people.
This song is being released on the Any Love Is Good Love compilation CD, which aims to raise awareness as well as fundraise. You can purchase the album from the Any Love Is Good Love page on Bandcamp. Much respect is due to from Ten Tigers/Lost Harbours and Ste McCabe who put it together. Funds from this are going to LGBT Youth North West (formerly Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester).
After 8 months or so of baby-led hiatus, Karmadillo will be making a trio of appearances this December at Cambridge venues.
The first will be
Thursday 13th December – supporting Jacqui & Geoff at The Cornerhouse
Sunday 16th December – interlude at the Fat Fox Productions Christmas Show at CB2, Norfolk Street
Tuesday 18th December – supporting the excellent Kerfuffle at The Portland Arms, Cambridge, touring on their new Lighten The Dark album.
It will be 10 Years since I wondered into a shop somewhere in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. To celebrate this momentous moment I thought I would have a gig. It will also be the last Karmadillo gig for a while due to imminent baby arrival – plus the last time I drink as after this I will be on emergency labour transport alert. It’s going to be a party!
To say a big thank you to the staff at the NHS who have given knee operations and physiotherapy this will be a fundraiser for Chesterton Hospital Physiotherapy Section and the Osteopath Clinic at Addenbrookes. I put my faith in them, they gave me hop, and now I repay with charity.
Also a big thank you to the following peeps for supporting me in this endeavour. Check out their websites and music!
Karmadillo 10.15-11.00 Jacqui & Geoff 9.40-10.05 – Acoustic songwriting brilliance feature Tom from The Pony Collaboration on drums Jana Tyrell/Happy Hunting 9.05-9.30 – – great vocalist and pianist coming up from London Tom Conway 8.45-9 – Scottish blues and acoustic mellowness
David Young who was scheduled to play can’t make it any more.
Portland Arms, near Staples in Cambridge. 8pm start £6/£3 NHS staff
Where the offbeat South American Charango meets offbeat English songwriting