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It's been over a week since CoRo finished their UK tour, and I've been quite uncharacteristically lax in writing up my report. There were just so many impressions and recollections to sort through, and I was on the road for what seemed like forever, never stopping at an Internet café long enough to get them all out and on screen. I thought I'd make the effort now though, before it all becomes a blur and I forget how truly amazing and enjoyable it all was.

It all began, of course, with me flying to the UK and spending a few days prior to the shows with calove and her family, my home away from home. We had a few lovely, relaxed days together; went on a fruitless expedition to Ikea; and then on Thursday, she dropped me off at the station and I took the train up to London. Arriving at the hotel, I found roissy0 already ensconced in our room, and left her there to catch up on some sleep while I went out to sample the big city delights. We had sort of made arrangements to meet up with anonypooh and pohewa at Earl's Court tube station later in the afternoon\early evening, and although they were delayed by traffic or some such, managed to hook up with them easily enough – Sherry, who had met Julia in New York, had said to watch out for 'the bouncy one', and so they were speedily spotted. From there, it was only a short walk to The Troubadour, and as it was a nice day out, we sat outside drinking Pimm's and lemonade

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and indulging in an assortment of sweets and savoury dishes, with me, feeling adventurous, ordering their “roadkill chilli”

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just to see what it looked like. Although jokes were made as to the precise nature of the meat involved in the creation of the dish, consensus being reached on rat, it tasted fine and the plate was soon empty. All the while, we thought we were hearing soundcheck noises, but it was only the radio...

When it became too cold outside, we moved back in and were amazed to see that the place had filled up quite a bit in so short a time. We had just about enough time to put up a few flyers in the window and greet a few known faces when it was announced that we could go downstairs. At first, we took up a strategic position on the fire escape, but before too long, the others moved to a niche at the back of the room while I somehow managed to find a space in the front row, in time for Corn Mo's first appearance on stage. The audience didn't seem to know what to make of him at first, but the quirky nature of his songs and his honest delivery soon won them –and me- over (Julia, of course, already knew what to expect), and his last song, a rocked up version of Hawa Nagila, received thunderous applause.

Then, CoRo came on, opening the set with Day For A Day, and from the very first note, they were rocking. The energy and sheer exuberance they bring to each of their performances is such a pleasure to behold, which isn't in the least bit marred by Eric's frequent tuning sessions. After all, these offer the perfect opportunity for Adam's witty banter and to the point remarks, while Jordan smiles benignly in the background.

The setlist for that first night, entitled We Are The Fat Kid, a reference to the upcoming festival of Pesach, I believe, contained a fair mix of old and new favourites, with the new ones including Auctioneer, Surround Face, and 92 Mikes...and my absolute favourite of the night: Adam's solo Tired/Sad delivered a cappella to a dead hush from the audience.

As usual, they made their way to the back of the crowd to perform their last song, Cinematographer; and then it was over, but not quite – they came back out and mingled, chatting animatedly to their fans and posing for photographs in an utterly relaxed atmosphere, with Corn Mo joining in as well. I've already mentioned my convo with Eric, so I won't repeat it here – it was mostly tosh about facial hair, busking, and venue sound quality anyway.

Pictures in this post courtesy of anonypooh's shutterfly album, which I hope she'll forgive me for pilfering.

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bogwitch
May. 3rd, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
somehow managed to find a space in the front row

Somehow?

::raises knowing eyebrow::
gamiila
May. 3rd, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know how it happened...honest, guv! ;-)
freakspawn
May. 3rd, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
squee what wonderful wonderful memories and beautiful piccie of you two:D
gamiila
May. 3rd, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, freakspawn...you'll be making an entrance in the next part! ;-)
freakspawn
May. 3rd, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
teehee a drunken entrance I hope;)

I love reminicing:D
vegmb
May. 4th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
roadkill chilli...You are so brave.

And this is a much better pic of you than the last one you posted. There is nothing like an afternoon spent outside drinking and talking with friends.

And you in the front row...I wonder how that could possibly have happened? I mean, it's not like you're a fangirl or anything.
gamiila
May. 4th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
roadkill chilli...You are so brave.

We were all intrigued. We simply had to see it...and doesn't it look pretty?

And this is a much better pic of you than the last one you posted.

Why, thank you...but that last one did have Mr. Jordan Katz in it, and he's so sweet, and he had his arm round me, and I'm...I'm blushing, which isn't a good look on anyone! ;-)

I mean, it's not like you're a fangirl or anything.

Me, a fangirl? Naaaaah...
vegmb
May. 4th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
and doesn't it look pretty?
You're asking the vegetarian?
gamiila
May. 4th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Whoopsie!

But -- it's rice, and beans, and cheesy whatzits...and it might have been vegetarian, 'cause none of us could place the secret ingredient...

Shutting up now.
vegmb
May. 4th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
[laughs] (Did you know that was what the veg was for? Not that meat grosses me out or anything though...at least not too much. I still have to deal with it on account of the children and husband.)

The secret ingredient in roadkill chillie...armadillo? Or is that just in Texas?
gamiila
May. 4th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
Did you know that was what the veg was for?

Yes, I did surmise that that was what it might stand for at the start of our acquaintance, though I don't think we ever really discussed it. calove started out as a veggie too, when I first knew her. I'd written up this whole recipe and then she asked me whether it would work with quorn, too. ;-)

The secret ingredient in roadkill chillie...armadillo?

Hmmm...Could be...does it taste like chicken? -Again, what am I asking you for? Somebody might have told you!- Anyway, if so, that wasn't it. ;-) Might have been badger, though; I've seen a few of those around...
anonypooh
May. 4th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
take as many pictures as you want with pleasure :)

I have seen so many alternate spellings of Hawa Nagila .. I just stuck a pin in the paper for my choice! *L*

Aww a great great night .. with the floppy haired, bristley and dimpled.
gamiila
May. 4th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Ah Jules, glad you're here! I've found that the soundfiles you put up on the Forum have all expired or are otherwise unavailable, so -- any chance of you putting them up again somewhere so I can relive my memories in sound and -when my pics get back- vision?

And now I'm off to download Redstone's music from their website. ;-)

BTW, I meant what I said: I'll help in any way I can to spread the CoRo love next time, so keep me posted!
anonypooh
May. 5th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC)
Sure thing .. I'll give you the new links here to avoid mass download and fallover of yousendit!

Belfast
Cinematographer
Eric's foot tapping or La Ti Da
Offstage Lines
Pay Me Down
Wasted Words

all from Glasgow

How To Lose
Tired/Sad

from The Troubadour

I'm not sure how this UK/Euro Street team can be "mobilised" for the best .. but I definitely want to try - as soon as we get fresh dates - we'll have to stir interest again :):)
gamiila
May. 5th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
You beauty! Thank you so much! ::giggling:: That Pay Me song is just so funny...and the rest is just too wonderful for words. Takes me right back to that wonderful night at O'Neill's, when Eric almost trod on me! ;-)

Yes, we'll have to have a brainstorming session as soon as new UK dates are announced. Hopefully, it will only be a couple of months.
anonypooh
May. 5th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
O'Neill's was THE BEST.

here's hoping!
gamiila
May. 5th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
O'Neill's was THE BEST.

It was certainly different...Only 4 shows, and I have a hard time picking a favourite! But yeah, O'Neill's might just have had the edge.
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