Just down the road is Rosebank Millennium Green and on Sunday 23 August they are having a street party, which we join in with.
We were me [Victoria], Bex, Yi Bai, Fehmina, Wanda, Georgia, Charlotte, Kirsty, and until the massive outburst of rain at the end, we were having a ball. Maya danced; Bex did headstands. We provided shaky and rattly for the kids to join with at the last couple of songs.
It was a relaxed low-key local event organised by Hyde Park Source; the Real Junk Food provided nourishment; it combined tall inner-city Victoria terraces with inner-city woodland. And just down the road - well from me, Gig and Fehmina anyway. Loved it.
The email read that we "really made a great contribution to the event. I'd forgotten what a lovely full sound a steel band has, and I never thought I'd hear some of those tunes played on steel pans! . . . . I heard some great feedback about your performance and I know the children loved joining in at the end".
Anyway rain certainly did stop play; I did a Gandalf impression in the Foxwood banner, and we all went back home to dry off.
Wanda and Kirsty abandoned dryness altogether, and hit the end of back belle Vue Road, carrying the regulation gigging bucket.
And next up, dear reader, we will all be playing Leeds Carnival at Rhythms Carnival Village. All of us - East Steel, Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows and Foxwood Steel. That has got to be better than Foxwood nervously popping up at Savile Park!
|Steel Rising with regulation bucket|