I’m back from a quite surreal trip away with The Brasshoppers. Having not done a gig with this band for the best part of 15 years I jumped at the chance to go back to Haugesund and the Silda Jazz Festival. I did this gig a couple of time when I was playing with the band regularly and since then they have been back pretty much every year and developed quite a following of enthusiastic Norwegian groupies. We spent the first few days laughing and generally having a good time which is what always happens with this band.

And then ‘it’ happened! The ‘it’ being when Snarky Puppy turned up at our Friday night gig. I’d already heard that they were at the bar at the back of our venue so I just got my head down and tried not to make too many mistakes. Before I knew what was going on I look up to see Michael League right in front of me shouting ‘I’m your fan’, to which I responded ‘er, no I think you’ll find I’m your fan!’ To cut a long story short they stayed to the end of our gig and we all got chatting afterwards which ended up with them inviting us to play on their encore at their gig the following evening!!! Yep that’s right I got to play on stage with Snarky Puppy.

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