Reviews 2017

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews


Les Jones 27 October 2017

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Jinski comprises Stephen Wegrzynski who writes and sings most of their material and Dave Kennedy who plays the guitar parts which gives the duo its distinctive sound. Steve also gives one of his various nicknames to the band’s name. I have found it difficult to categorise their music so what more can I do but quote their website which seems to sum it up for me. “… the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern.

This is Jinski’s third visit to the club and very welcome they were. A beautiful balance of music and funny stories to support them.

The first set comprised: Take That Train; What’s Wrong; a more up-tempo version of the traditional Byker Hill, which Dave says is at the bottom of his road; the lover song Tick Tock; Never Gonna Work Again – a northern song; Top of the Tree, all about ambition; A69, one of their favourite roads. I suppose if you spend so much of your time travelling you’re bound to have your preferences; A song about being the outsider, My Ball Makes a Square; Ship Ahoy which was requested by John and Carol and caused Steve and Dave to have to re-learn it as they don’t play it that often anymore. I thought it was well worth it. This closed the first half.

The second set was equally as entertaining. Night Bird was followed by their version of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold; Complain was next followed by I Remember Happy and then Down Here. Eventually preceded Folsom Prison Blues; Live Long in the day and My Father’s Hands. The encore was A Change in the Weather.

Support was provided by Nothing to Prove and John Hoare with Bryn Phillips, as usual, after the interval.

A little item of trivia – It was Jinski’s second visit in 2015 that brought John and Carol to the to the club. They have been with us ever since.
What more could I possibly add apart from:

A Wonderful Night Was Had by All.
Here’s To The Next One.