Wednesday, 14 June 2017
I find myself out on a Monday night for the second week in a row, but there is a good reason. I'm at Mau Mau Bar for a Johnny Thunders tribute night. The venue is small, but rather cool. It's free to get in and although there is no real ale you can get a bottle of beer for £2.50 or a large can of cider for a a little more. The crowd are as cool as the venue and it's surprisingly busy for a Monday. At least half of those present appear to be musicians. and quite a few of them end up getting up to play on the venue's small stage. Among those present is Peter Perrett from the Only Ones - who was keen to get up to sing 'Chinese Rocks', but apparently a drummer who knew the song well enough couldn't be found in the room.
There is a sort of 'house band' playing when I arrive. They don't seem to have any connection to the late Johnny Thunders but they are rather good and I warm to them to the extent of being interested in seeing them again some time - if only I could remember their name....
Among those taking to the stage is the familiar figure of Dave Renegade - looking not unlike his cousin 'Alabana Country Joe' who I saw only last week. Dave plays a short solo acoustic set including the Thunders classic 'You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory'.
Monday, 12 June 2017
I've never been to The Lamb on Holloway Road before, although I've heard some good things about it. It's got plenty of character and gives the impression that it probably has an interesting past. Real ale at reasonable prices is always a bonus! Some places appear larger on the inside than they look on the outside - this place seems the opposite. Weird. It's not that busy on a Monday night, but tucked away in the back part of the pub I find Country Joe Renegade playing a solo acoustic set.