Wilko Johnson & Ian Siegal – The Lemon Tree – 17/09/11
When the tour dates for Wilko Johnson were announced I was pleased to see an Aberdeen date in the listings having been reminded of the influence of the multi-talented Wilko by the then recent showing of the perhaps oddly-titled documentary “Oil City Confidential”, the story of Dr Feelgood. This is a man with song writing skills in abundance and a cv that contains such Legends as Dr Feelgood and The Blockheads. Johnson is joined on stage with fellow band members Norman Watt-Roy (also ex-Blockhead) on bass and multi-genre drummer, Dylan Howe.
First up to a rapidly filling up Lemon tree is blues guitarist supreme Ian Siegal who gets an hour to wet the appetite of this much appreciative audience. I lack the song titles and adjectives to do this man justice but it looked like many people in the audience fully enjoyed his set, of which he with a tribute to Big George from Glasgow, a fellow bluesman who is sadly no longer playing the circuit and even for me it was a heartfelt tribute from one musician to another. Nice one Ian.
There’s a good feeling when a real pro comes on stage isn’t there? No introductions or anything just step onto the stage and start playing and get the crowd in the palm of their hand, well, I thought this was one of them. Wilko Johnson is at his mischievous best with all the stares, looks and guitar pointing actions while Norman is simply tearing his bass up with more flexibility than a cheap hooker. It’s a set that lasts the best part of two hours and Wilko with his unique guitar playing hacking style has dipped into his back catalogue from over the years with Back in the Night, Roxette, She Does It Right and so on as well as more current songs and finishing up with a rousing rendition of Johnny B Goode.
I have to add that I don’t think I’ve ever been as fixated on a bass player as I was tonight, this man Norman just oozes a style that I associate with the great jazz and blues musicians in so much that they are just great to watch at work, no jump shots or climbing anywhere tonight its just the vision of maximum concentration and application to his playing and I hope you maybe get that impression from a couple of the pics below.
Great gig, and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
Words and pics by Still Burning.
Wilko Johnson Website
Ian Siegal Website