Making Friends in London.

Just back from a weekend in London where I got to meet the hugely talented (and very lovely) Edward and Melani Rogers and John Howard. It was upstairs at The Lexington on Pentonville Road. Melani was busy making last minute arrangements and Edward Rogers and his band were adjusting their microphones on stage. I spotted John Howard close by, unmistakeable with his long hair and beard. He had a light jumper draped over his shoulders. I think that was because of the coldness of the weather – John now lives in the sunnier climes of Spain.

Rogers and Butler opened with songs from their new EP, Diana Dors. I’d already streamed it several several times but on stage, with Ed’s live energy and warm banter, the songs exploded into life. The trio were quite a powerhouse. When they played Seven Hour Man, Ed joked that he’d been a 7 hour-man himself once.

John Howard took the stage last, and it was hardly able to contain the extraordinary beauty and strength of his voice. Solo and at a keyboard he opened with Kid In A Big World, his hit from the 70s. It was sublimely beautiful and nostalgic. The audience, old friends and newcomers like me, lapped it up.

I felt privileged. Great songs, great storytelling, and great music, powerful at times and intimate at others. And to top it all, Edward and Melani and John were the sweetest of people with me – very generous with their love and friendship. One of my best nights, for sure.