Two years ago, after 33 years of dormitory dwelling in Milford, I finally put something back into the community: I produced a calendar for the village. Or, rather, villages… the hamlet of Makeney is joined to Milford’s hip. Better still, I used the proceeds (and a bit more in my pocket) to set up a website for the community. As I’m the webmaster – I do find that title quite romantic in a science fantasy kind of way – it means I am even more involved in the village. After all, I need to know what’s going on. This means I have to frequent the two local pubs more often and, last week, the Social Club, as it was staging its first Open Mic Night. It was a great success in terms of turnout; it just needs more than one guy on that open mic.
Mind you, the performer, George, who also happens to be the organiser, is an accomplished singer and really played his heart out. Aside from a guitarist who jammed on a couple of numbers, the spotlight – or rather a quirky lampshade plus a mic stand festooned with fairy lights – was solely on George, who put his own stamp on an eclectic range of songs with a clear, controlled and imposing voice coupled with an accomplished acoustic guitar sound.
George has real presence but he doesn’t want to be the only presence. So, if you live near enough and you’re a musician looking for an open mic and a warm welcome, do come down on a Thursday night. 8.30 start. Here’s a gallery of photos from the first night (click on any one to view at a larger size).