Royal Hotel Camden – Fri Jan 22
Fri 22nd Jan – The Royal Hotel Camden.
A fun gig tonight, long weekend, au day so it was much quieter than usual. A few dinners in the restaurant, mostly older people and families, then the usual suspects were in the main bar, average age 18-30.
The Royal is a modern pub, very nicely renovated and they have really great pub food. And I must say pretty good coffee.
For an 8.30pm start its about 1 hour 10min drive each way which is great because for 7.30pm start with traffic it’s about 1 hour 40 min drive.
The love their music there, they have a soloist every Fri & Sat I believe, mostly local people. I fell honoured that i’m one of only 2 non local area guys that play there.
I play in the Camden area A LOT lately, 2 gigs this weekend in Camden.
A well known aussie band The Reubens are from the area and the bass player William is almost always there for dinner or to hang out. He is a cool guy and very supportive of the live music there.
I had the usual mad young local lad and ladies requesting ‘Horses’, ‘Flame Trees’, ‘Country Rds’ and Sweet Caroline. It doesn’t get much more pub rock that that.
The locals are really into their pub rock and of course being a rural area they LOVE the 2 main most popular country-ish songs to do in au, ‘Wagon Wheel’ & ‘Chicken Fried’
I’ve had a LOT of requests for ‘Luke Coombs’ in almost every rural area I’ve played lately. I must find his best au pub song to learn.
The staff at The Royal Hotel Camden are also so nice as are the security guys.
Always a pleasure to play The Royal and thanks to Rob Burns for the continued bookings here.