That’s right, Lords and Ladies, you heard it here first. I will be appearing at the 2012 Georgia Renaissance Festival in my familiar renfaire persona of Tom Smiter, but this time I’ll be there with a brand new solo act!
You haven’t heard from me in a while as I’ve been rather quiet lately and not done much in the way of solo performances, but that’s because I’ve been focused on preparing for this. So what exactly will I be doing there?
The show I’ll be presenting this spring is much different than what you’ve seen from me there before. First of all, I will be defying renaissance festival custom by performing a lot of music that is actually from the renaissance period! Most of the material in my repertoire was written during or before the time of Shakespeare, as opposed to during or after the American Civil War as is typical for songs heard at renaissance festivals. I’ve been a fan of Renaissance period music for many years and always felt like it was missing from renaissance festivals, so I’m happy to help fill the void. But that’s not the only big difference!
The instrumental component is highly unconventional and inventive, befitting the spirit of the Renaissance. Sure, I will sing a few songs while playing the djembe and a few while playing the guitar, but this new show will bring you bizarre feats of rhythm and melody you’ve probably never seen attempted before by any reasonable musician. While a great many fairegoers have seen me play percussion and a bit of guitar and a few have even heard me play recorder briefly on CDs and in the occasional off-site Lost Boys show, they haven’t heard me play any of these in combination with each other. Not until this spring, that is. I refuse to let the fact that this is a solo act limit me to one instrument at a time. All you have to do is close your eyes and I become a band!
You kind of have to see it to understand, and that’s why I’m giving you a sneak preview of the Tom Smiter show before the season begins. Join me at Galactic Quest in Lawrenceville GA on Saturday March 31 at 7:30 PM The first half of the show will be my regular solo show as Andy, but then at intermission I’ll step into the phone booth, go back in time, and emerge once again as Tom Smiter! It will be like Superman and Bill & Ted’s Excellent adventure combined! Good thing it’s in a comic book store…..
Galactic Quest is on Highway 120, a mile east of 316, in front of Phoenix High School, and next door to Captain D’s. Be a part of history and catch the first ever Tom Smiter show! I shall see thee anon!
The night before that, March 30, you can catch Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Cafe in Suwanee, corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Sattelite, We’ll be playing a bunch of the raddest and gnarliest songs from the 1980s!