It's great to hear that you are getting out there and playing. I played (and still do) in bands, groups and musical ensembles of many types and styles, but I decided to play solo with the cigar box stuff and have played in many places. I now also use an acoustic foot drum and a headless tambourine equipped hi hat. I love it. As a slide player, all of the rules can be thrown out and you can really enjoy yourself whilst entertaining.
Keep an eye on the events section for gigs and stuff. I realize that it's mainly American, but it is worth checking it out now and again.
Thanks for the friend message. I see you have joined the "London" group. I was just going to suggest that. Where are you based? I think this is a great site with some really supportive people on it. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment and information here.