We burst into picturesque Le Toucquet and immediately got to work, getting in the way of the Natural Misfits who were setting up the stage, bravely soldiering on in the face of no gaffa tape. Happily however they did bring a couple of tarpaulins which came in very handy as we were treated to some refreshing if rather heavy showers forcing us to break the set into two unequal parts, but no problem, that simply gave the assembled crowd time to synchronize their dance moves and happily things dried out as Natural Misfits took the stage – thanks to Jay Louie and Yves for taking care of the technical aspects and for a blistering performance into the small hours.
Day two and we rolled into Montreuil and started to set up at the local cinema. After some initial concerns, Wishbone kindly lent us their drumkit (cheers Gary) and we proceeded to do the usual JCMG stuff, ironically, we were playing indoors this time and the weather held; Curse you Thor! The evening was nicely rounded off with an impromptu performance from entirely sober guitar maverick Rob Sawyer and some frankly marvellous whiskey, but early to bed tonight because we’re up at 8 to get on the road to Lille.
Ah holidays, how swiftly they disappear from under you. A very pleasant lunch and then some great tunes from the Wishbone and Willy and the Bandits at Lille’s FNAC record store where a polite but enthusiastic crowd welcomed us into their bosoms once again outside the sun shone but happily that didn’t discourage the assembled throng and we played to a full house. Then once again we bump started the tourbus and started the long drive wearily but cheerily to the loving arms of mother Amsterdam.
Thanks to GG, Perrine, Ann, Thierry, René and Eric from the Ginko Music crew and everyone else who made it such a delight to play once again in la belle France, anyway you know who you are:) I understand that pictures will be available on buckface or some similar socialist nut workers’ site shortly.