Now back home after the 10 day tour of Poland and it was GREAT
My hand help up 'sort of OK' and only needed to use the splint after a long rehearsal and sound check.
The experience was fantastic and I met many nice people and great musicians during the 10 days.
SPECIAL MASSIVE THANK YOU TO MONIKA KRASZEWSKA WHO WAS TOUR AND ROAD MANAGER FOR ME AND PAWEL WEISIK THE AGENT / PROMOTER AS WELL AS THE POLISH HAMMOND DISTRIBUTER / HIRE COMPANY
The Hammond SK2 and SK 1 performed impeccably at all the gigs and sounded very good indeed.
The main show in Warsaw was at a Palace just outside the city and was a great experience even though the hall had a natural 7 second reflection !!! Not so good for tight punchy phrasing but it was fine on the day.
Pałac w Drwalewie
Massive thank you to the band of incredible and talented musicians.. you are the best.
Pawel Dobrowolski 'Drums'
Krzysztof Scieranski 'Bass'
Piotr Świerzbiński `Guitar'
and Jola Lis who provided fantastic vocals on a couple of numbers.
After the show I was presented with an engraved Polish Eagle by the beautiful Fashion Designer Nina Nowak and her husband Jack .. truly honoured.
This was a great experience for me and the venue, audience, band, crew were all brilliant.
Even the sun shone all the way through my tour making a very nice 25C temprature :)
Next stop was the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Club in Poznan.
I am very excited to have played a Blue Note venue.
Big thank you to the band:
Wojtek Świeca - guitar
Bartek Krawczak - drums
Damian Kostka - bass
Different band for this show and this is a very 'Cool Club' Lots of history here and many of the worlds greatest musicians have appeared on this stage.
I decided to use the SK2 instead of the B-3 .. brave I know but it worked a treat and was very well accepted by the audience (:
This young man is called Jacob Mazurka and he came to one of the promo shows with his father who happens to be a very cool Hammond Player
After the show.. Jacob sat down at a drum kit on the stage and started to groove out with his dad. AWESOME duo. Jacob is only 13years I believe but already has a serious amount of soul and groove in his drumming. Great to meet you both and hopefully see you again soon.
After Poznan I did 3 SK promotions in WROCLAW - GLWICE - KILCE and would like to say a big thank you to all who came along to see me and promise to return soon.
In fact i am looking into options for maybe recording in Poland in the near future .. watch this space.