Reviews 2012

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Gren Bartley

Bob Kemp 5 Oct 2012

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This young musician is surely a master of his craft and one to watch on the folk scene locally, if not nationally.

Gren entertained an almost full house, with a blend of Folk, Country ( Dolly Parton - Porcelain Hand) and Blues numbers ably accompanied on several songs by partner Julia Disney on key-board and violin. With excellent guitar playing and vocals throughout, Gren sang about 17 songs; no mean feat considering he was suffering from a cold. Lubricated by medicinal brandy, we were treated to a number of self-penned songs ( e.g. 'A Descent', with some very good harmonica playing ), a few covers ( e.g. 'Last time I saw Richard' - Joni Mitchell) and a novel banjo number (' I am home' ) with an EBO. He linked with a few amusing anecdotes and clearly enjoys what he does. His wolf impressions in 'Whiskey Head', a little bluesy number, were a bit scary though!!

Gren provided us with an evening of first-class music, ending with a beautiful rendition of 'Starry, Starry Night'. Judging from comments amongst the audience Gren should go far - Recommended.