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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Skeltr & Skwid Ink @ The Bridge Hotel - July 9

(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew). 
After a matter of seconds of the opening number, I knew that this was going to be one of those extra special gigs. Ace BSH snapper Ken Drew confirmed my initial enthusiasm at the conclusion of the first number. This was Skeltr’s inaugural gig in this country (their only previous gig being at a festival in Rotterdam) maybe their freshness contributed to the raw power and excitement of this dynamic duo. Further tension was created each time a new piece was triggered on the various electronic devices as no one knew what the exact outcome would be. Luckily everything seemed to work perfectly and the audience was treated to as an exhilarating and uplifting performance as I can remember. 
Against a background of a pre-recorded soundscape of electronic samples, the band produced a ferocious and joyous live performance. Healey on alto was both melodic and adventurous whilst Hanson on drums was simply sensational. All the while the pair were augmenting everything going on with various electronic improvisations. The groove they created had everyone in the audience if not dancing then at least tapping their feet. Who knows how this band will develop? at least we will be able to get an another chance to see as they will be playing the Jazz Café in early 2018. I would catch them there if you can because soon they may well be headlining on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
Earlier in the evening, Skwid Ink, a young band from Leeds, performed a highly entertaining and creative set of ‘punk’ jazz. Appearing in various degrees of fancy dress although, fortunately, the blue crocheted balaclava of guitarist Lakin was quickly discarded due to it preventing him from seeing. Despite some poorly executed pieces of stagecraft,
the music was consistently interesting and enjoyable and I am sure they will only get tighter and better with time.

Steve H.   
Skeltr - Sam Healey (saxophone & keyboards & electronics); Craig Hanson (drums)    
Skwid Ink - Will Lakin (guitar); George MacDonald (keyboards); Fergus Quill (bass); George Hall (drums).

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