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London 23 April 2010
release from the Quireboys is an acoustic offering called 'Halfpenny
Dancer'. An album full of new arrangements of Quireboys favourites
but not the obvious ones and a couple of wise choice cover versions.
Tonight with a little help from some friends the Quireboys are a 9 piece
band playing an Americana acoustic vibe with violin, mandolin, lap steel
guitars, dobro and piano filling out the sound.
are at the plush Jazz Cafe in the heart of Camden, with some dining
upstairs with their wine, this is the perfect setting for this style of
entertainment. With Spike being in jubilant mood as he enters the
stage, ''What about Newcastle United then?'' cheering on his team who
had just been promoted to the football league premiership. Some
wag replies ''West Brom'' to which Spike replies ''West Brom! same strip
nah talent'', from the off ,this is Spike's party.
with a bit of what we fancy in 'There She Goes Again'' Spike then holds
his glass aloft proclaiming he's off the booze, but his glass of coke
looked a little diluted with something to my eyes.Three songs later
Spike is drinking from a bottle of Tuborg lager. I drank to that.
song to uncle Phil, the band did an enchanting cover of the UFO classic
'Love To Love' completely unrecognizable from the original except for
the lyrics, this reworking must put a smile on Phil Mogg's face,
although the UFO frontman was in fact uncle to former Quireboy bassist
Girls' is another good choice brought out from the vaults that was
originally a B-side. Spike is happy to ramble on between songs and
when Guy Griffin has had enough he interupts and introduces the next
song. Blyth spartan Paul Guerin is happy to keep quiet
concentrating on his soulful playing.
Loving You' was a slow number which sounded like one of Rod Stewart's
best pieces of work but it wasn't until towards the end of the song that
i realised it was the smash hit for Leo Sayer back in the seventies.
One of the best songs of the night.
acknowledges those dining up on the balcony, ''How about passing down
some of your wine? I'm running out of drink down here.''.
Dedicating a song to his father 'King Of New York' was another heartfelt
number. Glasses were raised to Frankie Miller for a cover of
'Bottle Of Whiskey' which was another top Scotch num.....er hic ...
sorry ,top notch number.
It time for
a party at the end of the set with a big sing-a-long for '7 O'Clock'.
Encoreing with 'Have A Drink With Me', ''It's St.Geordie's Day Today''
Spike rightly says followed by a couple of tunes from the rather good 'Homewreckers
& Heartbreakers' album in 'I Love This Dirty Town' and ''A song that is
guaranteed to get you a shag...no! it's not Sex Party', 'Late Night
smash hit ballad 'I Don't Love You Anymore' rounding off the night, this
was a highly professional set. Did I just say that about the
Set list: There She Goes Again / Devil Of A Man / Mona Lisa Smiled /
Love To Love / Roses & Rings / Hello / Pretty Girls / Hates To Please /
Can't Stop Loving You / He'll Have To Go / Misled / King Of New York /
One For The Road / Bottle Of Whiskey / 7 O'Clock
Encores ..Have A Drink With Me / I Love This Dirty Town / Late Night
Saturday Call / Long Time Comin' / I Don't Love You Anymore
Photos by Noel
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