Woodman Folk Club - Reviews
|Bert P Rowen||30 April 2004|
The great flood on the 16th and 17th November 1771 was disastrous. It swept away every crossing except the one at Corbridge! Today, there are twenty-two main bridges over the River Tyne.
On 10th October 1928, HM King George V and Queen Mary opened the bridge everyone associates with Newcastle upon Tyne, The Tyne Bridge. It cost £700,000. The main span is 531ft with a clearance over the river of 84ft.
All of this, of course, has nothing to do with the Woodman and Bob Fox except that he hails from that part of the world and that, for me, the highlight of the evening was the Jimmy Nail song Big River. It was the penultimate song of the first half and was coupled with Water of Tyne, a song where the singer wants to cross the river to get to his love. The last song, Child of Mine, was dedicated to the arrival of his first grandchild eighteen months ago.
The whole evening was a delightful showcase of Bob’s singing and a tribute to the culture and humour of the Northeast. The second half included Keep ‘em rolling, Greek Lightning, Nailed his colours to the mast - a song about Jack Crawford, Shoals of Herring, Rambling Rover and In the Bar-room. Graham Wood, a member of Hush, tastefully accompanied Bob on selected songs.
It was another tremendous night at the Woodman to which the packed audience showed their noisy appreciation.