A sell-out Barrowlands eagerly awaited tonight’s bluegrass hoedown and they were not disappointed.
First on stage were duo Johnnyswim consisting of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, daughter of the late Donna Summer.
This was an uninspiring set from a pop country combination which did not grab the audience, the majority of whom who ignored their attempts to get the somewhat rowdy crowd on their side. A pretty directionless act, but with definite potential, they need to rethink just exactly from where their music is coming.
The Old Crow Medicine Show is a six piece band who performed a hi-octane set with brilliant vocals and instrumental work. Banjos and fiddles, dobro and double bass, guitars and intense harmonica combined into an energetic performance. Songs of Vietnam, shenanigans on Mississippi Saturday nights, the South, Southern re
bels and many other associated subjects were presented without any let up on the rapid pace set from the beginning.
They were simply, in a word, magnificent. However, I feel I must raise a few gripes.
The ticket said the doors opened at 7.00 for a 7.30pm kick-off. Only when inside did we learn that the start time had been moved to 8.00pm. The interval was an unnecessarily long further 30 minutes.
sheer size of the crowd crammed into the Barrowlands results on an environment far too crowded to allow for any comfortable enjoyment or clear listening of the music, unless you like being jostled near the stage.
Unfortunately, I had to leave after only one hour of this excellent set.
Barrowland, rock on as much as you want, but you’ll do it without me!