HEART OF LINCOLNSHIRE FOLK, ROOTS & BLUES CLUB

GIG REVIEWS

(Artwork by Ali)

EAGLE LODGE HOTEL, WOODHALL SPA, LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND

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REVIEWS OF GIGS AT THE CLUB

DAVID ROVICS / RICH CALOGGERO ~ TUES 18th JULY 2000

Earlier in the year the organisers of The Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club received an e-mail out of the blue from David Rovics, an unsung American folk artist who was planning a tour of Britain in the summer to coincide with some festival appearances. A visit to David's web site where some of his music was available to listen to convinced them that David would be someone a little different, & special to appear at the relatively new club. Last Tuesday the singer songwriter & guitarist little known on this side of the Atlantic made his debut in the county, accompanying David on guitar his long time friend Rich Caloggero, the two performers hailing from Boston, USA.

David writes songs that are both thought provoking & topical, songs such as 'Minimum Wage Strike' that told the story of a strike by McDonald's workers in Ohio, though many around this region can sympathise with their thoughts. 'We Just Want The World' the title song of the American artist's third album which features all original songs, emphasises the importance of environmental issues. The disturbing song about Henry Ford tells the lesser known story of one of America's icons, which certainly left the listener reflecting on their image of this business man & his profit orientated ideals. War too was the theme in 'Song For Hugh Thompson' the story of a helicopter pilot in Vietnam whose intervention to stop a massacre was only told to the American people some 30 years after the event.

One of the most poignant songs of the evening 'Big Mountain' describes the old Navaho women whose stand against the expansion of mining into the traditional Navaho reservation looks doomed to be overcome by the authorities of the USA, who are systematically moving the entire population of the reservation to a new site, that incidentally was the site of a major nuclear disaster in the 70's, many of those people have apparently since died of cancer related illnesses, why do they need to mine the region, to fuel the lights & machines of Las Vegas!

'Glory & Fame' has an anthem like quality, & one of those songs that you think you've heard somewhere before, perhaps from the folk protest era of the early 60's, but its an original song, written by David in the 90's. A song about the workers who have toiled through the ages, those who have struggled for workers rights & those who have died in the cause of freedom.

David is no ranting protest singer, his voice has a quality & richness that gives his songs an appeal that others might not have, for whilst his concerns & passions show through in his lyrics & singing, his delivery touches the heart & fires the spirit, yet his work accessible those with time to listen. His humour showed through too on a song about pollution which had affected alligators in a way that was particularly disturbing to the men in the audience, could the use of pesticides & other chemicals have the same effect on the men of Lincolnshire .... !

As well as his own songs David also included numbers by other American Folk artists, including Woody Guthrie & Phil Ochs & some such as 'Big Rock Candy Mountain' written by train hopping hobo's such as 'Haywire' Mac McClintock. Another hobo song the beautifully performed 'Hobo's Lullaby' is one of our particular favourites.

In addition to David's remarkable songs, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the guitar work of Rich, which would have been remarkable even if he wasn't blind, but this exceptionally gifted artist amazed everyone with his playing, with David often standing back to allow the audience to admire his smoothly executed solo pieces, which featured some intricate work.

The following evening David & Rich made an impromptu appearance at Alford Folk Club delighting the audience with 3 songs that typified their style, including once again 'Big Mountain' & the story of why it was written. This is one of the songs that will be featured on David's fourth CD due for release later this year, as will a touching love song that David & Rich also performed during their open floor spot. Some people there enquiring where they could see a full performance by the two artists, were disappointed to have missed the duo's only Lincolnshire gig, hopefully David & Rich will return again in 2001, & certainly justified the Heart Of Lincolnshire Club's organisers faith in what they heard first on the Internet! If like those in the audience at Alford missed the opportunity to see David Rovics & Rich Caloggero, look out for their return!

For more information about David Rovics visit his website

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A.G. & KATE / GENTLE UNION ~ SAT. 18th MARCH 2000

Formerly the Coningsby Folk Club, the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club held its first meeting at the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa. The appearance of local duo Gentle Union & Dutch duo A.G. & Kate attracted a good sized audience to the new venue. In their opening showcase set, Gentle Union featured some original songs, including their hilarious 'Morris Minor' song & 'Coins In The Hat' a song about the beggars of London & a sombre song about the 'Forgotten Pathfinder' which told the tale of a ghostly Mosquito pilot who was said to have haunted the local airfield. They concluded their set with the popular Lindisfarne song 'Meet Me On The Corner'. A.G. & Kate play traditional country music, which has a similar style to folk music, their set included songs by the Carter Family including 'Wildwood Flower' as well as songs by more widely known performers such as Johnny Cash (Ring Of Fire) & Kenny Rodgers (Lucille). The duo who spend long months on the road performing concerts in prisons in UK & USA, included some hymns arranged in their own style, such as 'And Can It Be'. Sadly A.G. & Kate have found their appearances at music clubs in this country limited since the advent of line-dancing, though interestingly their first appearance in this country was at a folk club, not a country music club. Their two sets were very well received by the audience, a number of whom had travelled a fair distance to see them perform in this intimate club setting. With a successful first gig the club organisers are now planning future events at the venue, these may take place on weekday evenings as the larger room used for this gig is more likely to be available for the club's use in the week. Keep an eye on our column for details of future events at the club.

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