FOCSLE Music Events

most Wednesdays (exc. first), each month
at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley,  SOUTHAMPTON  SO14 6SF

13 Mar 2019
Guest:  NICK DOW

Nick Dow playing guitar

  Traditional folksong par excellence.  One of the best folk voices of his generation, NICK DOW has been performing and song-collecting for over forty years, gleaning material from the West Country, and being given songs by the Travelling people, with whom he has lived and worked.  His guitar-playing is sensitive and well thought-out and his repertoire contains many songs you will hear nowhere else.  “A mellow, lived-in voice… [like] … Cyril Tawney and Dave Burland” (Tony Hendry), “sturdy, well-rounded and full-toned” … “direct, unfussy delivery” (David Kidman), “excellent style” (Gavin Atkin), are just some of the nice things said and written about him by those in the know.
  Nick’s gigs are informative and entertaining:  tonight's was no exception.  He has a great sense of humour, and our audience didn’t go home disappointed.  Personal circumstances meant he’d been trimming his gig-list considerably, so this was now a much rarer chance to catch this accomplished vocalist and guitarist.  In a non-musical capacity, he is trained in the dying art of Gypsy wagon painting.
  As an unexpected bonus, he brought his friend, fiddler NIGEL CANTER (also known in the capacity of running Wessex Folk Festival for many years) to accompany him on several numbers.  He also gave us a couple of solo spots, including one by Eck Robertson, the first [certainly non-classical, but possiby ANY genre] violinist to record solo.  I'd never heard anything by him, except on very hissy, crackly 1920s recordings.

  Most of the usual Doghouse Guest arrangements applied:  c.40 mins. of singaround, followed by support acts (JOHN KNOWLER provided the other, including the very droll The Colo-Rectal Surgeon, impeccably delivered), plus two 45-mins. spots from Nick.

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