So, the dust has settled. I’ve gathered together a bunch of reviews and photos on my website www.antonhunter.com, but in keeping with the rest of this blog, I thought I’d just share some thoughts and the like.
The week itself was a bit of a blur, I missed most of the festival itself due to rehearsals, and also I spent the opening weekend playing in Germany with Beats & Pieces (great fun, as ever). It was great to hear back the opening night on Radio 3, and Johnny’s set at Band On The Wall sounded like it was great. The bits I did see were pretty special, Adam Fairhall’s Imaginary Delta was the MJF Originals three years ago, and a big inspiration for me at the time, so it was great to see it again at the RNCM, with added poems from Jackie Kay. Silence Blossoms were the highlight of the week for me, and a few other people I spoke to too. I know I’m biased as they’re on our label Efpi, but this band never cease to amaze me, such gorgeous songs, and constantly in a state of reinvention through improvising.
Back to me anyway. The gig ended up being quite emotional, and I was quite taken aback by the response when we finished. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with some of my favourite musicians for a week, and really honoured that they all contributed, both in the build-up and of course on the night itself. Three days later we did it all again at The Vortex in London, having everyone in the same place for a week felt like too good an opportunity to pass up, so we made the most of it and recorded that gig too (keep your eyes peeled for an album on Efpi next year). The London date felt less emotional for me, but we did two sets and stretched out a bit to explore some different areas, and was probably more relaxed. I was keen to leave enough space in the music for the performances to vary from gig to gig, and the Vortex gig definitely fulfilled that. Opinions amongst the band varied as to which was better, so I think the album will end up being a mix of the two gigs (or even double-gatefold vinyl if anyone with any money is reading this…).
As an aside, I had found out just before the gig that my parents had their first ever date watching some theatre at Central Library, which was a nice coincidence, and gave me the opportunity to embarrass them during the gig.
Anyway, I’ve you’ve been reading, or if you came to either of the gigs, thank you ever so much for indulging me, I’ve enjoyed it all immensely!