A glorious Thursday evening almost achieving the trick of making me believe it was mid-summer and not late April seemed like a good omen for the Magic Hat Ensemble. Would it be too cruel to use the name for a series of not very funny gags based on their non-appearance at St. James Wine Vaults last night? I wheezed up at the appointed hour (the weather had induced me to break out the bike), only to find that the band were still waiting for the AA somewhere beside the the M4 just outside London. Ho hum – lets hope they make to Bristol for this evening where they are due at the Be-Bop Club. It did conjure up a rather pleasing image of a band really on tour all squashed into a (not very reliable) van. The dates on their itinerary confirm they have been getting about a bit.