After 20 years as a frontman, Ferg finally took the plunge and signed up to do a solo gig (he blames Ronnie Taheny for bullying him into it but she continues to feign innocence).
The photos of the two suspects above are believed to have been taken by forensic photographers Richard Parkhill and Brent Leideritz (respectively).
The event was one of the weekly original music showcases put on by SCALA. According to the promotional blurb:
However, to confuse matters, the mercurial Fergus O’Regan is also performing that night at the same venue. Yes, it’s a double Fergus bill!
It will be easy to tell them apart since they both have beards and long hair and baritone voices and a mild tendency toward silliness and … um …
Hmmm. I guess you’ll just have to come along and figure it out for yourselves (although FM is probably about 100 years older).”
And it went … remarkably, astonishingly well. So well, in fact, that there is a Live EP imminent.
Ferg told stories and sang songs (that were, admittedly, also stories) and that 45 minutes turned into an hour and people laughed at the right moments and stayed engaged the whole time. All being well, the EP should be released some time in March, with a special edition version containing the whole gig to be released a little later in the year.
It feels like the beginning of something new.
Thanks to David Bailey for the photo.