Jimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of Music

Jimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of MusicJimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of Music

Jimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of Music

 

Tonight The Tunnels in Bristol celebrated an evening with music that refused to be defined. It was all excellent and rooted in the experiences of folk, African, European, the Worker, the Poor and the Enslaved.  The colossus that is Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus hit town tonight on a tour spreading their approach to music, life and humour across Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Slovenia and with eleven dates left to play.

Jimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of Music
Words barely capture the vibe, passion and the distilled essence of Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus’ music; they have a deep empathy and the harmonization and flowing tonal textures send chills down your spine and connects deep in your music DNA.  Tonight opened in a traditional Ian Siegal solo gig format with the wonderful Silver Spurs from The Dust he fills the stage and then when the last note of guitar recedes and his spinning fingers still he then invites Jimbo to join him on stage and the party begins. Ian introduces the multi-talented Jimbo with a new fact that he played on the score for Finding Nemo.  The flow of conversation linked the music and wove the tradition of storytelling with roots music this was a pair of troubadours in action.  Yes, there was a set list but this was flexible as they discussed what to play next, they dipped into traditional music and songs they have written and recorded on their live album Wayward Sons, and back catalogue of Ian’s including Man & Guitar, and Picnic Sessions. It was at the recording of Picnic Sessions that this pair of musical reprobates met and the happy partnership for music lovers was formed.

Jimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of MusicThe set list mixed gospel, Mary Don’t You Weep, Blues Charlie Patton’s, Pony Blues and Mississippi Hill Country of RL Burnside with Long Haired Doney,  Wilie Nelson Country with Crazy Soldier via Willie Nelson and Tex-Mex courtesy of the song that never has a happy ending Gallo del Ciello. We learnt about mules that they were the infertile progeny of a Horse and an Ass, Jesse James’ pistol in the possession of Jimbo’s Dad and Rosetta Patton the daughter of Charley who bought Jimbo up. His music is steeped in the traditions and folk memories of Mississippi. Ian has a passion, deep understanding for the feel of the blues in all its shades and textures and when in Mississipi recording his name Ian was difficult for the rest to get to grips with, so he got called Overseas. Yes, he is from overseas but his understanding of the music makes him a natural, hence the Talkin Overseas Pirate Blues. This was artistry the show was immense and the music rolled on as guitars changed and for some of the songs Jimbo added harp plus delicious mandolin so sweet you could taste it.  Tallahatchie, a Jimbo number with a fantastic mandolin lead break, bringing more cheers and whoops of delights from an audience that sat in and listened in delight at the power of these two on stage. Favorites were included into the set  I Am The Train, Casey Jones and Hard Times Come Again No More, weaving the storytelling, connecting with our emotions as quality folk/roots music of the people for the people should.Jimbo and Ian fills the Tunnels with Roots of Music

 

Tonight’s show was a tour-de-force entertaining, funny and the music sublime we were transported into a land where music ruled we were in harmony and the singing  that accompanied the duo spontaneously on Dirty Old Town an encore that left us wanting more. You can tonight they move on to The Convent in Stroud. Continue to support live music if you can’t get there the solution is watch it online via Netgig – link HERE

Checkout the rest of Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus tour dates HERE

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CD Review – Ian Siegal ~ Man & Guitar

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Man & Guitar
Nugene Records – Release date 12th May 2014 (Available at Live Shows from April 2014)

Man & Guitar the follow-up album to “The Dust” his last solo album has been long-awaited and oft ask for and here we get solo and live what a double bundle of delights; the combination makes you feel as you are almost at a live gig thanks to the witty interludes and with the lights down low and the speakers turned up it is if Ian is in your living room playing for you this album 43 minutes of pure joy.The title is a perfect description of this award-winning multi faceted musician, since it says everything you need to know or understand about Ian Siegal, he is a Man with guitar (multiple guitars in fact) who delivers his heart and soul to make every note and word have the tonal inclination so that you fall deep into the song and caught in the mesmerizing musical talent that is Ian Siegal.

The opening tracks can be found on Ian’s last solo album, “The Dust” but these are a different fresh and re-worked ‘Silver Spurs’ and ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ which is a favourite of audiences across the land when this traditional song is given the Siegal treatment. The interludes between the songs are full of stories and Ian Siegal’s own self-deprecating cynicism, his strong opinions and the little comments about tracks being country! that make his solo shows so special. The solo re-working of ‘Mortal Coil Shuffle’ (Swagger 2007) and ‘Falling on Down’ (Meat & Potatoes 2005) with its emotionally charged storytelling. The British Blues Awards 2013 Best song – ‘I Am The Train’ is given a solo outing from British Blues Award winning album Candy Store Kid (2012) which was also nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album in the 2013 Blues Awards and the 2013 Blues Blast Awards is a country rhythm driven track which works so well live and I am loving this solo version. The re-working of classics intertwine between his own composition demonstrating the depth, skill and versatility of a true 21st century troubadour that will not be caged in by a genre but attracted to the lyrics and makes the songs his home. ‘Pony Blues’ by Charlie Patton is played beautifully and despite his modesty… ‘Ah, I goofed it Already’ is a true demonstration of his often underrated guitar skills as this slippery open is performed with love, respect and passion a true tribute to the great blues guitarist Charlie Patton. Personally I am delighted to have the superb, stellar storytelling track of Tom Russell’s blues song ‘Gallo Del Cielo’; the rendition takes you each step of the way through the highs and eventual low of this wonderful fighting cock and then … well listen to the album go see Ian Siegal sing the song live for the ending… one day it will be happy ..

There is no doubt that “Man & Guitar” will be played often as a complete album Why? It is the next best thing to going and seeing Ian Siegel live – he is never simple a man and guitar as he brings warmth, wit and mirth combined with a tear to your eye as he delivers wonderful songs with empathy.. he is a true talent

In the words of Ian “This is all the songs from start to finish imperfections and all. I hope you like it.” – we do it is authentic Ian Siegal.. honest and true long may you continue to produce quality songs for all of us to sit back and enjoy the artistry…

Bluesdoodles gives this CD out of five doodle paws a doodle rating of
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Ian Siegal Live Dates..
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