Tina V at the open mic night at The Angel Inn, Worcester
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Open mic night at The Angel Inn, Worcester - 17.01.12

Just a quick mention for those hardy souls who turned out on the coldest night of the winter so far for my favourite open mic night (but only one of the many available near you on just about any night of the week - especially if you live in the Malvern area).

I'm talking, of course, about the event run by Christina Maynard AKA Tina V - frontgirl with This Wicked Tongue - at the Angel Inn on Tuesday nights.

Special guests, this week, were Conner Maher and the thoughtsome duo HitchHiker (otherwise known as Sean Jeffrey and Anna Mason) who have a VERY humanist take on their lyrics with balladic ditties like Immortal, Picture 51 and When.

I try to pop along to this event most weeks - as Tina's extremely forgiving and graciously allows a certain doddering old idiot to finally partly realise his long-faded ambitions to rock-stardom by supplying a stuttering bass-line to the traditional free-for-all closing jam - and much thanks for that Tina!

But something a little different (and topical) to close as we were treated to a repeat rendition of First Time (also now known as The Eggs Song) by Andy Robinson only a couple of days after his appearance on the Janice Long show on BBC Radio 2. Of course it was the day after we travelled down to the Abbey Road and Maida Vale studios in London with both Andy and Tina for this year's Introducing Masterclass!

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  • 27 Oct 2012