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Gig 14 – Sunday 1st September 2013 @ Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
The end is neigh and the final show of this year’s summer tour looms large!
A last minute line-up change is called for after Lewis Gibson goes on a last minute holiday… to the rescue are a drum student, a local guitar legend and a couple of festival performers all brought together by the one and only Ewan Gibson. Naming themselves after a poetry meet The Soul Cypher featuring Mekkah & Twenty20 had a practice in the afternoon before the show and delivered a pretty convincing set (I’d love to have seen them if they were a full-time collective). Along with their sense of adventure the two American MCs also brought a touch of musical magic to the start of this event as everything was so relaxed and in the spirit of making good music and enjoying sharing the results.

The Soul Cypher live at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

The Soul Cypher live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh


We get ourselves set-up on the familiar stage of Henry’s and launch into our forty-minute set of dark electronica. The sound is tight and loud and we are pleased to hear that we’ve ‘awakened the goth’ in one enthusiastic fan in particular. It’s a good crowd that includes some familiar faces who are here to support our last show of the tour and check out The Penny Black Remedy. We’re really pleased with the response and happy to have played 14 great gigs stretching back to the first night of the tour back in July.
Sacre Noir live at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh - Photo by Flare Photography

Sacre Noir live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – Photo by Flare Photography


By the time The Penny Black Remedy took to the stage everyone in the venue was ready for their unique brand of musical mayhem, and once again the group didn’t disappoint. As with their show in Glasgow they mixed tracks from their debut LP with tracks from their latest release ‘Inhale… Exhale… Ok, Now You Can Panic!’ to great effect and had the crowd dancing and whooping for Keith’s guitar solos.
The Penny Black Remedy live at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

The Penny Black Remedy live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh


Looking back it’s been an amazing month and a half of gigs and travelling, playing to the new audiences and hanging out in some great cities. Big thanks are due to all the venues and promoters who have helped along the way; The Banshee Labyrinth, Box, The Vibe Bar, The Arc, Power’s Bar, The Dublin Castle, Belushi’s Gare du Nord and Canal Paris, Le Vieux Leon, Soupanova, Little Stage, Pfefferbett Hostel, Pivo Pivo, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Craig McGee, Plugged In Switched On, Bearsuit Promotions, Ben & Lio @ Belushi’s, Selina @ Soupanova, Alex @ Little Stage, Charlotte @ Pfefferbett, It’s a XXXX Blog Thing and Claire @ Henry’s. Big thanks are also due to all the fine bands we played with along the way; Llennett, Hot Jupiter, Little Love and the Friendly Vibes, Tom Coyne, Sir Spence, The Joy, George Frakes, Andy Docherty and The Caped Crusaders, Dressmaker, The Ocean’s Above, Mickey 9s, The Soul Cypher featuring Mekkah and Twenty20 and The Penny Black Remedy.
You can check out a video below which features footage from the gigs, interviews during the tour and more – a great snapshot into the touring life with Sacre Noir.

Thursday 9th 2012
Gig 1 in Berlin – Goldman’s Bar
Arrived in Berlin HBF at 8.30am headed straight for coffees and then off to Goldman’s Bar to drop off the guitar and noise making machines for tonight’s show. Feeling pretty tired, the economy of seats on the sleeper train is starting to seem like a bad move.

Alexis @ Berlin HBF "fresh" from the sleeper train

Alexis @ Berlin HBF “fresh” from the sleeper train


After a little reminder of how the Berlin S-Bahn/ U-Bahn system works we made it to Goldman’s and the place hasn’t changed much since we last played in December 2011.
Lunched at Fam.Dang’s – a great Vietnamese restaurant just a stone’s throw from tonight’s venue. Headed to the hotel in Lichtenberg (on the East side of Berlin) for reinvigorating showers and a quick change. Take the U-Bahn back to Goldman’s to sound-check with Andrew – he’s sorted out a projection from the video as our backdrop for tonight. It look’s great and it’s nice to see Emma looking over us as we perform.
Sacre Noir live at Goldman's Bar with projection from She Can't Take It video

Sacre Noir live at Goldman’s Bar with projection from She Can’t Take It video


We played a great couple of sets – it’s always party night in Goldman’s and the beers were in full flow as usual. Highlights of the set included our guitar / vocal version of Outgunned which had the back bar singing along to the chorus. Big thanks to Andrew for having us on as always. Just managed to get the last U-Bahn back to the hotel to wind down and snooze.

Friday 10th 2012
Day off in Berlin.

Alexis on Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin

Alexis on Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin


After a much needed lie-in we started the day with breakfast at Coffee Fellows, just off Frankfurter Allee. They give you huge cups of coffee and have pretty fine donuts too.
Donut @ Coffee Fellows, Berlin

Donut @ Coffee Fellows, Berlin


In the morning we headed off to Friedrichshain to find Madame Claude’s, which is the next venue where we are playing and decided to go via the East Side Gallery. This is part of the old wall, which has been left as a gallery space and runs along side the Spree. There was some pretty amazing work on show, from all over the world. After a few wrong turns, the discover of some super-cool ‘Berliner’ style shops and a Record shop that resembled my own collection, we did indeed find Madame Claude’s. It was nice to find the venue had done some promotion for the show and although the club was currently closed and we couldn’t properly check it out, it was good to have a better grip on our bearings.
August Listings at Madame Claude's, Berlin

August Listings at Madame Claude’s, Berlin


Friedrichshain turned out to be a really nice area. We discovered a little park (Gorlitzer), which had a petting zoo and a nice little bar/café, plus loads of lovely shops and restaurants in the area too. We decided to have tea at Aman’s (tasty Indian cuisine) and then head back to the hotel for a quiet night & a movie.
Cool shop window in Friedrichshain, Berlin

Cool shop window in Friedrichshain, Berlin