Reviews 2020

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Kim Lowings and The Greenwood

Keith Bache 21 February 2020

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Kim Lowings & The Greenwood (Kim Lowings Music) played an outstanding gig to a rammed full Woodman Folk Club at Ashwood Marina, Kingswinford on Friday. This gig, one of Kim's few gigs this year as she will be taking maternity leave and working on the next album was a triumph on every level. The atmosphere at this club is something special, unmatched by any other and with Kim being relatively local, it was something if a gathering of friends and family.

Kim's voice, beautiful and breathtaking, flowed like melted honey from the stage area as she led the Greenwood ( Jarv Lowings Dave Sutherland & Tim Rogers) through a feast of Greenwood classics and some brand new songs.

Opening strongly with the tale of The Jones Boys with it's sing-along chorus and refrain, Kim and the Greenwood set the bar high. One of my favourites followed, Call Me River - Kim's thoughts on anxiety and being there for one another. A brand new original song, Rubble and Ashes, inspired by Kim's encounters with social media sounded impressive on first hearing. Richard Thompson's Galway to Graceland, beautifully sung and played (and no mind blanks this year!)

Dave brought a stunning new song to the band, called A Safe Harbour and featured some lovely harmony vocals from him. Hopefully this will become a regular in the Greenwood sets in the future.

Kim and Jarv opened the second set as a duo, performing the traditional The Blacksmith - KL&TG always seem to interpret traditional folk giving it their own unique stamp. Other trad highlights included Bold Riley and Oh The Wind & Rain (a dark tale of murder with a jaunty tune - perfect folk music)!

Kim's Hells Own Town is developing into a great song after a few live outings and how wonderful to hear I'm Still Here (anyone who's had a bad day at work will ID with this - I certainly do - most days! KL&TG closed with their take on Away Ye Merry Lassies - a song they have made their own anthem with the ultimate sing-along Chorus. A much demanded encore of course - The Cuckoo finished an unforgettable night. A girls (and boys) night out to treasure.

There were some good floor spots to start each half of the evening too including Bryn Phillips who also did a great job as MC - a club well worth a visit if you are anywhere near on a Friday evening - brilliantly run by Derry and Debby.