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Saturday the 19th July was a busy day with 2 gigs, the Soroptomist international garden fete in the afternoon and the Leicester and Rutland Samaritan beer festival in the evening.

This was my 2nd year of playing here. If you haven’t been before and like to try different real ales, ciders and wines it is certainly one to put in your diary for next year. Its not your normal rowdy beer festival, in fact it is very refined and good fun with live music everyday of the 3 day event.

I played for a couple of hours and the good thing about this gig is that nobody is afraid to get up and dance. So for most of the evening the dance floor was busy which makes my job even more enjoyable.

Thanks to Lance and his team for making me feel very welcome, and if I had not been driving I may well have worked my way through all of the beer vouchers that you gave me instead of just one.

regards and hopefully see you again next year.


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Dersingham Catholic churchThis is probably my favourite job of the year so far. During 2012 I tried my hand at busking in Stamford, but due to it being a lovely summers afternoon, the main part of town was already being entertained.  So I found a spot near the monument close to the river.

It wasn’t the best financially, but having nearly boiled alive in the sun, I had started to pack up ready to go home when a gentleman asked if that was me playing?  He had been around the corner and could hear the music but thought it was coming from a pub.

A conversation ensued in which he asked would I go and play to his seniors club in Norfolk.  My wife and I decided that we could make a short break out of this gig, so we said yes.

So on Friday 6th September we left for Dersingham. After a very pleasant drive down we were met by Terry at the Church where the club was holding its annual Bangers and Mash dinner, to which I was to provide the entertainment .

Having set up we were asked to join them for the dinner and introduced to a lovely bunch of people who we sat with for  the meal. These included two ladies, one in her Seventies and the other in her eighties who are both ardent West Ham FC supporters and proceeded to give me stick because my team Stoke had beaten them the week before. One of the other ladies on the table had really had a tough time over the last year with health problems etc but had such a positive outlook on life that made you feel very humble.

After dinner (which was really tasty) I did my spot and it is so nice to hear people singing along as you play.  They members enjoyed it so much that they asked me back again for next year, so thats in the diary now.

We both had a great time and it was lovely to meet such a lively bunch of people, that we are really looking forward to joining them again.

I am glad that I busked in Stamford that afternoon.

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