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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio w. Steve Andrews @ Ashington Jazz Club August 4.

Steve Andrews (ten/alt/clt.whistle), Keith Stephen (gtr/bjo), Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl), Bruce Rollo (bs.)
Suffering from withdrawal symptoms, (No Splinter at The Bridge etc.) We ventured further north to The Elephant at Ashington expecting to be charmed by Caroline Irwin vocals and Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio. The Trio were on fine form but Caroline had a sore throat and had been replaced by the "slightly less than petite" Steve Andrews.
However! We received a very warm welcome at the door and joined quite a large audience for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.
The Trio - Keith Stephen who makes and plays his own instruments, Guitars and Banjos! - with our very own (Blaydon) Roly Veitch on rhythm guitar and vocals and Bruce Rollo on Bass began the proceedings with a Django number Rue Vingt Six and I imagined myself round the fire in a Gypsy encampment, very exciting.
The Trio were then joined by their guest of very short notice Mr Steve Andrews with a selection of instruments namely alto and tenor Sax, (I think?) clarinet and penny whistle. I will not list all of the numbers but a delightful smattering of Stardust was followed by such numbers as Say It Isn't So with Roly vocals. Swing Gitane another Django piece and various others from that well known Song Book.
In the interval Roly had a request to sing one of his Canny Tyne Side songs, I have forgotten the name of the woods involved but some poor soul made the mistake of falling for a strumpet called Rose and paid the price. Very Entertaining. (Ed-The Ha'penny Woods of Bedlington)
The Second half included one of Roly's own compositions Calypso Jim, one or two more from the book and Nuages (That means Clouds in French) another Django number and then the evening came to an end with Keith on Banjo (and singing) plus Steve on Alto playing Sheik of Araby.
We may have initially been disappointed by the absence of Caroline but Steve played with such feeling and sensitivity with the excellent backing of the trio that we felt very glad we had ventured out to hear something rather different to out normal taste and had enjoyed it greatly.
J & K
PS: Other numbers, I'm told on authority, included; Swing Gitane, Swing 39, Minor Swing, There Will Never be Another You, China Boy, Exactly Like You, I Saw Stars, I'm Confessin', Sweet Sue.
PPS: Photo courtesy of Peter S

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