Juggler and Comedian, Jon Udry is on his biggest and most challenging tour yet. The ABC Tour; 26 shows in 26 different venues, one for each letter of the alphabet....
ABC Tour Blog
So many people have been asking if they can give money to the ABC Tour. Well ok, not that many. Actually, no one has said that, and maybe that’s the problem!
We are almost at the half way point of the ABC Tour, and so far I have been completely funding this project myself. Most of the shows have been free entry, unless they take money for the venue, or the venue wants donations for a particular charity. I do not make a penny on the ABC Tour shows. If anything, I make minus pennies! But to be honest, I’m ok with that.
Lots of ABC Tour news flying in like a bat; sneaky and erratic. First things first, L is confirmed. L is for Library!
I hope that soon, I will have a simple link that I will be able to include here and on the poster. But for now, if you want tickets, head to Bristol library or contact me directly.
For this blog post I wanted to try and give you more of an idea of my situation whilst writing the blog. So, this week, I am going to be listening to music, and whenever the track changes, I’ll write the track I’m listen to in red writing like this. Just for a bit of fun!
(Hole in the Bucket by Michael Franti) I am currently sat at home, have poured a generous glass of malbec, and have given myself the task of writing this week’s blog. Here we go…
Unfortunately, I have had no luck with booking an ice rink for me to do a show on. Despite taking ice skating lessons (Thanks Linda!). However, I have found that it is always good to try and turn a negative situation into a positive opportunity. So the next thing to do was to find another date for I in the alphabet. I didn’t want to have to change other dates on the tour to try and fit around my new “I” date. And I wanted something that would be different to the other letters. So here it is, and I hope you’re ready for it. Are you? Well ok then. The show for I is…….Internet!
Despite waking up with a nose packed tightly full of snot and a gravely smokers voice (I’ve never smoked), yesterday was still a fantastic day. I started the day by running through the plan for the show that was to happen that night. It was J is for Jail on the ABC Tour. Routines practiced. Lists checked. Everything packed. Loaded into the car. Done.
Uh oh! I am a little bit behind on keeping this blog to date. Well, have I got some news for you? Yes, yes I do.
To start with, I have a new video. Below is the video for F is for Forest. Big thanks to Anton and Howie for helping to film this one. The forest show was really fun, but logistically very tricky. I hope you enjoy the vid!
What?! Two new videos? Wow, I really am spoiling you, you lucky so and so.
Here we have the new edit of D is for Door Shop.
And also, the new edit of E is for Eden Project.
Another show has been added onto the ABC Tour. J is for Jail. Details below.
Here it is, the 9th show on the ABC Tour: I is for Ice Rink.
Performing at the hairdressers was ace. Of course, pre show, I had the scheduled and predicted anxieties that nobody would turn up. Once the show was all set up, I took advantage of the venue and was treated to a lovely haircut as the audience walked in and took their comfortable, swivel-able and adjustable seats.
Here is the video of C is for Castle. Thank-you again to Tom and his lovely family at Usk Castle and for everyone that came along. It was a really magical experience.
Recently I have been trying my best to push the promotional side of the ABC Tour. I am not very good at this. There seem to be too many variables. I could promote one show a little bit and get a big audience, and then conversely, I promote a show a lot, and get not many people turn up. This is what happened last night.
Eden Project! Wow, what a venue. Now, before I talk about how it went, I have a little confession. When organising shows for this tour, I had very strict rules on venues.
1. It can’t be a place name. For example, Norway, Cornwall, or Bristol.
2. It can't be a brand name. For example Ikea, Primark or Tesco.
3. It can't be a type of place. For example an Indian restaurant is R for restaurant and not I for Indian restaurant.
I have officially booked 7 out of 26 shows of the ABC Tour. To be honest, there was a part of me that thought that it really wouldn't get this far. But there’s no going back now!
I am now very pleased to announce that show 6 is now well and truly confirmed. F is for Forest!
This one is going to be really exciting for a few reasons; it is going to be there first show that is going to be lit by fire, and it is in a stunning location. There are no toilets, so be prepared.
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, the second video of the ABC Tour series. Here it is: B is for Bakery
I have just finished unpacking the car from my gig tonight at Door World in Bristol. That’s right, tonight was D is for Door Shop on the ABC Tour, and it went a lot better than I was expecting. I have to be honest, as I was setting up, I had a funny feeling that this would be the show that no one would show up to. I felt anxious. The show was due to start at 6pm.
I recently performed C is for Castle at Usk Castle in Wales. Wow! What a night. I was a little anxious about this one for a few reasons:
The ABC Tour is off to a flying start. The first stop was Bristol aquarium. I have to be honest, I did feel like King of the Blags by getting to perform here. It just so happened that the stars aligned; the aquarium staff were having a staff do and they needed some entertainment. I was joined by my good friend Sam Veale who was helping out with filming and setting up the sound.
Ok, the ABC is well on the way with the first show happening tomorrow. This is the place to find all of the up and coming info about it. If you don't want to check here, then you can always like my facebook page www.facebook.com/jonudry where I will be posting updates and events regularly.
Here are the upcoming dates from A-C:
The ABC Tour starts tomorrow. On this page you'll be able to find all of the latest information on the ABC inluding upcoming dates, behind the scenes photos, summaries of shows, and videos as and when they are released. For now, here is the new logo for the ABC Tour designed by desine.net. More information coming soon.
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