partake of any local food, yuppie or otherwise, but your roving
reporter was at this excellent gig.
Tip - if you're going to do a write up of a gig, do
it before sleeping, while it's still all still fresh in the memory!
Swill did a sound check at about 8:10, followed by
Stepan Pasicznyk's (aka Ludwig) support set. He's the accordion
player/singer of the Ukes and a former member of The Ukrainians. See http://www.pasicznyk.fsnet.co.uk.
Unusual is the word I think. Stepan sounds totally English, but
performed all his songs in Ukrainian. As he put it "if you think I'll
have a hard job holding your attention with just an accordion and a
voice, I'll also be doing it in a language you don't understand!" He
carries it off though with his enthusiasm & explanations of the
songs as he goes along.
Swill did a continuous set from around 9:00 to
10:50 with various Swaggers joining leaving during it.
Swaggers consisted of:
- Swill (with bad haircut (see below))
- Tom Spencer (with hat "to cover bad haircut", on
guitar & "free" mandolin)
- Ash (Swill's neighbour, with weird beard, black
baseball cap & Knopfler impressions on guitar)
- Ricky (needing no introduction, on occasionally
audible bass guitar, & sometimes plucking other than top 2
- Jon (Swill's brother on bongo type thing, portable
drum & shaking coke can full of ball bearings (can't you tell
I'm a musician ?!))
Setlist nicked from stage reads verbatim:
- Marjory & Johnny Solo
- Greenback Dollar Solo
- Elvis Lives Solo
- In the Jailhouse Now S & Tom gtr
- The Thief, The Brief & . Tom &
- Ready to blow All
- Family Way All
- These Days All
- Hanwell Shuffle All
- Singing Elvis All
- Walkin' Talkin' All
- Lost in the Flood Ash
- Going Back To Coventry Solo
- Deep Blue Sea Tom & Ricky
- The Story Tom & Ricky gtr
- The Green Fields of France All
POSS ENCORE SONGS
- Tightrope Solo
- Sam Hill Solo
- You make my life complete Solo
- Birth of the Bop Ricky & Swill
- The Day After Tom & Ricky man capo
- Scarlet Ribbons All
- A Night To Remember All
- Red Rocks Solo
- Barratts Solo
There wasn't time for all of those, & the
order changed a bit, but no doubt, all will become clear when Pete's
recording hits the streets. A few new songs there too - to be included
on next album, whose title was mentioned but I didn't catch.
Swill did finish with a much requested rendition of
Barratts. No stage invasion during Green Fields of France - it would
have been too easy - perhaps it's the challenge which motivates people!
There were a few Wenlock T-shirts proudly on
display & a lot of familiar faces. The compulsory Bees raffle.
Bar service good. And that's about it - a good time was had by all.
Many thanks to Pete Crook & all concerned.
PS: who was that at the bar drinking my bitter,
mistaking it for his lager ?