Saturday, February 05, 2005

Swill & the Swaggerband

Stripes Bar, Brentford FC - Friday 4th Feb 2005

New name to me but Swill is the singer/songwriter with 80's folk rockers The Men They Couldn't Hang (the band's bass player also forms part of the Swaggerband). It was a very informal gig with various musicians joining Swill on satge as required and it made for a very 'intimate' atmosphere. As for the music it ranged from good old rock 'n' roll to folk via some touching solo vocal slots from Swill.The musicianship was top rate and featured everything from acoustic guitars to mandolins via a tin shaker. Well worth seeing live & I am off to get some THTCH CD's...
Support came from a Ukranian accordian player (he was in the Ukranians, a band who are well known in world music cicrles I am led to believe), who did a short set sung in his native tongue and boy did he have a deep, booming voice. Just shows that music overcomes any language barriers.


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