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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Paul Skerritt Band @ Salsa Café March 15

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I caught the first set by Paul Gowland at the Jazz Café then Salsaed around the corner to the Westgate Road Tapas Bar resisting the urge to join the milling throng eager to see Stiff Little Fingers who were performing at the Academy.
Paul G's gig will be reviewed in a separate post by Kath J.
Just about everyone in the room seemed to be celebrating their birthday. Paul S joined in the proceedings  by singing Happy Birthday to each and everyone of the celebrants at their tables. Pal Joey Lives!
The formalities dispensed with, it was all systems go with a fine version of Bill Withers' Lovely Day to kick off the second set proper. Next up The Gentleman is a Tramp. Yes, you read that correctly, a set of original lyrics to the Rodgers and Hart classic! I Feel Good and Sway were next on the menu. This latter number had Skerritt leaving the stage to serenade the diners. Is this Westgate Road or The Strip?
More traditional material with King of the Swingers and Mack the Knife followed by Play that Funky Music White Man and Stuck in the Middle With You before I had to, reluctantly, bid farewell.
Apart from Frank, sorry Paul, James Harrison was on top form playing some incredible solos aided and abetted by his frequent associates Anth and Tom.
It had been a good evening all round and I happily opted for a taxi after the number 27 had become a distant memory.
Lance.

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