Friday Afternoon at The Crazy Horse Cafe, Invergordon
Martin organised a songwriters' afternoon at The Crazy Horse Cafe in Invergordon High Street yesterday afternoon- he has arranged events like this before but this was the first time that I got to go along and perform. It was scary to sing in front of so many of his friends but everyone was warm-hearted and it was fab to hear Miriam sing again (that's her in the middle). Many of the artists have had (or are having) music produced by Martin so I have heard quite a lot of their stuff. There was a great atmosphere which was framed by a host of curious tourists peering through the windows as they strolled around on shore leave from a whopping cruise ship parked next to the oil platforms on the quayside. Davey Cowan and Jimmy Gunn kicked off the afternoon with rousing songs and we all took turns singing before finishing with a whole-caff rendition of Will The Circle Be Unbroken. The caff was full of families eating cakes and drinking coffee and almost all of them joined in; it was moving, in the best possible sense of the word.
The afternoon was rounded off perfectly with a giant slice of chocolate fudge cake.
I have also recorded half a skiffle album this week: or was that a dream?
Photo by Roddy Mackenzie.