Lucy Davies opening up – good to hear her on at the start of a night rather than a nightwatchman, which has been her normal slot on these sort of evenings, more’s the pity. Lucy has some amazingly positive songs, even about not necessarily positive situations.
Quirky songs also feature in the set – creating an overall wholesome sound filling the Cellar Bar with her vocals. 

When I hook up with her to chat later, I find out I’ve missed some good nights and parties, simply through feeling being a little run down and hence taking things a little easier on the gig front these past couple of weeks.

Lucy is followed on to the now seemingly oversmall stage by the 8 piece choir that are the Smart Family Band.
Tim Smart is one of life’s experimental creative types, endlessly trying new things at gigs. His sense of adventure sometimes writes cheques the performance cannot deliver, much to the amusing entertainment of those witnessing the wonderful chaos.
Not so tonight. The band are well rehearsed and in good voice, having spent the weekend recording a 6 track EP. Indeed, this EP is the focus of the gig, with the usual Smart twist.

The EP is blank, the sleeve decorated in a bare and sparse manner. It includes 6 inch-square boxes ready for us to draw an impression of each track as they are called out from the platform – colouring pencils provided!

Smart Family Band EP final decorated fullThis creates a buzz and laughs almost overshadowing the performance itself, especially as the first song (track 1-my representative picture is of the twitter bird & 8 heads with open mouths) is purely choral. Short on the CD, this is especially lengthened for this debut performance. Then comes the command – “Change Pencils!” We are expected to switch colours with others in the crowd to draw the next song title on our cover.

The next song is wrong for me – I have a peach coloured lemon, replacing my correctly coloured plums (Lemons Not Plums is the title). Here’s my finished work, for you to laugh at!

As I’m showing here, this active audience participation almost outweighs the engaging and spirited performance, not a distraction but an engaging and lively difference, meaning this gig will no doubt remain in my mind as much as when Quinn’s Quinney had us playing musical chairs!

Finally Si Crockett takes to a late stage, and recognises this by only performing four of his numbers; these (as ever) go down well with the remaining crowd – although personally and quietly I’m rather pleased he calls in an early end to his slot – I’m bushed by this time…