Nedski & Mojo in Chelsea

Ned Luberecki and Stephen Mougin are touring this month in England, and Stephen has sent along a travelogue of their time across the pond. On day 2 they play their first London show.

Nedski & Mojo in ChelseaIn the morning on Tuesday, I joined Kelley and crew at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for a few hours of viewing. Nedski stayed behind at the “hotel” to catch up on some radio work. Another fantastic place to see, even the lunch was amazing at the V and A!

The kickoff of the tour was the show that started this whole journey. The Art Gallery at Chelsea Space had a showing of Hatch Show Prints and they wanted some Nashville-based musicians to perform at the opening. One of the London curators now lives in Nashville, on the same street as Nedski! Chelsea Space is attached to the Chelsea School of Art, and next door to the Tate Brittan (an Art museum). It was an interesting showing of the famous Hatch block prints, and Ned and Kelly’s wedding poster was actually IN the exhibit!

There was a fantastic crowd through the gallery during our two set show. It turns out that the Dean of the Chelsea School is a Bluegrass enthusiast (and guitar player) and was very excited to see our show!

Hatch Show Prints show at The Art Gallery at Chelsea SpaceThe Londoners raved, claiming the show to be “brilliant” (which may be the first time anyone has ever said that about Nedski and Mojo… collectively or independently!).

A contingent of Nashvillians came over for this event (all pals of Kelley and Ned), and it was nice to see some familiar faces out in the crowd! After a couple of group photos at the end of the evening, we tore down the gear and headed to the pub. Unfortunately, we were looking for food. We arrived at the pub and check with the waitress at 9:01… you guessed it, they shut the kitchen down at 9. Off to the convenience store for a sandwich!

Later on, we found ourselves in Victoria Square station where we found food of all sorts. I got my first Cornish Pasty, which Sim Daley has been telling me about for years!

Another delicious day in London!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.