Tooting Tram & Social, Tooting, South London
The splendidly named Tooting Tram & Social was an almost accidental host for this gig. Thea had struggled to find a venue for her London Christmas show, more usually held at the Half Moon in Putney, and when she finally secured The Sound Lounge on Tooting Road it promptly closed down leaving her to seek a last minute replacement. This worked to her advantage because the Tooting Tram & Social turned out to be a great space, a disused tram shed with white tiled walls, huge ceilings, a bar down one side of the main area, a raised seating section down the other and a small, low-ceilinged stage at the end opposite the door. Tricked up for Christmas with decorations and huge chandeliers it looked a treat.
Nigel Stonier, Thea’s right hand man in music and life, opened proceedings with a few solo numbers. He’s a very fine songwriter and built a relaxed rapport with the early attendees. Even so he lacks the crucial extra factor which would make him a headliner in his own right rather than a much valued producer, arranger and song writer for others. His » Continue Reading.