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Friday, October 19, 2012

Djangologie @ The Sage. October 18

James Birkett (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Emma Fisk (violin) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
 The Sage Gateshead’s intimate four hundred capacity Hall Two hosted the opening concert of this year’s International Guitar Festival. Hot Club specialists Djangologie could not have wished for a better platform on which to launch their new CD. Djangologists, students of the guitar and other discerning concert goers heard classic   material and a few numbers in the idiom composed by bassist Mick Shoulder.
 Coquette, Belleville and Nuages won deserved applause. The latter tune, heard so many times, yet on this take, Emma Fisk, virtuoso that she is, gave a stunning performance eliciting a rapturous reception. Djangologist and bass player Mick Shoulder remarked that it brought a tear to the eye.
Quite. 
Shoulder’s writing skills are such that his own material - Django’s Stomp (Django being a one time canine companion of Shoulder) and The Sinister Drag (a second set highlight) - stands fair comparison with the more familiar. 
The first set at an end, the applause had to be heard to be believed. Master guitarist James Birkett brought the house down on Oh, Lady be Good and The Sheik of Araby (always good fun) featured the quartet in whirling dervish mode (Birkett and Fisk could not play any faster if their lives depended upon it). Amazing! Rhythm guitarist Giles Strong is, I guess, a musician’s musician. Unsung but indispensable and pretty darn good at what he does (first name on the team sheet, if you will). Many tunes, countless highlights and lots of CDs - The New Leaf - sold at the end of the night. Perfect.
Russell                     

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