BARR at Power Lunches

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Brendan Fowler

The other night I went to see BARR aka Brendan Fowl­er at Power Lunches. I had pretty much forgot­ten about him until I saw the gig announce­ment on the Upset the Rhythm mail­ing list, but I was really happy when I saw it. I always like good spoken word. He doesn’t do so much music these days, more photo­graphy (he’d come over to the UK to give a talk at the Tate). I never got around to seeing him at the time, and some­how only a hand­ful of people I know remembered his exist­ence, and even fewer could make it on that partic­u­lar Sunday, but luck­ily it turned out my friend Tobi was coming up from Brighton. I was partic­u­larly keen to go, because the next morn­ing I was due to go off for two weeks to teach a resid­en­tial course in the middle of nowhere, so it was my last outing for a few weeks, and I’ve been a skint hermit recently.

I always asso­ci­ate BARR in my head with Casi­o­tone for the Pain­fully Alone. Me & my friend Kate were discuss­ing that you’d have BARR for the party, and then Casi­o­tone for the regret­ful morn­ing after.

The gig was great, rambling funny stor­ies, and stop and start samples. I didn’t get the greatest photos because it was packed and Power Lunches is tiny, but it doesn’t matter. Brendan is tall, and the stage is small, in a low-ceilinged base­ment with a lattice-work cage around the air condi­tion­er on the ceil­ing to prevent acci­dents, but which blocks the face of tall people. Brendan kept joking about being in jail. Power Lunches is still one of my favour­ite places.

You should really listen to this song. All songs need Pave­ment shout-outs.

The Sticks

I also really liked the support, the Sticks.

After­wards I shook Brendan’s hand and thanked him for being good. I’m not sure why, maybe because he was block­ing the exit, and it’s hard to barge past people without congrat­u­lat­ing them.

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