What do you get when you ask a bunch of musicians to sit in a semicircle on stage, play songs in turn and talk about their music to the audience? Not only a great night of music, but the Songwriters Circle-a unique night of unplugged music hosted by Dava of Swindlestock and Olly Wills of The Epstein.I’d been to their previous night in April when Dava mentioned he would like to invite me to play one of them. At first I couldn't think of anything more horrifying. Sitting with other musicians talking about the meaning of our songs and why we wrote them; awkward. I was worried it would look too staged or resemble a chat show and be a bit cringey for the audience. How wrong I was. Watching the musicians play a song each, and hearing the other guests' questions about their songs and style was interesting. After all, this wasn't musicians being interviewed by fans or uninspiring reviewers. This was musicians being asked questions by other musicians. And this is the genius of the night. Where musicians can sometimes be insecure, arrogant or competitive, in this setting they are quite the opposite.
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So, if you get a chance to make it to the next Songwriters' Circle then I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.