First up Tuesday night and the first of two nights on the pop in midweek and in town. The occasion was John Fay’s 50th birthday bevies. As some of you might or might not know my late old man was called John Fay so it was the second coming of John Fay’s 50th. With the rest of the Fay clan Tony, Steven, Steve and Sean to name a few all funny enough no relation to me we settled down for the Liverpool game in The Rose & Crown which coincidentally was one of our boozers when I worked for Liverpool City Council. Well we won’t mention the footy but that didn’t put a downer on the night. We were sensible and got one of the last trains home and of course it was via the Lobster Pot !
Wednesday night and after performing parental firework duties it was night two on the ale and I was heading down to The Cavern for a Dave Monks presents night. It was just before 10 before we managed to get into The Cavern so sadly missed the other artists that were on but we did make it down to see Liverpool’s very own Ali Ingle. I first discovered him by actually not turning up for one of his performances. He was supporting The Christians a few years back at The Royal Court and we had decided to have an extra bevy rather than see the support. I came home the usual a bit worse for wear and decided to have a quick listen to what I had missed. I banged on “Jekyll & Hyde” (Video below) and was blown away by what I had missed. It was to be a fair time later (December 2013) before I finally got to see Ali live in his “Do robot’s dream of christmas” gig. Almost 12 months on and here we were at The Cavern to see him perform. Ali has just returned from a trip to Hamburg which coincidentally is where our lads trip for 2015 is. So I must find out where he performed and have some strange Ali Ingle pilgrimage to Hamburg, well you can’t spend all the time at the Reeperbahn well not unless that’s where Ali played his gig. Before the gig I finally met Ali’s mum and husband (Dave) who had become one of these modern day Facebook acquaintances who you have never actually met ??? Dave described me as a “Unit” ha ha. After all the numerous postings from my marathon training etc from earlier on in the year he must have been expecting a Steve Ovett type figure and not now I am growing my beard again a modern day stunt double of David Bellamy.
So onto the gig itself and this time it was just Ali performing solo and a chance to play some new songs and one very new song which Ali decided might end up on his shite pile after playing it. Well Now That’s What Ali Ingle Calls Shite Volume I could be a decent album. I like an artist who is comfortable with some interaction with the crowd and Ali has a good rapport and natural wit. He even got some crowd interaction going even if my father in law did prematurely sing and “aye” a bit early on a practice run though at 62 years old he can be forgiven for any premature actions ! The aforementioned Jekyll & Hyde was delivered with power and passion and the night was rounded off with what had become his anthem the excellent catchy tune that is “Tornado” So that was that. Hopefully great local acts like Ali Ingle and The Tea Street Band to name a few will get the success and recognition they so deserve and you only have to put ITV on a Saturday or Sunday night to see the absolute shite that is X-Factor. It would be great to see acts like this get a shot at Glastonbury. So for all things Ali Ingle you can go here www.aliingle.co.uk I deffo recommend you catch Ali Ingle if possible and tonights solo performance seemed to have much maw raw power and emotion than when he had some backing and fingers crossed this guy gets the breaks he so very much deserves. But talent it seems just isn’t enough so perhaps he should “sell out” and do a cover version of “Mr Vain” to get a foot on the ladder.
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