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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Early Bird Band @ St. Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, Crook –September 18.

Matthew McKellar, drums, Dan Lawrence, bass, Francis Tulip, guitar (led by Paul Edis, clarinet / piano).
(Review/photo by Jerry)
Last time this group was here I missed them, owing to a bump in the car. Determined to “get the worm”, I came early this time and was rewarded with a nicely varied five tune “mini-set” including Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are and Anthropology.
I could only guess at the ages of the musicians: Paul Edis admitted that they made him (and the other Sextet members watching appreciatively from the sidelines) “feel old”. In which case, for me, substitute “ancient” for “old”! But age is irrelevant if you have real talent – and these lads have!
I’m not sure of the degree of difficulty attached to the use of various drumming implements (Adam Sinclair later gave a master-class using the whole range) but Matthew McKellar used brushes subtly and to good effect on all five numbers and more than held his own trading fours. Dan Lawrence, steady and fluent on bass guitar, joined him in laying the foundations on which guitar and clarinet elaborated. Francis Tulip, on guitar, solo-ed with great dexterity and remarkable confidence with some bluesy overtones thrown in for good measure. Well done to all!
The pleasure of performing was evident on the faces of the young musicians (and their mentor) in all five numbers. The audience loved it too!
Jerry

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