This last week was always going to be the busiest week of the tour. As it turns out we are going to add three radio shows to the six gigs that are booked. There is also some travel between shows so we will know we are working. Tuesday we travel into Germany to Ulm to play live and prerecord a show for radio freefm On the road we were listening to Hank Williams from a radio show he recorded in the 1050’s and that gets in the mood for the radio broadcast. At the boarder we got pulled over by the German police but I think they are looking for drugs and not Australian CDs so it is only a brief check through our luggage..Friedrich Hog from the station made a copy for me so I will put some songs from the freefm session up on myspace. The sound is real and raw complete with creaking floorboards and vibe form the folks in the studio.
On Wednesday we play Herbert’s Club it’s called Illertal cowboys Voehringen and its legendary for great acoustic music and for Charlies Goulash. We want to go the hotel and change for the show. But instead Herbert drives to the Club for the
Goulash and says you can walk to the hotel but must not be late for the Goulash! The show is really good once again completely acoustic. Africola Man recorded it so I will put up a link when I have one. We head off on Thursday morning to the Pitschna Scena which is a gig in the Hotel Saratz about 2000m up in a valley and close to St Moritz. The hotel is very swish and I took the opportunity to grab a swim in their pool which is spectacular with a great view across the show covered mountainsides. This club is a real hang out and there are 250+ young kids in the club when we start. Apparently the drinking age in Switzerland is 16 for beer so even though they look underage to my Aussie eye they probably are not. This place must go right off when the snow season is high its pretty pumpin tonight. The manager of the club comes by on a regular basis and ask us to turn up the volume, this would be the loudest gig by far on the tour and the one where the audience listens the least. I think this is the paradox of playing loud.
Friday night we play the Dream Valley Saloon. Wow what a place it’s a giant log
cabin big enough for Paul Bunion and there are buffalo in the paddocks, it looks fantastic. The place is full and it is a great night with a really good vibe. We play quietly through the house system. Its quite a big night but we to take it easy because we have an early start with a drive to Bern and a radio show at 10 am. The show is in the radioRaBe archive at http://www.rabe.ch/ you have to go to webradio and pick 24th October 2009 at 10am to hear it. You will need Winamp or Realplayer or something similar to play the file. Saturday is another acoustic concert in The Angle Share Whisky bar, very intimate and quite sophisticated. The name comes from the crystallized dustings that are shed form the whisky barrels while they age which is said to be the angles share of the whisky. It is a fine concert and I think we won over some concert promoters in the audience who did not take The Beggars on this tour.
That night we travel to Merlischachen where we will play the last two concerts of the tour. On Sunday morning we head over to the GottesdienstReformierte Kirche to play an acoustic set during the church service, The Priest Ursula has based her
sermon on the lyrics of the six or so songs that we have picked. After the service we play a short set and then hi tail it over the Sheepfarm for the final concert of the tour. This is also the final concert ever in the Sheep farm. Irene the promoter has been a great supporter of The Beggars and the venue is on her beautiful property in a converted farm building. She has sold the farm and with it the venue. The Sheepfarm was where The Beggars made our European debut in 2008 and here we are playing the final show. It is a full house with some folks being turned away at the door. It is a great gig and a very fine end to the tour.
Now that I am at home in Belair in South Australia and writing this I have to mention the stark difference in the weather. It wasn’t even winter in Europe there were lots of warm days and some sun but some days were really cold around 2 degrees C and we could stand on a mountain above Natters with snow all around and next to a huge glacier. I mean that was really impressive. While this week in Adelaide it is a heatwave with temperatures around 39 degrees C every day and
the bush where I live is rapidly drying out and going brown. That is a bizarre thing that high speed travel brings. OK that is enough for now I am going to go and jump in the pool for a swim.