Jazz Club concerts rang the changes slightly on Tuesday night presenting The Stringbusters, a Western swing outfit organised by our own Dave Doel. The music itself was a fusion of Boogie-Woogie, Cowboy, Hillbilly, Folk, Jazz and Blues that had it’s origins in the Western and Southern States of America in the 1920’s. All of this mixture was well in abundance with Dave playing some glorious and versatile guitar accompaniment to his and Lynette Morgan’s vocals. Her voice suited this genre without parallel.
Dave’s solos were a mixture of traditional Country figures as well as his own remarkable and original improvisations. With Chris Haigh’s fiddle, Gary Boller’s double bass and 11 year old Farron Doel on drums the evening took off like a train with ‘Long John Blues’. Chris Haigh is one of the finest fiddle plays I’ve heard and his feature on ‘Turkey in the Straw’ was outstanding.
I have to mention the rhythm section here. The four beat laid down was one of the tightest I’ve heard in this club. Farron steadfastly underpinned the beat alongside Gary’s bass and the icing on the cake for me, was Lynette’s choppy four-to-the-bar on her old Gibson L48 Guitar.
Guest Dave Madgewick was called up to sing a few and charmed everyone with his charismatic version of ‘San Antonia Rose’ which suited his tenor voice and Chris Haigh’s magical fiddle. When I was called up to do a couple of numbers on my trusty (rusty) five string banjo it occurred to me that there was 66 years between the oldest and youngest on stage. I was 12 for my first gig – let’s hope Farron has as much fun as I have had!
Jazz Club this month (31st March) welcomes back Graham on drums, Tim on clarinet and Andy Woon on trumpet – another great night of traditional jazz in prospect.
Dates for the diary
Tuesday 31st March – Binky with Graham, Tim and Andy Woon 8 – 10.30
Tuesday 28th April – Binky with Graham, Tim and Andy Woon 8 – 10.30
Tuesday 5th May – FB Pocket Orchestra – New Album 8 – 11 – £10
Tuesday 26 May – Binky with special guest Enrico Tomasso
Tuesday 30th June – Binky with special guest ex Kenny Ball’s clarinetist Ron Drake