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22 June 2008 @ 02:50 pm
Abergavenny, and It’s Wet Again (no surprise there :)  
This time, in my quest to see Blue Gillespie a few more times, it was another trek out to Abergavenny, for a charity gig as part of the evening celebrations for a cycle race. *shrug* That is literally all I know about the event! What that meant in practice was a mobile kind of gig trailer in the middle of a field – well, Bailey Park, but frankly field was close enough. It was wet, it was chilly, but nowhere near as bad as it had been at the Goose and Cuckoo. Bands were playing from about 4.30, but an enterprising fangirl (was that you, flameofaphoenix?) had already asked Gareth when they were playing by the time I arrived at about 4.45, and so we knew that Blue Gillespie weren’t due on until about 8.00 or 9.00, so we had a bit of time.

So what do all dedicated fangirls do at that point? We went to the pub :)

Actually, we were very sensible really – we even asked a local to recommend us a good one. Gareth, of course, was happy to suggest a couple and we all sloped off to the nearest. Once there, we mostly ensconced ourselves in the smoking under-cover table out the back, as usual. Much bollocks was talked, including the swapping of fic recs, and talk of cross-dressing etc, in between the pop-in, pop-out visits of Gareth as he had a fag or two, who’d also decided the pub was much the best place to be.

Things that I picked up from these conversations:

- There’s interest in Blue Gillespie and they might be getting signed to a record label. (Yay!) If they do, their first CD may come out towards the end of summer.

- Despite Torchwood filming starting in August, they have a few weekends off, so Gareth is hoping there’ll be some more Blue Gillespie gigs before long. (That also applies to The Hub, apparently – he’s not confirmed for it, because he doesn’t know his filming schedule yet.)

- The new Torchwood is everything we’ve heard, five longer (1 hour) episodes, fancier effects etc. On BBC1. It’s supposed to be a ‘relaunch’, apparently, which Gareth seemed happy about, although it worried me, personally. I like Torchwood as it is now, I don’t want or need it to be ‘relaunched’!

- Gareth and friends went walking along the Taff Trail a couple of weeks ago. The weather was glorious then, but Gareth thinks the weather in Abergavenny right now is more typical of Wales. (He’s not wrong :) He thinks it’s moody and beautiful though.

- There must have been stuff happening with Jack and Ianto between Cyberwoman and the Stopwatch scene in They Keep Killing Suzie, because he thought the suddenness of the Stopwatch scene was jarring too, but he thinks that it’s great that the writers leave such gaps for the fans to fill in. He thinks the fans must love filling in that sort of thing. (I agreed, and said I loved gap-filling, with no other details added! :)

- In talking about Pizza!girl Lisa, Vivienne said the science of how the brain was removed and implanted in the new body was too implausible for her. I said it was hand wavy science, and couldn’t be taken seriously. We just had to go along with the fact that the machine could be programmed to do it. Gareth agreed. The only thing Gareth couldn’t cope with was how come the machine can perform complicated brain transplants, yet be unable to sew a neat cross stitch across her forehead afterwards? :)

- Gareth auditioned for Bill Sykes in Oliver first, but couldn’t do it because the filming for Torchwood clashed with the run! He didn’t know Burn had got the part!

He talked a little about the Torchwood bits of the Dr Who finale too, but we promised, so I can’t tell you about them. I am a horrible tease. I know. :)

It was really lovely, very relaxed. So much fun. Eventually the boys stopped playing pool, and smoking with us, and wandered off. We took that as our cue, particularly as it was nearly 7.30 by then.

We went back to the field, and watched the Elvis impersonator. He wasn’t bad, and I apparently know a lot of Elvis numbers, which I blame on the dozen or more times I saw ‘Are you Lonesome Tonight?’ in the West End a *mumble* number of years ago :) (Once a fangirl, always a fangirl – I was watching the play for Michael Keating – Vila in Blake’s 7. Oh, and for Martin Shaw.)

Anyway, back to the main event! Blue Gillespie were the last band of the evening, because it was so wet, although the weather did get better. They came on after the Elvis impersonator. I think the crowd who weren’t us were a bit bemused by Gareth’s usual on-stage patter. There were some kiddies about and he did try to tone down the swearing, at least in the beginning… :)

At one point, Gareth claimed he was talking crap because they had such a short set, and I shouted ‘We know!’ (I feel a bit bad about that, I get carried away sometimes) Gareth looked right at me and said, ‘Well, you fucking would, you’ve been to every gig we’ve done so far!” I nodded, horribly embarrassed, and hid beneath my baseball cap. Oops. But then Gareth called for a round of applause for the all the dedicated fans in the front, which he’s never done before, so it didn’t turn out so bad!

As you might expect, Blue Gillespie were in fine form – they’ve had to play in some really dodgy conditions, so this wasn’t as bad as some. (I can tell I’ll be saying, nothing’s as bad as the Goose and Cuckoo, for quite some time :) They wandered off stage at one point to leave Nick to do a drum solo, and admitted later that they weren’t meant to, but Nick had chickened out of it, so they walked off to make him do it!

There was much heckling from Nic (of Disgracelands) from the back – him and the rest of Gareth’s mates who were there (although, no Spencer, shame) had also carried Gareth’s own personal gazebo from the back-stage area to the front, so they could all stay dry! (Which Gareth had never even used – he went to the pub with us :)

Eventually, unfortunately, the set ended with Bam Bam as usual, although Gareth didn’t bam-bam as many people as he normally does – also a shame :) I said see you tomorrow to Clarky and Rhys, and they waved and said it back (Rhys had waved at me earlier from the wings when the drum solo was on – that was nice). And then we all went home – or in my case went to my b&b, and found they’d left a key for me under the mat – phew!

I’m now sat in the b&b waiting for tonight’s gig in TJs. I’m so glad my b&b has wifi!
 
 
 
waitin' round the bend: Torchwood: Ianto Fucking Jonesir0nically_no on June 22nd, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm so unbelievably jealous. If I had the money....
Glad you're having such a good time though ;)
xx
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Ah, the benefits of a full-time paying job :) Ok, I have to juggle my flexi-time but it does mean I can go to all these things... As, indeed, Gareth pointed out :) Wish you'd been there too though, hon!
Kerryblaze: Ianto kerryblaze on June 22nd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
One of these days I'm going to trek back over there and make one of their gigs!

It sounds like a great time and thank you muchly for telling us about it!
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
They are good fun, but hard work too - there's lots of standing around, for a few minutes of excitement! So - a normal fannish type day then :) It would be a long way to come, but hey, if you're ever over here anyway...
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Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I decided to pop them onto torch_wood because no-one seems to be reviewing Gareth's gigs, which seems a shame!
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adafrogadafrog on June 22nd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks.
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
You're very welcome!
Gypsygypsylady on June 22nd, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
In my youth (which I am SO not in anymore) I used to go to a friend of mine's gigs (he was a drummer) and that was always fun but no one in his band had nearly the talent, charisma, or incredible yumminess of GDL. I wish I were youthful again. And in the UK. But that's one of those whines that usually gets me offered cheese so I'll just say sounds like you had a great time.
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
I used to do exactly the same sort of thing, because I'm not exactly a youngster either :) I think following Gareth from gig to gig is my last hurrah, or something! (In work, I haven't exactly admitted the Torchwood connection, so a good friend of mine said, after I'd come clean about Gareth, that everyone's been thinking I've been having some sort of mid-life crisis! OMG, I don't know whether admitting the GDL thing would make it better or worse :)
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Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
If you go on holiday in South Wales you should spend the day looking for the Torchwood filming sites - there's lots of guides, online!
thalassa_ipx: Thalassa - Iantothalassa_ipx on June 22nd, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so green on evy right now.
I can't imagine myself sit on a pub having a conversation with Gareth, I already have a serious problem to talk to normal people. not that he isn't normal, you know what I mean... English is not my first language so sometimes words fail's me.
Anyway.
I would kill to be able just to see Gareth as a fly in the wall, because as sure as Hell if he notice me I would die of embarasemet.
I really loved to know that he talks about the show and Jack and Ianto relatioship, next time tell him that not all gaps are filled with fics some are filled with photomanipulations...
Thank you so much for the reports.
I love to read them.
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Well, sitting in a pub with Gareth isn't exactly *easy* - there's always things I wished I'd said, or things I wish I could unsay. It's an odd place to be mentally, because I'd like to be normal, but you can't be. And your main point of contact is Torchwood, but you can't talk to the actors about it in the way you can to fellow fans.

I still wouldn't give up a second of it though :)
Nicolebandgeek01 on June 22nd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I just read all your reviews they are great.


Nicole
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!
cherry_soup888cherry_soup888 on June 23rd, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Well you just rock.
You are now my favourite person, thanks!
If you ever feel like swapping lives...
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 24th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! If I ever need a new life, I'll let you know... :) (I suspect it depends on the fandom, sometimes over the years, I would have killed to be in the States, for example!)
merryrose11merryrose11 on June 24th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the review and I'm happy you had a great time. Wish I could have joined you but I had to enjoy the gig vicariously through others as I'm in Canada. I'm trying to find clips of the music now.

How was TJ's?
Egwenegwene on June 24th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
LOVE the report ;)
Lauraflameofaphoenix on June 25th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hey ya Hun, Great review and yes it was me who asked gareth the first time where there was any good pubs in the area as when you don't know there area ask a local !! hehe and was really funny when he sayed he would join us all in the pub in a bit....i had to turn away to hind this huge grin that was on my face.

and oh dear, thanks for reminding me about the pub, us lot talking about fanfics and details and gareth walks out to have a cig and we all go dead silent - kind of gave the game a way a bit, but he did not seam to mind. Think he is used to us mad lady's but now, and so down to earth that you can just chat to him about anything.

Yes we do follow him around for his gigs, but i thinks thats better as much better live then just listen to his songs on myspace and get to really enjoy the music as well as great to meet up with the group and chat too.

And yep - the whole front row was just our group which was really great. Can't wait till next gig now, when ever that is !!