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Saturday, November 09, 2013

It’s a Lockout! - Djangologie at St.Cuthbert’s Hall Crook - Friday November 8

Mick Shoulder (bass), Emma Fisk (violin), Giles Strong (guitar) and James Birkett (guitar).
(Review by Jerry)
Even when the main door jams and can’t be fixed there’s always a welcome (and a biblical abundance of pizza!) in Crook. 80+ of us (more than there were printed tickets for!) trooped through the back door and settled down for a great return visit by Djangologie. Two latecomers were literally locked out when the back door clashed shut – but they were swiftly admitted when their plight was spotted: in Crook, there is a welcome even for the tardy (and pizza and CD’s)!
 I mention CD’s because Mick did, repeatedly: sartorially elegant like an extra from The Godfather, he warned that no-one would leave without a CD so it looked like we might have a lock-IN as well. Not necessary, as it happened – no-one wanted to leave at the end, never mind during the performance. And he DID sell lots of CD’s, though I'm sure this was down to the quality of the music rather than the threads (or threats)!

The set-list featured a mix of “nice old tunes” (Reinhardt, Archibald Joyce), more recent tunes (Winterstein’s Hunn O Pani Naschella– still can’t find a translation for that –and Jovanovic’s Gelem Gelem  for example) and an even more recent composition by Thomas Dutronc who is, according to Emma, “gorgeous”! No surprise really (showing my age here!) as his mother was Francoise Hardy, and who DIDN’T have a crush on her??? Interspersed with these were great originals musically chronicling the “mainstays” of Mick’s life – “dogs and failed romance”! It’ll make a great biopic one day, for sure! Some (Feuille d’Automne, Dans Mon Endroit Tranquille, Beautiful Till 3 for example) were already old friends from yomping up and down the M1 where Djangologie’s CD is required listening (go easy on us, Mick, we’ve already bought it!)  Others were completely new to us such as Song for Izumi dedicated to another gorgeously inspiring (to Mick, this time) musician / actress, Izumi Yukimura. That’s a long way from the till in Morrison’s, but beautiful too!
Amazing solos all round inspired the audience (just as last year) to noisy approval; I had two good bottled ales, ate too much pizza AND won a raffle prize. I will treasure the memory of Emma Fisk sneezing in the middle of J’Attendrai without missing a beat (don’t see that every day!) and I’ll be first on the waiting-list when this superb band get round to a second CD! That’d be an offer I can’t refuse!
Jerry

1 comment :

Lance said...

And if you were locked out you can catch the band on Monday night in Jesmond at the Cherry Tree Restaurant on Osborne Road.

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