SIMMONDS in "I CAN SING" SHOCKER!!!!
All the pre-gig kerfuffle that surrounded the Bristol &
Newcastle gigs, but where was everyone for Paul & Swill's first
PJB & TWK outing prior to their German live appearances to
The Barn, at Southwick is a
perfect venue for gigs such as these (indeed, TMTCH have played there
before); and hosted by an enthusiastic MC Attila the poetry lout
(remember Iron Men Of Rap?) it deserved better attendance from
Rawhiders than it actually got.
things being equal it was perhaps fitting that a stripped down audience
should see a stripped down sound. It gave it that 'family feel' as
backpages of an illustrious songwriting history were flicked through
with Swill & Paul sharing vocal duties (yes, Paul sings folks!)
and supported by Dave Kent on whistles, harmonica and occasional
& Liberty Cage songs were given just as much attention as the
PJB material, but with revised interpretations to make them appear new
again. Ironmasters, the Bells, Ghosts of Cable Street, Refugee,
Nightbird & You make my mind stand still (for anyone who missed
this version with Dave in fine vocal form you missed out big time!)
rubbed confident shoulders with The Light, The Rising Road, Barretts
Privateers & The Trigger so that the cumulative effect was of
having witnessed one of those rare gigs that people talk about with
great fondness but you always seem to miss out on. This time, I'm very
glad and proud to say "I was there".
seen TMTCH before, more times than I can remember...and will see them
again I'm sure, but PJB & TWK always seemed like it was going
to be golden...and by jimbo it was. Thanks guys.
BACK TO COVENTRY
PIECES OF PARADISE
MERCY OF THE GUARDS
GHOSTS OF CABLE STREET
YOU MAKE MY MIND STAND STILL
RIBBONS (or GREEN BUTTONS?! If you were there you'll know what I mean)