Thursday was a day off. We picked up our rental cars after breakfast and drove back to Hartford via the Massachussets Turnpike.

Snow, snow, falling snow... 

Checked in to the Marriott Hotel downtown and caught a bus out to Westfarms shopping mall. It was predictably soulless, like shopping malls everywhere. We could have been in Westfields, London.

We are staying at the Marriott for the rest of the tour as the remaining gigs are close by. Today we have a forty mile drive to the Infinity Hall in Norfolk.

10am. Sitting in Starbucks with Sadie and a lady comes over and says, "I hope you don't mind me saying but you look just like Marianne (!) McGovern from Downton Abbey. You could be a film star!" We all smile, say nothing, and she leaves.

1pm and we're loaded up and ready for off. Once we leave Hartford behind it's a beautiful drive through rural Connecticut. Blue sky. Snow.
Tumbling rivers. Birches and pines.
Em route we listened to Barry Walsh's beautiful new album 'Silencio', it's musical landscapes complementing the mood of the drive perfectly. It's a lovely, evocative album. Check it out.

The Infinity Hall is a beautiful old wood structure, constructed in 1883 and originally functioning as a combination opera house, barber shop and saloon.

Known as the Norfolk Opera House it hosted vaudeville and theatrical presentations until the late 1940s. Mark Twain once performed here!

For the following four decades it was used as a restaurant and a grocery store, closed in 1994 and remained vacant for four years until it's restoration in 1998.

Tonight was our best gig so far, a lovely audience and the band are beginning to cook. We had a laugh, the audience laughed with us, the crew and management looked after us splendidly. We had fans who drove up from New York City, fans who made the long trek from Georgia and a couple who flew up from Louisiana!

Thank you guys for making the journeys and supporting us on ours...

After the gig we drove home through the dark winter night listening to an advance copy of Gretchen Peters fabulous new album 'Blackbirds', due in February. Can't wait.

Pawtucket, Rhode Island up next.

Steve 

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