Laura’s Parents’ Blog No. 5 – London

Lots of traffic on that drive north from Brighton to London! But, Tim fought our way off the main and very clogged roads to alternative after alternative and arrive we did on schedule at London’s Jazz Cafe. We are just north of central London on Camden where hoards of tourists gaggle and gape. Lots of noise, with TN napping through amazingly loud sounds of street-cleaning trucks brushing by, checkered emergency vehicles with sirens blaring, horns honking and brakes screeching. We walk a mile or so home to our hotel each night and enjoy the calm quiet. We search out green parks and are surprised when we find one designed by an elementary class in true Victorian-garden style. The students made scale drawings, visited an authentic Victorian garden, designed theirs, propagated plants and grew their own plants from seeds, and even built a stumpery.

Back at The Jazz Cafe, Tim did a sound check as The Hall of Flames practiced, Val danced with TN in the stroller, and Leslie photographed the shenanigans. We met Celia Brooks and her friend Justin, walked to a market area for Indian fare in a building originally used as a horse hospital. Waiting as we often were on the street outside the venue, we saw many people stop and look at the posters and some had tickets and others wished they did. One woman was scalping tickets but we don’t know how much money she was asking.

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  • […] So Alex paved pretty well the venue for Laura Veirs (and The Hall of Flames), but when the show started I was a bit put down cause I felt the pitch of her voice was unexpectedly high, and thought ‘This isn’t like the record!I won’t be able to stand it for too long!’, but I guess it was some sound thing or I was just being stupidly irritated, cause after a while (and during this first song) I loved it! She played many songs of her new record July Flame, which I haven’t listened as thoroughly as Saltbreakers, but which has some great songs that I have to re-listen, and also a lot of older songs. I loved that some Saltbreakers songs sounded a lot more rockier. It was an almost 2 hour show in which she talked to the public, did cute jokes about her touring with her recently born baby, husband and parents, and on how they spent the morning in Brighton, you can check her family adventures here. […]

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