Brixham pub celebrating a thousand nights of Comfort
THERE'S a remarkable milestone coming up at the Ernie Lister Bar in Brixham on Sunday.
The night marks the 1,000th Sunday night appearance of acoustic guitar duo Southern Comfort at the popular bar.
Jim Low and Kathie Johnston have played more than 3,500 gigs together in live music venues, music festivals, corporate events, pubs and clubs.
Their longevity can be attributed to several things, but their massive, eclectic and constantly increasing set list must be a key influence.
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No two gigs are ever the same as the music performed is largely chosen by the audience on the night.
Jim said: "We never know what songs we'll be playing from one night to the next.
"A typical night this month might include some Killers, Rolling Stones, Jack Johnson, Snow Patrol or The Kinks, but then someone will shout out for Mumford and Sons and the whole gig will take a different direction.
"We like bands with a 'stripped down' sound as it suits our set-up. We don't use any pre-recorded backing tracks, so what you hear is what we're playing.
"The last few years has been particularly good for acoustic style artists — Jack Johnson, Paolo Nutini, White Stripes, Ed Sheeran and Amy McDonald to name but a few.
"These are probably our most requested songs at the minute."
In 20 years of performing together Southern Comfort have rarely cancelled a gig.
Kathie added: "There was one memorable occasion when Jim had to go to a gig alone, but I had a pretty good excuse...it was the day our son Callum was born.
"We played at the Blue Anchor the night before, and in retrospect I should have considered taking some maternity leave!
"Throughout the Saturday evening I was feeling uncomfortable with the weight of the bass guitar, and the pub was packed and hot as it was August.
"Callum was born at 5am, so Jim very kindly suggested that I take the next night off!"
The weekly Sunday night gig at the Ernie Lister started back in 1992 when friend and fellow guitarist Dick Phipps called Jim and suggested he give the pub's manager a call.
Dick had played there on the Saturday night, and the venue had asked him to recommend a band for the Sunday slot.
Kathie added: "I've enjoyed an interesting and busy career in music and it shows no signs of slowing down!"
All are welcome on Sunday from 9pm.