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Fields of Eden 2005 - Linda's Tour Diary

Steenwijk - 15th November

Well, I don't really know what to say about that one...

The sound was not good tonight. It certainly wasn't good on stage and, from what people told us after the concert, it was not good out front either. It's always hard to say whether it's the equipment or not, but whatever the reason, it made it very difficult for us because we were unable to do anything about it.

Chris in story mode

It seemed to us that the equipment was not exactly up to scratch, there was a terrible buzz which could not be rectified and, to be honest, the sound technician didn't seem to care too much about that or that we were struggling with the onstage sound. We set up as best we could but had to abandon the idea of getting the kind of sound that we're used to, and that an audience also deserves.

After the sound-check we went for dinner, which was brought by a very nice young lady. I'm sorry because we didn't ask her name, but she looked after us really well and the meal was lovely. Truus was also a lovely lady who brought us the drinks for the dressing room. The director called into the dressing room before we started and he was nice too, but once the concert had started we didn't really see anyone again - it was all a bit strange.

The audience was a little bit shy to start with, but I think they liked the tour joke. That's one thing about a Dutch audience; they are quick to pick up on the humour and we do tend to laugh at the same things. Like us, they love 'Fawlty Towers', which says it all really.

After the break we went back out to find that our audience seemed to have had a good time in the bar and were in high spirits. We wondered what they had been drinking and whether we might be able to get some. In fact we may have some because we were each presented with a box of a local brew at the end of the concert - we'll let you know what it is, and whether it works, when we've had a chance to sample it.

We had prior knowledge of one 50th birthday in the audience - and everyone sang Happy Birthday both in English and Dutch to Bart-Jan - a happy time was had by all.

Our audience

We gave our best and hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as they seemed to.

Thank you to Lammert for the lights. He just quietly got on with the job and we know that he must have done a good one because no one mentioned the lighting. Sadly that's how it tends to go, if the lighting is good it goes unnoticed, but that doesn't mean that we don't appreciate it.

So, there were a lot of nice people, no one was unpleasant, we got a nice present after the concert and the audience were up on their feet at the end and then sang their socks off for the encore.

It was just one of those strange situations where it seemed that everything was there - but something was missing.

Hey-ho, onwards and upwards...

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