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Friday, September 23, 2016

Michael Woods @ The Lit & Phil. September 23

Michael Woods (guitar & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Newcastle based Michael Woods opened and closed his Lit & Phil lunchtime set of fifty minutes playing his six string Taylor acoustic. The regional folklore of Salter’s Bridge to begin, a string of American country blues to follow; Ain’t No Tellin’, Deep Ellum and an excellent take on Blind Blake’s Excuse Me, Mr Phelps? Mississippi Blues (Willie Brown) a final tune, for now, on the Taylor.
Resonator time! Picking up his custom made pride and joy, Woods jumped aboard a fast travellin’ freight train in the company of Leadbelly, Robert Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller by way of Ry Cooder, Keith Richards and Sam Mitchell, singing and playing a bottleneck blues compendium of classic tunes. The softly spoken Woods made the case for ‘a sort of County Durham blues’ courtesy of Tommy Armstrong, circa 1892. Austerity times, 1892, fast forward to 2016, plus ça change? Woods observed that the Rolling Stones’ early, and for some, best material, was all in open G tuning. So, we got Love in Vain, not quite a Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! ‘Keef’ and Mick (Taylor) showcase, more like a Michael Woods’ down home Lit and Phil take in the lee of Central Station…When the train left the station…the blue light was my blues…
To close, Martin in hand, the left handed Woods returned to his East Coast Fret album to play an original composition – Blink of an Eye; Tyneside’s heavy engineering skills once more on the world stage designing, constructing and securing the Gateshead Millennium Bridge across the Tyne. Check out Michael Woods at: www.michaelwoodsmusic.com.
Russell.

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