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#267426 - 2017-08-30 19:52 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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Tonight ‘We Are All Fossils’ opened with local based singer-songwriter Jakob Deist playing a short 30 minutes solo set. This is Jacob’s third appearance at LRB, twice before supporting the wonderful Red Sky July.
WAAF played new previously unreleased material. With a rich and gently reverberating voice and accomplished guitar playing reminiscent of Ben Glover who headlined LRB in March this year. Seems like a long time ago now.
He tells the audience WAAF are at the ‘back end’ of finishing a new album so this was a great opportunity to road test the new songs solo.
Also a confession to being a shy person…not that you would tell…and pleased a gig at my nephew’s wedding led to tonight’s appearance.
For the final song we had a choice of something upbeat or a slower? Everyone chose upbeat and it was a fine way to finish.



Look out for more from ‘We Are All Fossils’ in the future, I know I will.

Again, thanks to Simon Allen for the big sound.

Following a quick stage reset there was a return for Belle Roscoe from Melbourne Australia, although now they are acclimatising to living full time in the UK.
Brother and sister duo Mathew and Julia Gurry with Jeremy Badcock on electric guitar and BVs. Opening with Gun To My Head from their fine BOOM BOOM album.

After last year they had a score to settle as Julia lost her voice for the first time ever whilst on stage. “That was our best show according to the reviews” quips Matty to great laughs and a look from Julia.
Next up Side Stepping track two on BOOM BOOM (a signed copy of which is in my collection).
Belle Roscoe usually play as a five-piece band and they have a video of Known Better, the next song, online, filmed and recorded by Yamaha as they have been endorsed by Yamaha guitars.
Matty admitted that we are not missing that big line up so much at LRB as the sound here is so good. Flattery indeed….. Track seven on BOOM BOOM Check out the link and listen for yourselves.  Belle Roscoe, Yamaha Guitars



If you have missed Belle Roscoe, (Where have you been?) they are a very percussive band in trio line up, with Julia on drum and tambourine to accompany Matty’s stomp box and occasional guitar taps.
Julia’s turn to sing now; Bad Man written, so we are told, after experimenting with French men. “I can tell you now, don’t bother” she advised the girls in the room, to more laughs. On the positive side, they got a great song and a T shirt slogan from her experience.
“Being a musician is the best job in the world we only pretend to be unhappy” quips Matty, referring to all these songs about heartbreak.
Julia is recently single and said, “I would rather pimp myself off than have Matthew do it”. More big laughs….
This next song Heart Crash is a song they are trying to record and have never quite settled on how to really finalise it, so tonight was a chance to try an acoustic version.
I remember it from last year, it’s a great song and I loved it tonight!
Last year they supported Anne McCue and messed with her by doing her Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young cover of Southern Man. So, to retaliate, she decided not to do it at all.
Tonight though, they did another one, Ohio. “We only do this here” says Matty.  If that’s true, that’s a real honour. (From the 1974 SO FAR Album by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young).
The love hate relationship with overhead beam remains as it does with all taller artists…over 7 ‘ “but it’s somewhere to stash your water bottle as well as smash your head” says Matty.
Next, “Our Woodstock song,” “it’s what we would play if we were taken back there.
A homage to the great acts of the day, written with Janis Joplin in mind”, Sorry.Track eight on BOOM BOOM.
Wow that was lovely with some fine electric guitar solos from Jeremy and Julia in great voice. Jeremy was relentlessly teased about his surname at this point in the show, you had to be there though and another reason not to miss an LRB gig.
(This is the point you scroll back to the top to check)
Let Me Cut In was next. More up-tempo rhythmic loveliness with Julia on tambourine, track 10 on BOOM BOOM.
If you’ve read this far you may take the hint to buy the BOOM BOOM album if you haven’t already done so.
And so, we come to the last number, after a choice again we voted for a big one to finish on.
A song about their family who are from a small country town near Melbourne.
Their uncle Jimmy borrowed money from the wrong people and when things went wrong, the uncles had to run the loan sharks out of town.
The story never made big headlines like they thought it may so they wrote a song about it. Come Back Jimmy for uncle Jim from their 2009 Album. This saw a standing ovation as they promised to return with a full band next time.
“Score settled! Nailed!”… Announced J before Lyn’s legendary food break. A chance for everyone to mingle, chat and flirt with the raffle whilst the stage was re set for Katy Hurt.
Those prizes looked good tonight too. It was great also to see a younger member of the audience have her new Belle Roscoe T Shirt signed by the Matty and Julia as she was wearing it. That shirt is destined never to be washed…




‘Bon Jovi’s anthemic  hooks meets Dolly Parton’s tenderness’ was not overstating the case with the introduction of the Katy Hurt Band as we were to quickly find out.
Unfinished Business with the deceiving a capello opening nearly blew the roof of the barn.



This was a slick performance without a break between the first two songs, driving rhythms, sassy vocals and a great look were the order of the evening. They have studied and mastered the art of stage craft to great effect. The ‘see through’ drum kit Steve Mathews played sounded and looked great on its first outing with the band.
What’s a Girl Gotta do? was next, a catchy little number. “Wow, that was energetic I’m tired out already.” Joked Katy
The next song, Cheap from the PIECES OF ME album, track 7 and another catchy number with a fine guitar solo from Gab Zsapka
The next song started as Fragile  a gentle song, but things change. It’s now called I’d Rather Be (A Bitch). A much stronger song declaring independence, that’s for sure. A meaner newer song that gets your foot tapping.
The next song was Small Town after Katy’s home town Windlesham, and a little more country inspired. It ain’t like the idyllic small towns you hear about in American country music. It’s too small for that. Good song.
Katy got to introduce the band now, Steve on Drums, Ace on Base and Gab on Guitar before they played a gentler sad song, I don’t want to love you. This revealed the softer but still powerful side to Katy’s voice bringing the tempo down. A pin drop moment at the end here.
Katy complains she has too much hair for this heat, “not sure how Gab feels, Steve evens it out”, laughs… It was a hot night with more than the music though…
Time to lift the mood with Growing Up another strong song with a Country feel Katy playing her beautiful white Gretch guitar. (A present from the band, she told me later).
We are encouraged to dance for Old School , not that there is much room for dancing at LRB although it has been done…. Katy this time playing tambourine and shaker.
Laughs from the crowd as the song I Just Wanted A Drink was announced. This had a great slow funky feel Steve’s drums sounded particularly good here.


Steve Mathews Tucked up the corner

“Time to slow down again, give the guys a break” Katy tells the band.
Seasons is about when you can’t make up your mind. You vacillate between good and bad decisions. ‘I go round and around and around just like seasons’, is the lyric. This was lovely with just a gentle guitar backing from Gab. Another Pin Drop moment.
Before the ice melts  lifts the tempo again, Katy with her Gretch semi acoustic again.
The applause seemed to start at the back and work forward, very unusual.
Ride Home, track one from PIECES OF ME was next. Another song that builds and builds to finish softly after a storming guitar break, or does it? Such are the twists and turns…
Now for the last number and thanks all around. Unfinished Business. A gentle song to bring us all softly down from what was a spectacular performance full of light and shade.
This band regularly fills much larger venues and festival stages but the roof of LRB just managed to contain them.


All in all, that was a special night of live music only confirmed by some of the lovely feedback received on social media.
Well, we couldn’t leave it there could we? We had to have an encore. Fire, track five from PIECES OF ME.
Katy can really belt this bluesy number out with final flourish from Gab and his guitar and the tight rhythm section of Steve and Ace which completed a brilliant night.

Main pics courtesy of Andy Sheard.


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Edited by ChrisLayerUK; 2017-08-30 20:17. Edit Reason: Pics added, link sorted
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#267539 - 2017-09-04 20:10 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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It was great to hear Elles Bailey on BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Blues show tonight.
She is playing our end of season gig in October.

Anyway, here is what artists do when they get a radio break. Share in the joy.

Elles Bailey and her dog.


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#267919 - 2017-09-21 07:03 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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We made a trip to Scala, Kings Cross London to see Danny and the champions of the world play. Bloody Brilliant!
The Little Rabbit Barn link is Thomas Collison who played for us with Don Gallardo and Hannah Rose Platt was playing keyboards, Hannah was in the front row. It was great to catch up with them briefly.
Some videos from our last gig are up to enjoy.

Katy Hurt

Belle Roscoe

We are all Fossils

The audio mix is great, enjoy......


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#268241 - 2017-10-03 09:12 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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Putting on an LRB gig does not happen sometimes without a fair amount of unforeseen complications, to put it mildly!
Today we had uncertainties with the weather, a printer that wouldn't print and a speaker that failed a couple of hours prior to soundcheck.

On a positive note, the weather held out much better than expected, the printing was sorted and new speakers were acquired just in time!

As the old saying goes, 'The show must go on', and so with Lenny and a debut of the new Roland RD-64 house keyboard we opened our first true LRB triple headline artist show.

Lenny, playing songs from her new album HEARTS and accompanied by Andrew on acoustic guitar opened with Standing at the corner of your heart. Track three from HEARTS where you could see that she was loving the experience of playing live by her relaxed and confident attitude, introducing the songs and the stories behind them.



Bones, Lover (mixed with the theme from Ed Sheeran’sThe Shape of You) and You are my everything, a song she wrote age 12 followed.
Lenny tells us she learned to play piano from the age of 4 with classical music. She then played covers to learn song structure before writing her own songs.

Faster than sound was written having learned about the years of oppression in the Czech Republic under Russian rule from her grandmother. This was another solo on the new piano.
She covered I’ve Got The Music in Me showing just how good the ROLAND RD-64 is in the hands of a great player. ‘Have you got the music in you’ She asked the Little Rabbit Barn audience? Of course we have...

Letter to you was next as requested, remembering good times playing the Cornbury music festival. Andrew is back with guitar now.



After releasing her first single Oh My Love and hearing it on the radio, Lenny described the wonderful feeling of ‘getting my music to the people’ before playing this for us.

The new album HEARTS is like a new baby she tells us. Being stuck in the studio recording through the hottest summers days is worth it.



Ghosts, track 10 was next. We didn’t get the confetti pyrotechnics they use with the full band show at the end of that song at festivals, and wondered if J had considered this for the LRB? Not if I have to sweep it up, he won’t... haha.

The title track from the Album HEARTS is in honour of those we have lost on the way.

Pertinent with the recent loss of Tom Petty and other recent tragedies besides our own personal heartaches.

At festivals people wave lights and torches she tells us, and admits it often makes her shed a tear. Holding the mic free and with Andrew on guitar we are treated to a wonderful rendition of this.

It’s a shame she forgot to bring her latest CD’s with her but having heard HEARTS I can thoroughly recommend it.



Ironically, the last song is called Hell.o yes that’s how it’s spelt on the album.

Such a shame we did not have time for an encore, but on such a tight schedule it would not have been possible.

If you haven’t seen Lenny live, she needs to be at the top of your list, as watching this performance back as I write is only serving to remind me what a special performer Lenny is and how privileged we were to host her along with Andrew on this special night.

After a quick stage turnaround, the second headline artist tonight and four years since her last appearance at LRB is Jess Klein.

LEARNING FAITH is the latest of eight albums from Jess Klein that I found on Tidal.

Jess opened solo on guitar with Travelling Woman
Terry requested the next song Riverview from the album BEHIND A VEIL from 2013



Jess tells us she got Married a year and a half go and she is going to bring him up on stage to play soon, not just to show him off. He is a musician, laughs here......
My own beating heart is the tale of her thoughts leading up to the decision to get married.

Mike June now comes to the stage to share the bill and his first number impressed from the start. I ain’t never going back to St Antoine a lovely slow ballad where Jess joined on backing vocals beautifully. That was nice!



The next song was written before the recent political changes in the USA but seems appropriate. “Make America Great Again for who”? That’s the question says Mike. Jess again on backing vocals for Cotton-fields from POOR MAN’S BIBLE.

Mike tells of their travels around the world playing in places large and small and advises that although things may seem bad as portrayed through the media most people out there are great and the current insanity is temporary.

It was a shame the new album is stuck in customs but Alright is the song and you can find it on streaming services.

At this point we had a departure from the norm with Jess reading a poem inspired by the desecration of her grandmothers grave. Chicken Soup
She learned about this on international women’s day and felt this reading was the best positive response to those who act from ignorance.
This was a very moving moment for her and us that was followed by Shonalee from the STRAWBERRY LOVER album with Mike dune playing some lovely delicate solo accompaniment.
That was the sort of special pin drop moment that makes all the work putting these gigs on worthwhile.



Little White Dove closed the set without time for an encore again to raptures of applause well deserved.

You only get these experiences at live gigs which is what makes these occasions so special.


Time for food and the raffle which always seems to have interesting and imaginative prizes courtesy of Lyn.
This was the time for a major stage refit whilst people enjoyed the excellent food.
Apologies if you were stuck in the loo queue as our next act started.

With a complete change of mood we welcomed Kara Grainger with her UK touring band John Cox, Bass Guitar. John Glassop, Keyboards and Pat Levett, Drums to the stage to play some blues. Kara played acoustic slide and a Gibson Gold Top through the show.

The support band ditched Tom Jones to be here joked J on the introduction, to big laughs..



Opening with the first blues song she ever wrote followed by I’m Holding on from L.A. BLUES. Kara showed her talents to play and sing.
Voodoo Woman next with the Gold Top for a more Funky feel and a bit of Wah Wah pedal, this was a real foot tapper.



John Glassop played some amazing organ solos here and throughout the set.



I Dreamed I was the Devil was next, a song Kara’s friend wrote about pulling off a heist; getting away with it and driving into the dessert. More Wah Wah pedal on the solo.
After asking; Kara found that people came from far and wide for this gig. This is only her second UK tour so she doesn’t know the geography well. She chatted with the audience about Lowestoft, Seal watching and Pebble Dash housing during a tune up. The UK must seem a strange place to her....

They launched into the classic Dust My Broom now. I knew this would sound good having heard it at the soundcheck. Very reminiscent of the Peter Green/Jeremy Spencer 60’s Fleetwood Mac sound. There is a band who would have totally rocked the LRB! In my dreams... lol
More lovely slide guitar to introduce C’mon into my Kitchen. Again from L.A. BLUES.

The band appreciated being well looked after at the cosy Little Rabbit Barn before playing Lost in you. A song with a strong John Mayer feel to it. Track 3 from the SHIVER AND SIGH album, and a beautiful warm solo on the Gold Top.

Stan ‘the man’ brought water to the stage at this point. His moment of stardom before a brand new song, the LRB being only the second audience to hear it. I can’t seem to let you go.
For those that don’t know, Stan is in charge of guest lists and merchandise, a valuable member of the LRB team

[img]http://www.meridianunplugged.com/ubbthreads/gallery/16/full/2564.jpg[/img]

Time for a little J.J. Cale as we approach curfew I’ll make love to you anytime from the J.J. CALE 5 album 1979. Working my way back home followed as Kara introduced the band with the relative solo’s from each member. That brought on a huge applause from the audience with just enough time for thank you and an encore before our ‘Witching Hour’ of 11pm.

Wow! It’s just all over so quickly but time flies when your having fun.

All Pics Andy Sheard.


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#269192 - 2017-10-23 06:36 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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We were so pleased with Lenny when she played for us at LRB as you can probably tell from my review above.
So now I am proud to share the video with you all, featuring the new House Piano purchased especially for the occasion.

Turn it up, share and enjoy, from the Czech Republic 🇨🇿 Lenny, Letter to You

Lenny with Bones

Chris
In the background you will see Kara Grainger’s Gibson Les Paul Gold Top. More of which in a future video.



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Edited by ChrisLayerUK; 2017-10-23 07:20. Edit Reason: Grammar
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#269418 - 2017-10-29 18:48 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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We have had a hectic week at LRB with our last showcase gig of the year but somehow J has managed to get this video of Kara Grainger and her UK touring band mixed and edited.

I have to say I’m very proud of it, it sounds great and looks great.

Kara Grainger, Lost in you, Live...

Turn it up and enjoy... Chris


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#269454 - 2017-10-31 09:16 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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Hi Chris
Re the above link and your text, surely the guitar Kara is playing is a Gibson Gold (Les Paul) not a Fender. It sounds great all the same.
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#269475 - 2017-10-31 17:39 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: Hector]
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You spotted the deliberate mistake; only the gods are perfect (of which you are one). It’s a great way to see who reads this stuff lol..... Chris


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#269479 - 2017-10-31 21:52 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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This is it! The last gig of 2017 and what a showcase of talent. Two artists we know well at LRB, Angel Snow and Sean Taylor, with one new one, Elles Bailey (although we have seen her play three times this year already).

The weather for October could not have been better, which makes all the difference for setting up the show as much as for the lucky guests here to enjoy it. Oh, and how they were going to enjoy what was our fastest selling and most anticipated gig of the year. That is really saying something when you look back over the amazing shows we have already enjoyed.

Early doors tonight to fit it all in and first up was Angel Snow.



To the strains of Chris Rea over the PA Angel took to the stage as J introduced the show promising that “We will be back in the new year”.

Mike Blackmore from the New Town Tavern sponsored this performance and we are very grateful that he was willing and able to do so. Thank you again Mike!

Angel’s new album MAGNETIC unfortunately had been held in customs, something that I believe also happened on her last visit, but she did take orders. Currently I am streaming it on Tidal but can’t wait to receive my signed hard copy.

Coal and Water opened the set from the 2010 album FORTUNE TELLERS with delicate arpeggios played on her beautiful sounding Gibson Acoustic Guitar.
Angel tells us that she wrote this in 2006 during a period of transition in her life, not knowing who to trust.

Magnetic was next, the title track from her new album. Angel’s haunting voice just floated through the Barn for this song, backed with a delicate strum of the Gibson.

She has just released an other worldly video for this. Angel Snow, Magnetic check it out.

Next, she plays the TAYLOR electric guitar that Joe Wilkins from Elles Bailey’s band helped her get set up before the show. I need you, Track 3 from MAGNETIC. Another haunting melody.
At this point we started to hear fire works from some distance away as Angel swapped back to the Gibson for the rest of the set.
Angel first played electric guitar live on stage at the LRB last time she was here and against the advice of her brother. Her ‘Dylan moment’ but nobody objected then and now.
A new song Let you down that Angel wrote this year was next. Track 2 on MAGNETIC.

Medium followed, written from her growing fascination with people who profess to get in touch with the dead, and if it’s not true are prepared to lie to people. Track 5 on MAGNETIC.

The fireworks finally came to Angels attention. She thought it was a storm. This led to a quick audience lesson on Guy Fawkes, someone they don’t know much about in the USA.

So now it’s Secret from 2015, “We all have them, don’t we?” She asks. An alternative mix is track 8 on MAGNETIC.

This next song was written for her aunt who passed away and always makes her feel emotional when playing it. Allison Krause covered this as well on the deluxe edition of PAPER AEROPLANE, These Days.

A few thank you’s before the final song which is the closing track on MAGNETIC, Vienna.
Quality is the only way I can describe Angel Snow with her lyrically profound songs sung with a beautiful voice and gentle guitar. “So good, So Lovely” pronounced J.

A quick stage turnaround and now we have a real WILDFIRE, announced J, as Elles Bailey took to the stage with her great band of Mathew Jones on Drums, Joe Williams on Guitar and Zak Ranyard on bass, changing the mood completely.



You know its party time as Elles Bailey struts her stuff to Same Flame, and you can see that she is so pleased to be here.
Barrel of your gun Track 4 from WILDFIRE is next. Joe Williams played some amazing lead guitar solos here and throughout the set.

Now Elles takes to the piano squashed into the corner of the stage as she tells of how she was going to quit doing music a couple of years ago. It was during that time that she wrote What if I. Her most personal song on the new Album, track 3.
I’m getting goosebumps watching it back to write this review.

A song about heartbreak is next. Times a Healer, “really?” asks Elles. A bonus track on WILDFIRE.
Some lovely acoustic slide guitar from Joe as Elles just remembers to get back to the piano in time. laughs as she confesses this....

Waiting game, from THE ELBERTON SESSIONS EP, a disc she is justifiably proud of, is next. A song about being locked up whilst innocent. Fantastic!
Elles puts every thing into performing these songs.



She tells of writing with fellow Bristolian Roger Cook in Nashville. Roger is a friend of John Prine which turns out to be as good an excuse as any to sing Angel from Montgomery.

Elles tells of her visit to Muscle Shoals and the rock and roll history surrounding the area. How musicians came together during the segregation era to create that Muscle Shoals sound.
Musically, this time was a Perfect Storm, track 5 from WILDFIRE. Appreciation for Zac Ranyard on the bass here.

Jacket off now, it’s getting warm up there on stage as we applaud and thank the great band.
Shackles of love next, written with Roger Cook and Bobby Wood. Track 8 on WILDFIRE with more amazing guitar from Joe Wilkins.

Elles tells the story of how she first tentatively approached LRB to play in 2015 only to be told we would have to check her out live first. But after all this time she has finally made a dream come true. (She asked us if she could come back again at the sound check and she hadn’t even played yet. Lyn’s warmth and hospitality had won her over already)
We have the T Shirt and now we have the song, Howlin’ Wolfe as she gets down low on the stage with the LRB crowd clapping along to a bass solo from Zac Ranyard followed by another great slide break from Joe Wilkins

The last number already? ‘ahhhhh’.

WILDFIRE, written with Joe Wilkins. A haunting slide guitar intro from his Fender Jaguar opens this number and fills the middle section. Guitarists and Guitar fans; you’ll love this guy!

We had to have an encore, Elles sitting at the piano where I can keep her in the lens, lol
Girl Who Owned The Blues. A song Elles wrote in tribute to the troubled and short life of Janis Joplin.

This lady is a nightmare to film but I wouldn’t have it any other way as she struts the stage giving her all to the music! You just have to experience Elles Bailey and her great band live. (The CD’s are great too)
This was performance that is now etched into the fabric of the Little Rabbit Barn. Truly amazing and well worth the standing ovation offered as the band took a theatrical bow.

Time for the break and a major stage re fit as we all enjoyed a Chicken Curry followed by Cheesecake desert. Well done Lyn and the team, you triumph again!

The raffle was called and we won the new LRB logo’d Tote bag. These are available at a very reasonable fee along with ladies and gents T Shirts. A perfect gift for the live music starved bunny in your life over Christmas.

The Sean Taylor Trio are probably the only band who could have followed Elles Bailey but we started with just Sean and his interpretation of Heartbreak Hotel. “I didn’t write that, I have to tell you for legal reasons”. Laughs, his dry intelligent humour comes over from the start.
A Good Place To Die followed, track 2 from FLOOD & BURN



Sean tells of how he tours for two year periods then goes to Austin Texas to record an album. He relates all the great blues players from Texas ...... and Beyoncé. He was playing a small stage at Glastonbury whilst she was playing the main stage. He couldn’t get her to turn it down either. This leads nicely to Texas Boogie by way of the Little Rabbit Barn. A tribute to all those Texas Blues players. “I came all the way to The Little Rabbit Barn to sing the blues”, sings Sean to ‘whoops’ from the crowd.

Mike Seal, Sean’s old boss joins Sean on stage with his double bass. Mike allowed Sean off work early one day to see a Blues band. The next day when he saw Sean, Sean told him that he had had an epiphany and was going to be a Blues Singer.
Mike Joining Sean on this tour brings the story nicely full circle.

“Would you like to sing a bit?” asks Sean as Mike settles down. Of course we do... Troubadour Track 4 from FLOOD & BURN had the LRB in fine voice. Marvellous! These guys are enjoying themselves here.

Sean introduces from Italy via Willsdon Green; Emanuel Marcetti on percussion.
Then London, Track 4 from CHASE THE NIGHT, was sung for all those involved in recent tragedies and that are no longer with us.

Bad Light, Track 2 from THE ONLY GOOD ADDICTION IS LOVE followed.

“This next song is known as the optimists Blues for anyone who has had a bad day” says Sean as they settle on the slow delicate groove of Life Goes On. Wow Emanuel really adds some atmosphere to things.

The cruelty of man is next. A tribute to Simon Cowell perhaps; laughs....
“Someone gave me a Jazz chord book with about 600 songs, and chords that only an octopus can play. I took six chords which is more than enough for an album”. Says Sean to laughs as we enjoyed this smooth jazzy number.

Now we have some alternative tuning, DADGAD and a potted history of its invention to harmonise with African musicians, and of the great players who adopted and used it.
Hold on Track 2 from WALK WITH ME was next in this tuning.

“We are contractually obliged to play one love song, I should release kittens into the audience”, says Sean to more big laughs.
Sean tells of how his touring life seems like a perpetual train journey and If the trains are late in the UK they send busses. In France however, they send lunch! Far more civilised.
It’s always great to hear these tales and observations from the road.

“This song is for every woman” says Sean as they launch into a beautiful version of Perfect Candlelight. Track 1 from WALK WITH ME.

So Fine was next. Track 3 from CHASE THE NIGHT, inspired by his early days playing Hard House raves from 3 in the morning.

Sean payed a genuine tribute to the earlier acts before inviting us to sing again to Skip James. First we had the history of Skip to put things into perspective before Hard Time Killing Floor Blues and getting the now willing LRB crowd to sing along. I’ve said this before, but if you come to the LRB, you’re in the band!

The last song was from his favourite song writer Tom Waits. Who said “I like beautiful Melodies telling me terrible things”. Taken from ‘The Wire’ TV show, Way Down In The Hole.
A few more thank you’s especially to Tom Fairbairn on sound leads us to a Football Song. Sean tells how he was on Liverpool FC TV playing a psychedelic version of you’ll Never Walk Alone a lovely way to bring an incredible evening to an end.


It’s difficult to convey the atmosphere and quality of an LRB gig in a few words like this, especially from three artist with such varied styles but all at the top of their game. I really hope this blog along with the videos, when they come, will help spark some memories taking you back again into the music.

P.S. I would put the Track names in italics as they were before pasting here but it’s just too much work


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#269500 - 2017-11-01 19:59 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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Kudos to you for your enthusiastic write ups. Wish i lived nearby to pop in and to enjoy thes music events.

Cheers!


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#269501 - 2017-11-02 07:21 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: JaapJan]
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Thanks for that, you would be more than welcome. Chris


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#269523 - 2017-11-06 20:49 Re: Little Rabbit Barn 2017 [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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To celebrate the return of the new super fast HH site I will share something beautiful....

Jess Klein with Mike June; Shonalee

Enjoy a pindrop moment at LRB


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