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Nicola Conte: My rituals, not yours!

“Oooh, this is ‘Karma Flower’.  This is the first song from his album, ‘Rituals’, and this song has vocals by Kim Sanders.”

“You’re so sad.”

“That’s why we’re here.”

The above is an exchange between me and my wife, Saturday 11th June, as we’re sat at the beautiful surroundings of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in Soho (my first time!) watching the sublime performance of a genuine hero of mine, Nicola Conte.  I tend to drag my wife to most gigs and everything she tends to know about said artist(s) comes from the ramblings I rain down on her, as demonstrated through the above exchange for example.  Showcasing songs from his brand new album, ‘Love and Revolution’, as well as dipping throughout his catalogue, and some cover treats, Nicola Conte and his incredible band fulfilled all of my hopes of a live performance.

If you’ve never seen a gig at Ronnie Scott’s though, you really should – beautiful surroundings, very posh and elegant, no standing, table service, etc, but they don’t issue tickets!  That’s a bit of a big deal for me as I love to keep all of my concert stubs and have done from every gig I’ve ever been to.

I figure by swiping a copy of the monthly Ronnie Scott’s brochure, with Nicola Conte’s picture in it, and a copy of my email receipt, that it’ll have to make do.  So anyway, after the gig, through the crowd that’s shuffling out of the door, comes Nicola Conte holding a rollup cigarette and a box of matches, heading for the front door.  My eyes widen as he’s standing directly in front of us but my wife, big beaming smile, extends her hand and says, “Hello”.  He smiles back and shakes her hand, and I figure I can’t go wrong and do the same thing.  Excellent, he smiles back and shakes my hand.  This is better than a ticket!  As he heads out the door, my wife then pulls the brochure out of her bag and says:

“We should get him to sign the brochure!” 

Good idea!  But she’ll have to ask as there’s no way he’ll be able to resist her big beautiful smile.  She rushes out after him and by the time I’m out of the door, I see them talking and he’s smiling and signing the brochure.  She thanks him and then says:  “I really loved your album ‘Rituals’!”

I burst in to laughter at first but, thinking about it, I feel like one of the cool kids just stole my homework and passed it into the teacher!  Still… I got Nicola Conte’s autograph though!  He's made it out to my wife, whose name is spelt wrong, but it’s still mine!!!

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