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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 25th July 2013
Gig 4 – The Arc Angel, London

An interesting morning… we’ve had to alter our set for Friday’s gig (now possibly playing for an hour instead of just 40 minutes), and also get some shopping in and eat and relax etc. – really is a hard life on the road. We were also lucky enough to get a shot of our ‘flatmate’ in London Martin’s guitar to run through a few tracks in preparation.
So once we’d extended our set it was time to think about tracks for tonight’s 20-minute slot at The Arc Angel in Islington. This is another night run by Iain at Plugged In Switched On so we were pretty relaxed about tonight and decided to head along for 7pm to set up but just get a line check before we play. With over 10 acts on the bill it seemed to be the best way forward.
To kick-start things the host Iain played a cool version of the Groovejet hit ‘If This Ain’t Love’ which got everyone in the mood. Next up was an act we’d seen perform at The Vibe Bar on Monday night, Jay Hoffman and he was followed by singer / songwriter Phil Crosby. The act I enjoyed most was up next – two guys called Billy & Chris with pretty guitars and lovely harmonies playing a mixture of covers and originals.

Billy & Chris

Billy & Chris

There was a really good vibe in the bar so we decided to alter our set on the fly and play our cover of ‘Time’ by Chase & Status to keep the party atmosphere going.

As always it went down a treat; such a great track & everyone enjoyed our version.

The featured act of the night was a band called ‘The Joy’ who played a great set of original material with an indie-pop vibe reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub or The Pixies. After they played the night was finished off by a couple of singers and MCs with a mellow hip-hop vibe.
Big thanks to our good friend Ines who came down with the friend Marie to catch up and check out our set – always a pleasure to see a familiar face or two while we’re away on tour.
Photo of Sacre Noir by Ines

Back home via the Northern and Central line tube, plus the late bus from Ealing Broadway – really looking forward to playing again tomorrow night.

Next gig: Friday 26th July @ Power’s Bar, Kilburn, London (£3.00 after 9pm)