Tuesday, April 25, 2006

shiver stramash

I went to see the Battlefield Band last night at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh. It was a small intimate venue and I had a great seat. The fiddle player Alisdair White was phenomenal and so was the Piper Mike Katz who blasted away as though he was handling a pneumatic drill between his cheeks. However, the guitarist sang a Woody Guthrie song and murdered it. He also unwisely tried his dodgy vocals at Tom Waits 'Shiver me Timbers'. Sung with an Irish accent made for an interesting experience, but one i care not to repeat. A real shame as the band seem a pale imitation of the original line up. Brian McNeil was the numero uno singer and fiddler in my book.The band have been truckin for over 30 years and like the William Wallace sword has had 3 new blades and 4 new handles but still is regarded as the 'real mccoy' Worth a checkeroo if you get the chance but no surprises in the sartorial department. The guitarist could have polished his shoes...looked like he had rolled out of a transit with last years carry out...
I don't have anything by them to transport , but here is there kindred spirits..with a spirited wee stramash.

The Tannahill Weavers Draw Burn the Bridges mp3


Blogger Happy In Bag said...

Thanks for the report on the new lineup. Perhaps the BB would pay you to offer a wardrobe makeover.

BB comes through my little town about every 18 months, but the last time I went was about 5 years ago.

5:45 pm  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

i would happily oblige.. i know that some bands don't think it's important, but given they were doing a video I for one don't think drab clothes are going to sell the thing visually. Lets get some Gene Simmons in as stylist!!

8:23 pm  

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