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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Marie Curie Fundraiser: A Concert for Margaret Barnes @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - July 20

(Review by Russell)

The Lit & Phil's evening session included a second appearance of the day by Bradley Johnston. Earlier, the Wearside-based guitarist had given a masterclass as one half of Hand to Mouth, his Joe Pass-Ella Fitzgerald duo partnership with Lindsay Hannon. This evening set presented Johnston working alongside bassist Andy Champion and drummer Russ Morgan. 

Bradley Johnston Trio: Bradley Johnston (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums) 
Brad noted this was a first occasion working with Andy (let's hope it'll be the first of many). Russ, drummer of choice for many, had gigged a few times with BJ which all but guaranteed a trio masterclass. Our guitarist included a couple of his own compositions and chose to open the set with For Joe. The Joe in question...Joe Pass, of course.

Brad's duo gig with fellow guitarist James Birkett provided source material; Deuce Ambience and Nuages. Was this a first for Andy? For Russ, for that matter? Champion and Morgan playing Hot Club-style! Well, not so much 'in the style', more their interpretation of the ever-popular form.

For Frisell (comp. B Johnston) embraced Bill Frisell's penchant for country twang and a hymnal vibe. 'S Wonderful was, wonderful, that is, with all three musicians soloing. Multi-bill events require a disciplined approach and the Bradley Johnston Trio kept to time signing off with Belleville
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