‘The Longroom’ at The Queen’s Head in Box, near Bath
On a cold, damp night in November, one warm and nourishing evening.
Very little in the realm of live music performance ever beats sitting 3 or 4 yards from the artist, listening in an intimately small space with the company of a small number of similar enthusiasts to music gently unfolding across a perfectly judged soundscape, neither too quiet nor too loud, and crystal clear in every detail.
As regards last night’s warm and cheerful event, sheltering from a cold, foggy, damp night in the run up to the turning of the year, I could have written here about the quirky venue, the little room at the back of the old pub on the high street of a linear village hanging off the coat-tails of Brunel’s railway and the nearby Georgian grandeur of Bath. I could have marvelled at the layout of the building, with doors off everywhere and rooms sprouting from rooms until you reach the fabled ‘Longroom’ where the action is. I could have riffed on the glitter-costumed splendour of the idiosyncratic eccentricity of the MC, with his Bono shades and his familiar » Continue Reading.