Reviews 2016

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Granny’s Attic

 

Les Jones 25 November 2016

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First time visitors to the club Granny’s Attic were formed in 2009 when they were still at secondary school and have been on and around the folk circuit ever since despite them all having been to University in the interim. They were nominated for the BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year in 2014 an accolade which was well deserved if tonight’s performance was anything to go by.

The band comprises: From left to right (click on photo above): Lewis Wood – Tall long hair and a beard plays Fiddle and Mandolin; “LEWIS IS A COMPOSER OF SOME NOTES” George Sansome – Not so tall shorter hair no beard sings Vocals and plays a very smart Martin guitar which some of us were quite envious of; Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne – Tall masses of hair and no beard so you can distinguish him from Lewis also sings Vocals and plays Melodeon and Concertina.

Their music is a lovely mixture of traditional songs and tunes with a fair smattering of their own compositions. Most of the tunes written by Lewis whose inspiration seems to be gained from some strange sources. They have a great stage presence and interacted with The Woodman audience throughout the night – which as you may know is a challenge to even the most seasoned performers. George made great play of the Woodman Tee-shirts in their various colours and had some interesting suggestions as to what they might allude to.

The first set comprised:
Grumbling Old Man – which was rightly dedicated to Donald Trump - albeit there go any thoughts of a USA tour for the next four years at least. This was exacerbated by their suggestion that The Donald was going to build a wall to keep out English Folk Music and the Folk Singers were going to pay for it. I have checked this on Google and it could be true. There followed Poor Old Horse which began a night of much joining in and shakery. The False Lady is about a woman breaking up from her lover and killing him – no change there. They gave us a beautiful rendition of Kiss in the Morning Early followed by the Frank Kidson song The Highway Man. It turns out that Frank lived in Leeds not far from one of the band (give or take 70 years). I can’t remember if it was good or not that the property is now the best Fried Chicken take away in Leeds (or was it the world?). Lacey House is one of Lewis’ tunes and the set finished with The Coal Owner and the Pitman’s Wife.

After a suitable break for refreshment and the raffle - which was extended so the lads could continue with their cd sales – a complement I think, George had the cheek to tell us the old Folk Club a raffle surrounded by two sets of music joke. It got a laugh I don’t know how. The Death of Nelson opened the second half – it was no surprise to any of us present – followed by the Pete Morton song Two Brothers. Lewis composed After the Floods – described as a slow tune in Eb. And it was. Country Hiring was quickly followed by Lewis’ Royal Oak suitably titled after a pub which served them drinks when they were still under age. Away to the Southard was due to close the night but after much stamping and cheering from the audience they gave us Paddy Worked on the Railroad as a much-appreciated encore.

Support this evening was provided by Barry and Corrine; Velvet Green and Bryn Phillips who of course also compered proceedings.

As usual; A Wonderful Time Was Had by All.

Footnote:
The band have considered changing their name at the suggestion from one of the audience who thought they were “Granny’s Attack”

According to Cohen they found the name when they saw an antique shop with the name. If you put Granny’s Attic Antiques into Google, you get this: http://www.grannysatticnj.com/. Could it be the very one? I like to think so.