People, Places & Ponderings
I'd overlooked this rather nice review from Derry Jones of my gig with Tim at the Woodman Folk Club on 7 July.
"Well, yet another great night was had by all last Friday, 7th July. Keith and Tim played a blinder!
"It was an excellent show put on by two lovely people.
"Keith, (Dad) and Tim, (Son), are both immensely talented performers. Individually they both have different styles and different techniques and different outlooks, but they cleverly melded all this together, brilliantly turning it into a very funny "double act" of wise versus wayward.
"No Djembe, that's Djembe, but lots of variety with guitars, mandolin, saxophone and, (technophobes look away now), a rather clever little device called a looper. This device allowed Tim to create layer upon layer of backing voices, percussion and riffs. A sort of talent terrine!
"Well done also to all our mad and talented, home grown performers who set the scene so well for the main act.
"'Twas a cracking night!"
Thanks, Derry. Thanks, too, to our friend Derek Mitchell who played on a couple of songs. Derek is a superb guitarist and told me he'd learnt 'Holding Back' by Dougie MacLean, so would I like to sing it? Tim added low whistle and I reckon we did a pretty good job! Derek's playing was immaculate! :-)
I'm really looking forward to our gig on Friday (7 July) and grateful for this 'plug' in the Woodman Folk Club Newsletter from Rob O'Dell:
"Friday 7 July sees the very welcome return of our dear friends and Woodman regulars….(well at least one of them still is) Keith & Tim Judson. The Judsons, both father and son, as solo artistes and together, have been delighting the Woodman audience for quite a long time now and it’s always a pleasure to welcome them back to the club, as friends as well as club guests. Both Tim and Keith are accomplished singers, songwriters and musicians and I suspect that most, if not all that we hear tonight will be self-penned. No doubt Tim will regale us with tales of his travels far and wide which have greatly influenced his music, whilst Keith’s influences tend to be more locally based and sometimes influenced by his faith and no doubt there will still be a few of his recent CD’s for sale with proceeds going to the Primrose Hospice. Welcome back, both of you."
(PS - Old photo taken at The Hop Pole in Bewdley. Must get an up-to-date one!)
I'm chuffed to bits at being asked to support Keith Donnelly & Flossie Malavialle (AKA Dark Horses) on Saturday 11 November at Clent Parish Hall. As well as being highly gifted singers and musicians, these two are also wonderful entertainers. I've heard them both as solo artists before but not as a duo, so really looking forward to that. Touching, poignant songs and hilarious (OK, sometimes crazy!) banter. Thanks to organiser Howard Lowry for this opportunity.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the fundraising concert on Saturday evening.
Veronica "Ronnie" Collins, one of our stalwart volunteers at Primrose, opened proceedings with three classic love songs which perfectly suited the lush clarity of her voice.
After that I played a set of my own songs, together with a couple of covers and found the audience were really responsive. They joined in several times, as did members of the local Rock Choir - notably on 'Love Letters', which sounded wonderful! (Thanks folks!)
Following the interval we were treated to ten numbers by the 60+ strong Rock Choir, who clearly loved every minute of their performance. They were not only excellent musically but also such fun to watch. Their musical director Christa Hugo is clearly an inspiration and was justifiably proud of her 'band'!
Thanks to Emma, Alan & Brenda, Norman & Janet, Pat + everyone else at St Godwald's Church for organising the evening and inviting me to play. (Thanks, too, to the folk who bought CD's!)
Many thanks to Norman 'Gentlefolk' Wheatley for inviting me to sing a few songs at Warwick Folk Club on Monday evening. Meeting in the smart surroundings of the Warwick Arms Hotel, the evening included some great music, an attentive audience and the usual banter. I really enjoyed myself!
I was grateful, too, for selling another five CD's which took me over £500 raised for Primrose Hospice - i.e. on top of covering all the production costs. So, over halfway to my target of £1000. Thanks very much, everyone!