Reviews 2007

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

evanStevens
Pete Brown 23/11/07
Is it in Birmingham or Cradley Heath? This is how the discussion went when Sue and Nick were introducing Sammy's Bar that brilliant and sad love song by Cyril Tawney. Well, we found out that it’s in Malta! The Old Bar now, sadly, no longer there, kept by Sammy, was at the head of Pieta creek in Malta.

I went down to Sammy's Bar
Hey, the last boat's a'leavin
By the shore at Pieta
Haul away the daighsoe

This was just one of a brilliant set of songs given us by the talented recently formed team of Sue and Nick or should it be Nick and Sue as duo name is that way round.

The first half (and a bit) included Quitting Time, Caledonia, the Boudleaux Bryant song Love Hurts and a superbly harmonised version of John Denver’s Annie’s Song. Leaving us wanting more, Slip Sliding Away signalled the half time break.

We were ready for them and The Last Word was the first second half song. Sue sang her self-penned song Rainbows, ‘You will always love me unconditionally’. 

Mary Chapin Carpenter songs feature well in their repertoire, The Moon and St Christopher sung by Sue was excellent. My particular favourite and one that is featured on their new CD, Not Too Much To Ask is so delicately harmonised by them both. It was also their final song of the evening. But they were not allowed to end it there; the audience clamoured for more and got it with an exciting version of Passionate Kisses.

Adding together Sue’s beautiful voice and Nick’s effortless guitar playing gave us a night to remember and as Ian said ‘they will be back’.

Supporting evanStevens were the Woodman’s favourite residents Bryn Phillips, Nothing to Prove and the BICA Band.