Last night chap, friend and I went to a fantastic little music club called 'Club Uniquity' in Suffolk. There were lots of jokes about us being 'exotic' what with us journeying all the way from Norwich and when Andy said one of his songs was from south-east Africa there was some deliberation before they concluded that must be Southwold way.
The stage wouldn't have looked out of place at Butlins - with the sparkly lights and smoke machine but the comfy sofa we staked out, the cabaret style seating and mix of artistes made it a corking night! (I was handing out top trump identity cards and when that goes down well - one of my criteria for 'great venue' has been ticked).
Anyway. Andy got up to play his set. The compere said, 'tell us a bit about yourself Andy' to which he replied, 'I am the shyest guitarist in the world.' I could tell he wanted to get on and 'let his music speak for itself,' but there were more questions and backed into his metaphorical corner Andy lashed out by telling the audience what a nutter his wife was and that he was going to dedicate this first tune to her. I think comperes should pressurise him more often.
Anyway anyway. He started to play a song called Obiero. I adore this piece. (It's on his MySpace: Andy Kirkham.) It's played by dampening the strings down with some toilet tissue to get quite a unique sound. I watched the audience. They were absolutely mesmerised. He went on to play more tunes that exhibited his ability to move his fingers around the fret board like a freak of nature. And so I had my 'lady in red' moment.
Now for those of you that have tastefully shunned everything to do with Chris de Burgh, I will inform you. Somehow word got to me that Chris de Burgh wrote the song 'Lady in Red' about his wife. He'd taken her out and I'll be literal, she was wearing a red dress. It's deep. Apparently he had a 'moment' when he saw his wife with refreshed love and attraction because she was being admired by everyone in the room. Thus my lady in red moment. Not that I really need one. I adore my Andy anyway!
And the 'Lady in Red' theme does not stop there. One of my favourite heckles - that's guaranteed to get a laugh when someone delivers music of Andy's calibre is to shout in my best cockney (Gatwick really) accent, 'do you know laydeee in red?'