There have been few things to celebrate in recent weeks, but in challenging times the simple pleasure of live music has been a joyous celebration every Thursday evening.  

Tig Trafford has been playing live music locally for many years - you may have seen him at Broomfield Blues in the Park last summer - maybe as part of the Palmers Green Community Orchard Wassailing sessions ... or at one of several open mic nights... but in recent weeks all live music venues have been closed.

Tig, undaunted, has been putting on an impromptu musical performance from home every Thursday evening. With his guitar, mandolin and a seemingly endless repertoire of songs he plugs in his amp on the driveway of his Palmerston Road home, just south of Trinity at Bowes church, and lifts the spirits with his regular 7:30 pm gigs. Song choices from old favourites to Neil Young, from the Kinks Dedicated Follower of Fashion to Rag'n'Bone Man entertain a mixed crowd of suitably socially-distanced neighbours gathered on the street and watching-on from windows. It has become a bright spot in my week and provided a lovely way to connect with neighbours as we sing along together. Tig has had notes posted through his the door, requesting specific songs which he has learned for his Thursday performances. A particular favourite of mine last night was a powerfully heartwarming performance of Bowie's "Heroes" dedicated to key workers on the front line.

Thanks, Tig for an uplifting and joyous celebration each week and connecting our local community.

If you are around Palmerston Road next week come along and enjoy live music with your neighbours.       

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I live in Marlborough Road and didn't know about this weekly session.  I was in my garden and heard some amazing sounds appearing to come from Palmerston Road.  I will certainly go along to Palmerston Road next Thursday at 7.30 pm.  Thanks Tig, live music is so appreciated, never more than now.


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