Reviews 2005

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

The Edwards Brothers
Bryn Phillips 14 January 2005
It was a good start to the evening with extended sets from both "Nothing To Prove" and "The Bica Band"; both in excellent form. Then on came the Edwards Brothers. I was expecting two of them – Tony and Gary, but instead it was a band, with four musicians on stage. Tony and Gary had been joined by a mandolin player and a harmonica player. It was apparent from the first few minutes that we were in for a good evening as it was obvious that they were enjoying themselves. Mind you, it’s difficult not to when you’re performing songs such as "Wiggle Your Worm", which started the set, "Psycho Song" and "Grandad and the Fireman’s Chopper". Who can be serious with songs like that? I couldn’t help but think that they were a re-incarnation of Bo Carter – a blues singer from the 1930s with an unbelievable collection of questionable songs – which earned him the title "Master of Single Entendre". The "Single Entendre" label could certainly apply to some of the Edwards Brothers numbers! However there were other songs in the set as well – "Angels Tears" and "Working Late" which betrayed a sensitivity and insight in marked contrast to the clever silliness of The Tiddler. There is a heavy country influence in their music and for me one of my favourites was "The Outlaw Song", a number which really moved along. Apart from a couple of standards, nearly all of their material was self-penned; an impressive collection.

The mandolin, which was played mainly in a percussive style, gave the band a good driving rhythm and the harmonica gave them a really nice retro blues style. In fact, I haven’t heard a harmonica played through a harp mic for ages. It was played proficiently and earned a lot of well deserved applause. Nice going.

The four piece line-up worked well, and it was a great evening with a good variety of music.