Rob and I got our June/July series of gigs off to a splendid start on the afternoon of Sunday 5th June with a relaxed trip to perform at the Richard Jefferies Museum in Coate, near Swindon.
With our good friend, Dave, we set off for Swindon around 10.00am to give ourselves plenty of time to arrive and set up for a performance at 2.00pm. We were worried that the Platinum Jubilee traffic might be a problem, but I’m pleased to report the trip there (and back) proved unproblematic.
The Museum is a lasting monument to John Richard Jefferies (1848 - 1887) the English nature writer, noted for his depictions of English rural life in essays, books of natural history and in novels, and is located in Jefferies’ former house.
On arrival, we were met by museum organiser, Tony, who was kind enough to immediately put the kettle on and make us all a cuppa.
Having unloaded the gear on a veranda facing the Museum’s beautiful garden, we proceeded with our sound check. Satisfied, we retired indoors to have a snack before performing. Despite dire predictions, the weather proved kind to us and, in the end, we played acoustically to an appreciative audience sat at trestle tables in the garden. For a variety of reasons, we included more tunes in our set than usual and, at one point, Rob managed to persuade some in the audience to get up and dance. I have to say, Museum organisers, Tony and Susie, led the dancing magnificently and everyone had an uproarious time.
Many thanks to Susie and Tony for the warmest of welcomes to the Museum and similar thanks go to Andrea for her initial invitation. We have been invited to return to the Richard Jefferies Museum on Sunday 18th September 2022 as part of its month-long, sustainability-themed, programme called ‘Small Change’.