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Thread #82548   Message #1523448
Posted By: GUEST,Iain Cameron
18-Jul-05 - 02:21 PM
Thread Name: Gig - Davey Graham / Steve Benbow: 15 July
Subject: RE: Gig - Davey Graham / Steve Benbow: 15 July
At the Bush I found the place - not a part of London I know - well I know East Acton and the Bush is just further down the road.. It s a very ethnically diverse part of London. Mark let me in early and Gilbert was doing his sound check. It was really good to see him and have some time to talk - unlike the Lullabies where I was running around all the while.

Davy Graham played a set to end the first half and opened with a tune that Charlie and Lucky Ranku had played at the Lullabies - Blue Bossa. The second set opened with Pamela Wynne-Shannon who was at the Tamworth event last year - she played pretty well but looked different. Then it was Gilbert - he opened with the Lullaby and played the best version I have heard of it - then Parasite and finally a reading of Nuages. It sounded really good to me and complimented DG especially well. Next on was Mark Pavey - I began to realise how his songs work - something that had rather eluded me. They are designed for live performance with acoustic guitar miked through a big PA and come across with great power in those circs. He also played 2 Jackson Frank songs - very well . Davy rounded off the evening and then we all went upstairs for the after hours bar - I stayed as long as I could.

The audience was pretty good. The Guardian article the same day on D Graham must have helped a lot. The article makes out that DG is pretty hard to handle and you can never be sure what he is going to play - and in one sense that s true. But there is another way of looking at it. It seemed to me that I was watching someone who plays 'in the moment' more than most musicians - and in that sense he is like Ornette Coleman or Cecil Taylor - with those guys you never know what you will get either. There is a sense when you watch/listen that you are watching a sage - but that his ideas are quite often a little beyond your reach - of course you cant be sure.

I gave Gilbert a copy of the 10SS