I’m at TEDGlobal 2011 in Oxford which starts tomorrow. I just witnessed an awesome Annie Lennox soundcheck in the intimacy of the Playhouse Theatre, where she will be performing solo with piano tomorrow afternoon. She ripped through a selection of recent material as well as a few classic hits. For my part I’ll be playing the ‘Amerikana’ EP in its entirety, joined by pretty much the same band as played at Maverick last week, with the substitution of Rachelle Garniez in place of BJ Cole.
The theatre where TED is held is right across the road from the Ashmolean Museum where my father had his office for most of my childhood when he wasn’t traveling. So it feels a bit like a homecoming to play here. How strange then to songs about crime and suicide in the wild western USA, and halucinogenic reptiles in the Welsh mountains!
BTW if you haven’t already seen it, here’s a series of cool video clips that went up on YouTube today of me on the Nutmeg dissecting the first of the EP tracks ‘Road To Reno.’