An unscheduled extra post today - and one I wish wasn't needed - to pay my respects to David Olney, who died on stage at the weekend.
I was lucky enough to see Mr Olney perform once, and it was a very memorable gig. It was back in the early 2000s at the Borderline in London (also now sadly deceased). The show had not been very well advertised, and at the start of the evening there was no more than 15 people in the audience.
It transpired that most of them were friends and family of the support act, who were launching an EP, and they all left once their buddies had finished their set. By the time Big Dave hit the stage there were just three of us left, me and my pal Mister F and some bloke at the other end of the bar. But if he was disappointed he didn't let it show, playing a full set and stopping for a beer and a chat when he finished. A great performer and a top man.
Here are some songs to mark his passing. The first is particularly apt. RIP Mr Olney.
"King Of Soul" - David Olney
"If It Wasn't For The Wind" - David Olney