• Gig Review - Duke Special

    16 May 2007, 14:53 by Ged_UK

    Tue 15 May – Duke Special, Beth Rowley gig review. I have to say what a huge pleasure it is to see Duke Special in a large venue at last!

    Before the gig started, the pre-gig music was supplied by DJ78, playing lovely old early Rock and Roll, Jazz and I guess it's called Easy Listening stuff all on shellac 78s, which i just lapped up!

    Beth Rowley was the support, and very good she was too. She's one of those people you look at when she starts singing and think, where the hell did that voice come from! I think she might have been a bit nervous though, but she came through it well. It's always brave to cover Nina Simone songs (Nobody's Fault But Mine), but she did it very well!

    The Duke himself; what can i say. The venue really seemed to suit him, and the band were excellent. Always good to see Ben Castle back and nattily dressed too.

    Chip Bailey was in good form too, leading the audience (including his parents) in grater/whisk training before doing a piece of remarkably quick…
  • Duke Special - gig review

    23 Feb 2007, 00:08 by tippex79

    So, a quick note about last night's excellent Duke Special gig (Wed 21 Feb – Duke Special, Stephanie Dosen).

    First up, support by American singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen, who was lovely. Nice little songs with good string accompaniment and some humorous asides and stories between songs. Very enjoyable.

    Following a little wait, the Teddy Bear's Picnic announced the impending arrival of the Duke. From the moment he climbed up on to his piano stool to sing the opening number, I Think I Am Losing You, I could tell we were in for a special night.

    There was too much going on for me to record it all (there always seems to be at Duke gigs), but I'll try to pick out the highlights. Although I think most of the vening was one long highlight.

    Brixton Leaves, as ever, sounded amazing. It was great to hear an old favourite like Don't Breathe - don't think I've heard this played for ages, if at all. I loved the crowd singing, especially on Last Night I Nearly Died and Portrait (I…
  • Everybody wants a little foolish love...

    17 Jan 2007, 22:05 by kitefish

    Has anyone else noticed the little bit of Everybody Wants A Little Something that sounds just like a little bit of Foolish Love? It's literally just a bar, a descending major chord progression on triplet crotchets type thing; I'd work out exactly what it is, but my piano is in the same room as the TV, which my dad is currently watching.

    I'm not complaining- I figure it's a pretty standard pattern that hundreds of pianists over time and all over the Earth have come up with at some point, hardly a shocking case of musical theft. I'm just pointing it out in case any other musical pedant has noticed...