Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band, The LoreLei and Brothers Reid – The Lemon Tree – 14/05/11
I’d looked forward to this gig for a wee while, its been AGES since I’ve seen The Lorelei, not so long since Gerry J & Co but always a good experience and glad to at last see the Brothers Reid despite seeing them listed on various line-ups over the last few months. If Captain Tom ever needed an excuse to put a gig on this was it, not one, but TWO album launches shoe-horned into the same event. Impressed? Well, the gauntlet was on the floor, could Fat Hippy Records pick it up and skelp me round the ear with it?
First up are the Brothers Reid. Now I’m not sure if that’s the Brothers Reid (there are two of them that share dna apparently) plus band, or if Brothers Reid covers the whole shebang as they were a five piece on the night. Not to worry, I shall investigate for future reference! The Lemon tree dance floor is filling up quickly as they get their set underway and we’re treated to a sort of bluegrass folky kind of mix with a changing tempo throughout the set which has some fiddle, banjo and even mandolin (I think) threaded though it. Many bits of good playing of the instruments dotted throughout the performance too. I have a thing for good frontmen and I think that Fish is just that. A little bit of banter but not too much, encouragement to get your feet moving with, most importantly, the songs and tunes to back them up. Well I think I could well have enjoyed a wee bit longer of the Brothers Reid tonight but hey, that’ll keep for another time.
Its been a long time since I’d seen The Lorelei, the evolution of man (and/or probably alcohol) had meant that my memory was to suggest that they were a folky sounding bunch so I was looking forward to what the 2011 version of events would bring. Indeed, tonight is the official lauch night of their album “Faces” of which meant a fresh setlist with some old and new Lorelei tunes on it. My take is that this band has many Faces (great pun) to them as we have the solo of John with the violin to start and yet we can go from 0-60 in ten seconds and get the full on Lorelei experience. Its busy (six members), fun, and the guys and gal on stage look like they’re having an absolute ball. Song For the Boy was the stand out track for me on the night but I think it was a great live performance which had the dance floor bouncing at times. All of the performers did their part and collectively, although far from being what folk call `tight` these days, it was something that reminded me of The Nips or The Pogues, just everyone mucking in and doing their bit and it made for a set that just whizzed past. I’d like to see The Lorelei on a bigger stage, singer John looked like he was suffocating when he was throwing out his various moves so maybe a good support slot at the Music Hall would do just nicely.
A quick look at the scoreboard and its 2-0 to Fat Hippy as we reach the final round and Gerry Jablonski (followed swiftly by The Electric Band) takes to the stage and for any blues enthusiasts in the crowd this definitely is showtime. See, this is a fella that just oozes quality in what he does, and backed up by The Professor on bass, Peter Narojczyk (the only man that makes harmonica playing interesting for me) and Dave Innes on drums its one of Aberdeen’s best kept secrets. Maybe not so much a secret if you’re `into` blues but hopefully you’ll get what I mean. Two hours of solid guitar, harmonica and drums with the Jablonski vocals giving it all plenty of punch whilst ducking and diving throughout the performance. I hope the newly released and superbly titled album “Life at Captain Toms” does really well, if anyone deserves it its these guys.
Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band
A brilliant night in the end, and all for a credit crunch busting six quid. Ace!
Words and pics by Still Burning.
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The Lorelei Website
Brothers Reid MySpace