Music, Travel

Grumpy’s

Just as I was thinking to go and pick up my bag from the hotel then head back to the airport, I walked past a small bar and the crisp sound of jazz trumpet filled my ears. Peering through the grimy glass, I realised that it was a live performance of My Favourite Things and couldn’t resist a look inside. On this damp Saturday afternoon, the bar was half full, with people of all ages soaking up a live session from what I think must have been the regular session band, Virus Quintet.

I can’t tell you how much I wanted to stay and listen for the rest of the night but London was calling, and I had to leave Melbourne. These are my last few pictures from Australia, I can’t wait to go back. Scroll down through the pictures and listen to ‘The Mooche’, it should give you an idea of why it was so hard to leave Grumpy’s that afternoon.

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Music, Travel

Unexpected

The most exciting cities are those where you can never know what’s around the next corner. Melbourne has a thriving cafe / bar culture tucked off the main streets, through what are know as the lanes and we saw an abundance of diverse activity in the smallest of streets. Passing one of the smaller alleyways, we saw a crowd of people around the entrance and assuming it was because of the street-art, I squeezed through with my camera.

As I pushed through I suddenly realised that classical music was bouncing and rebounding off the graffiti saturated walls and I don’t think I have ever experienced strings in such a dramatic, unexpected place, it was beautiful. The formality of orchestral music seemed at odds with the surroundings and this was one of the many many moments on our trip where I wished we had had more time. I rushed off a few shots and pressed on…

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England, Music

Brain Activity

Finally went to see David Shrigley at the Hayward Gallery today and as hoped, it was a pretty amusing exhibition. Unfortunately, no photographs allowed inside so you will have to go see it for yourselves but there were some really amusing sketches and very funny taxidermy displays!

Beneath the gallery, alongside the skaters, a really good band was playing although I forgot to find out what they were called, if anyone knows, please comment below…

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England, Music

Invisible Riverside

It’s been quite a tough week really. On Thursday I was supposed to go to see Ryan Adams at the Union Chapel in Angel which would quite literally been my dream concert; sat right at the front of my favourite venue to see Ryan would have been wonderful. Unfortunately the website selling my ticket let me down and the ticket never came leaving me incredibly disappointed. On reflection though this was perhaps a blessing in disguise as it meant I could get a little more work done.

I have to spend all Sunday at work so we are taking it easy today. I picked up a parcel from the post office this morning which turned out to be my Ashes & Fire Limited Vinyl set. So although I didn’t get to see Ryan this week as planned, I have been lying on the floor listening to his latest album all afternoon. And yes, those ARE official Ryan Adams 3D glasses… : )

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England, Music

Hang Drum Southbank

We accidentally found ourselves at the heart of the Thames Festival as we wandered along the Southbank on Saturday which was pretty hectic and with so much going on, it was a pretty exhausting walk! However, we came across a hang-drum player that changed our mood completely.

I would imagine the hang is an incredibly difficult instrument to play but makes a beautiful sound. I came across the hang-drum years ago when I saw the now famous Portico Quartet also busking on the Southbank. To give you an idea of the rhythmic sound of the hang, you can listen to the Portico Quartet on YouTube here. I haven’t been able to find out this musician’s name but if anyone knows, please comment here.

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