Sings we've done
St Michael and All Angels
Rebellious men singing in support of The Rebellion. What more could you ask for? Some jolly interesting stuff about climate change and what to do about it? Certainly, courtesy of the Extinction Rebels.
The gig at St Michael and All Angel's Church in Gloucester Road, Bishopston, turned out to be our last performance before the world was struck by a global pandemic. Our lovely friends, the Gasmen, opened the show, and Dave arranged a couple of songs especially for the occasion, for us all to sing together.
Down in the Bathurst Basin you'll find the headquarters of Cabot Cruising Club, aboard a one hundred year old lightship. And if you're lucky, you might catch a few fish inside, squished onto the stage, singing their little fishy socks off. Bless'em.
Alma Tavern Theatre
Small but perfectly formed. But enough about Neil. We loved playing two nights in the Alma Tavern Theatre. It was cosy and it was packed. The audience joined us on stage - mainly because there wasn't enough room for them all in the audience. The show was based on our 2018 Folk House set, but with the sneaky addition of a few new numbers we're working on. Behemooth certainly took everyone by surprise, including us!
BBC Radio Bristol
Not so much a gig, more a jolly Saturday morning chat with Laura Rawlings. Neil and Dave spoke most eruditely and entertainingly, and we sang a couple of songs in the hope of enticing the listeners down to the Folk House. A show of hands that evening revealed not a single audience member had heard the interview. The power of radio!
Bristol Folk House
We've done four and a half shows at The Folk House. It's our annual treat for ourselves and our loyal Fish Followers. It's a great place to sing in, and the Folk there are so welcoming. And we get a proper stage and lights and everything. It's usually a sellout, which is nice. And each year, we give the show a slightly different twist. Our most recent show, In January 2008, featured special guests Ali Orbaum, Elaine Wilson, Kerry Elkins and Jess Broderick singing songs arranged specially for them by Dave.
Look out for news of our next visit to the BFH.
If you haven't discovered the Zion Cafe in Bishopsworth, take it from Kettle of Fish - it's worth a visit. We played a "secret" gig on Beer Tasting Night. It obviously wasn't a secret to anyone who was there tasting beer. They couldn't really ignore six blokes singing at them for 90 minutes. but we didn't tell our loyal fans about it because we were testing out our new set for the Folk House. We figure that if we can get a room full of people we don't know singing along and forcing us to do an unplanned encore, then we're ready for anything!
If you're reading this, Zion, we had a great night and we'd love to come back.
The Southbank Club
Ever ones for excitement and adventure, we ventured south of the river for the first time in 2017 and played the Southbank Club in Bedminster. Slightly more intimate a venue than the Folk House, we played to a packed house, including may a KoF virgin. Always a pleasure.
Bristol Old Vic
This has to be the nicest theatre we've ever sung in. It was all like proper theatre, with wings to wait in and lights and an introducing man end everything. It's a shame we only had ten minutes on stage, but they were probably the best ten minutes we've performed, and we still managed to fit 4 songs in.
If the nice people from Bristol Old Vic should ever feel like asking us to come and sing there again, we'd love to, thank you very much for asking.
The Arts Trail
We are proud to be associated with the North Bristol Artists. For the last few years we have had the pleasure of singing at two venues during their annual Arts Trail. We can rely on a packed house in Maite's kitchen. At St Bart's Church Hall, and more recently at St Michael and All Angels, we played to large and appreciative audiences. Thanks, North Bristol Artists, for letting us sing. We hope we didn't distract the customers from buying art.
They were standing in the aisles, and clambering over the seats in their excitement. It's not our first time singing in a kitchen, of course, but certainly the first time we've had an appreciative lion in the audience.
Bradford Roots Music Festival
Yet another first for the Kettle of Fish, as expand our scope further out across the South West. Thank you Chris and Lisa Samuels for inviting us to take part in the Bradford Roots Music Festival. What a great event! 2 days of live music programmed across three stages, and even at 11:15 on Sunday morning there was a large and enthusiastic audience upon whom we tried out all of our latest material.