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   Odgers & Simmonds, Sussex (Southwick Barn, 22-April-2000)

PAUL 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 promote 'Babyfishlips'?

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.

But all 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 vocals.

TMTCH & 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".

I've 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.

Track listing follows:

GOING BACK TO COVENTRY
THE TRIGGER
PIECES OF PARADISE
NIGHTBIRD
BARRETT'S PRIVATEERS
MERCY OF THE GUARDS
GHOSTS OF CABLE STREET
RISING ROAD
REFUGEE
THE LIGHT
THE BELLS
YOU MAKE MY MIND STAND STILL
GREENBACK DOLLAR
IRONMASTERS

Encore:

SCARLET RIBBONS (or GREEN BUTTONS?! If you were there you'll know what I mean)
WALKIN' TALKIN'

Graeme Scarfe

 

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