Greyfriars Garden, 12/04/15
It was a bright, sunny spring day, and although we were only expecting a handful to show up, we ended up with about 25 people, a very pleasant surprise. People brought picnics, and because of the rather noisy sound of wind in the trees we chose a sheltered spot between an old wall and the river.
It was a perfect setting. Acoustically favourable, cherry blossom overhead, ducks quacking, a little bit of background ambience from the wind and water, and a robin hopping around us while we played (I didn't notice at the time, lost in my fretboard, but Vicky managed to get a photo of it):
Local multi-instrumentalist Dan Sayer recorded this (he seems keen to get involved in the project, which could be great). Listening back I can hear that I was a bit nervous (so many talented musicians in the audience), my playing's a bit clumsy in places, but overall I'm quite happy with what happened, musically.
And socially, just a lovely occasion. Nice to get all those people together in such a beautiful spot, and see them all before I left. Many of us ended up at The Unicorn in St. Dunstans afterwards. I was left with a mental image of my life in Canterbury and what I've got to look forward to returning to when I'm back in mid-May.