If the first half was well on form, the second took off into the stratosphere with each of the band sparking off one another in ludicrously "out there" pieces of (I guess) semi-improvised tangents.
Their rendition of The Water Carrier was something very special indeed; mastery in action. Peter taking his instrument to places where fiddles don't often go and then finding his way back into the theme before Roger built on his solid-as-a-rock rhythm playing to also explore the edges of melody. Vincent took his turn, driving his percussion as a lead instrument whilst Peter and Roger kept the rhythm throbbing underneath. What a treat.From the massively complex Water Carrier to the beautifully simple and affecting blues of Sitting on Top of the World, no one should be any doubt that Gigspanner can deliver and in spades.
Also amongst the late night revellers were Dong and The High Lord of Southwick; BathNick is just out of shot.And also, of course, some wildly overweight bloke with a white stick who demanded a photo opportunity with the band. (L-R Me, Roger Flack, Peter Knight, Vincent "Cool Hat" Salzfaas).After the pub, there was even more late night imbibing back at Millbrooker Towers. The two Gigspannerers who stayed with us were excellent company, one of them remaining mostly coherent through an heroic quantity of 10 year old tawny port. There much talking of bollocks until 4ish when even the drinking machine that is Roger Flack decided it was time for bed.
Thank for coming this way, guys. Do keep coming back!
There's not many further Gigspanner dates this year; Mr K's busy doing all the other stuff that he gets up to (there's a Steeleye Span tour of Australia coming up amongst other things) but there is one not too far away from these shores:
Friday 16th October 2009
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre