Last night was quite a special night in Devizes, little did we all know but we were in the middle of a 3 way tug-of-war for audience from 3 quality gigs, something I would usually want to avoid like the plague!
Ian Hopkins, our blues stalwart had The Strawbs at the Long Street Blues Club, Ian James has Badness and an 80’s night at the Corn Exchange, where as Sheer Music had Jon Amor and Rhiannon Mair in at The Lamb.
All three gigs were effectively sold out, as Devizes proved that regular or indeed overlapping live music need not be a bad thing, or an hindrance, provided the entertainment on offer is good quality! (I say effectively, since my show was free entry, and so can’t really sell out)
All the big guns were out, we had “Big Nose Ken” Ansted, photographer extraordinaire managed to make two of the shows, Crammer Magazine scribe Chris Palmer made all 3(!) and that dude we keep seeing dancing strangely at any event that’ll allow, made the spot in front of the log fire, his own.
Sorry for the bi-polar effect of James Brown’s Get On Up, getting played immediately as Barney Goodall finished. Barney showed poise and technical ability in his first outing for me on Piano. I love the guy, he just needs to play some happier / story songs that I know and love him for!
Chris Worthy admits he essentially plays the same set each time, just in a different order. It’s always a pleasure to see him and Lucie out, and as Drinking Tiles proves, Chris’s old Soulswitch songs are as good as any songs Devizes musicians have produced, they’re also standing the test of time!
Rhiannon Mair absolutely stormed her 3rd Devizes performance. True to form, we have managed to build up her fan base locally and the applause she got at the end of her set was the loudest I’ve seen in The Lamb. Sorry she didn’t get chance for an encore after you begged so much – but never fear, she will be returning to Devizes in August for Party In The Park. You heard it here first!
This night had it all, eclectic music, great banter (Hey Jon, sniff your mic!) a rendition of the Top Gear Theme, a bit of Jon’s multi layering up of sound to create his backing band, before whipping out the old electric to shred the best blues you’ll hear a white man play, and this ladies and gents is why Jon is so highly regarded, because he is an absolute talent!
On another positive note, last night was the first we had the function room bar open at a gig, and it was a welcome addition to the atmosphere, as it feels we have an entire separate, self contained venue now. The Lamb surely has to be the best venue around for this sort of thing? Be sure to come to the next show to indulge in the atmosphere!
MANY THANKS AS EVER!