The Boat Inn Monthly Music Night
Monday 20th January 2014
So delighted to finally be part of one of Rugby’s hidden secrets I’d heard so many good things about. Tonight’s host Matt (Nurse Roberts and the Medicine Man) of an Open Mic Night with some 12 or so acts booked in, each a gem. With some many performers lined up, it was going to be difficult but each were happy to join forces or play just 3 maybe 4 songs.
Throughout the evening a sprinkling of original songs, starting in the form of “Thief of Time” by singer/songwriter George giving a witty observation of social networking.
Keith Nickless and his own home brew of guitar pedals and an instrument similar in appearance to a diddley bow used in great style as a slide guitar on some blues, before that a number where Keith ends up his own Grandpa.
Plenty of opportunity for everyone to sing-along as just about every music genre is to be represented by evenings end, particular treats among the covers are “Turn The Page” (Bob Seger) performed by Peter Stokes, Paul Buckley’s rendition of “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” (Ray Charles), One More Night with an Ed Cobb song that although first heard during the 60’s better known as a smash in the early 80’s synth pop era. (Guess which?).
Visiting from Daventry was singer/songwriter Lew Bear, another musician who travelled with hand made instruments in the form of a stomp box. in place of a bass drum. Lew played a 4 song set featuring folk, blues and original “Entropy” his first song played with such an endearing charm that his performance gets a review of its own another time.
Irenie performs solo and as part of a duo with Dinesh Fernando. Her own numbers include original “ Blackened Fingers“. Dinesh, renowned for his intricate fretwork holds an attentive crowd with his own “One Life “ before Irenie rejoins him for “I Feel The Earth Move” (Carole King).
Newly formed Two’s Company with a stunning acoustic performance of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Def Leppard) – everyone present were awestruck, a repeat of the reaction received at The Style Bar (Awkward Silence Presents…) earlier in the month.
I think Open Mic in Rugby will never be the same again.
Pete Plumbley and Andy Dove who comprise this duo, only opened their bookings diary this week and confirmations already in for a series of nights including their very first full show. Check out the latest dates here: http://twoscompanyacoustic.co.uk/
The Rattletones had now the rather dubious task of following, however their set was of equal measure with some gorgeous harmonies on “California Dreamin”(The Mamas and the Papas). James also having a fine set of lungs as proven on “Twist & Shout” (Medley/Berns).
Host Matt gives a last chance for all to exercise their vocal talents on “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” (The Jam) before Dan Bailie of Teazzer closes with a medley of “One Day Like This” (Elbow) & “Hey Jude” (The Beatles).
A great evening of pop, folk, blues, country and Americana something for everyone. Matt offers ample opportunity to come along and enjoy the fun at The Boat every third Monday of the month - I expect to become a regular.