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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Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus @ The Flowerpot, Derby

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The Flowerport, Derby / RAW Promo
27th November 2014

 

 

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus - Flowerpot Nov 2014 - _0007lThe Flowerpot was packed and there was a buzz of excited anticipation for this twosome to step on stage and begin all the positive comments they have received on this tour meant we all want to hear the music for ourselves. The evening opened with Ian’s favourite warm-up number from The Dust Silver Spurs which got the hands warmed and the feet tapping in preparation for what turned-out to be a truly rip-roaring set of pure Siegal with a little bit extra from the man from Mississippi Jimbo Mathus. They met at a festival in U.S.A at North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic out of which Ian’s latest album was born Picnic Sessions.
They alternated a set full of nuggets as they flew solo and supported each other with harmonies and accompanying each other on guitar, or mandolin, harp and tambourine supplied by Jimbo. Tonight was more than the music with many tracks from Ian’s latest album Picnic Sessions, on which Jimbo played as well as his latest album Dark Night Of The Soul. It was also the informative, funny and delightful chit-chat and verbal interaction between them this was entertainment of so many levels; from left, right and centre stage!

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus - Flowerpot Nov 2014 - _0019lHeavenly Houseboat Blues was full of fun lyrics and some heavenly slide from Jimbo, their voices really hit it off with the harmonising and the complimentary tones adding layers of sound and textures. Everyone enjoyed the tale of Ian being called overseas and how Talkin’ Overseas Pirate Blues was born certainly a song that is short but memorable, using the Woody Guthrie style talking blues with the addition of the mandolin we went from pirates of the high sea onto outlaws of the Wild West with Jesse James.

It was so interesting to hear about Mississippi and the tales that inform the lyrics with Turkey Buzzard a different bird creeping into the set and Tallahatchie a traditional Indian name that is the roots in the Mississippi landscape. Then the contrast of a traditional British song with the crowds joining in with a favourite with the crowds Mary Don’t You Weep‘ crowds in the East Midlands expect this to be included in any set Ian delivers.

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus - Flowerpot Nov 2014 - _0080lThe Fear and Gallo Del Ciello were my highlights from Ian and definitely they compete, which is my favourite. This was an evening full of blues, a smidgen of country, lots of charm and storytelling of the highest order all too soon the evening was drawing to an end the encore was superb and unexpectedly the evening drew to the close with Dirty Ole Town and some hearty audience participation. Ian, Jimbo and guitars came to Derby and entertained us from the first to the last note blues can be such musical fun when delivered with confidence, feeling and a twist if that devil magic.

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CD Review: Ian Siegal ~ The Picnic Sessions

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The Picnic Sessions
Nugene Records

Once again award winning country/blues maestro of vocals and guitar has delivered an album that is different, very special yet 24 carat Ian Siegal in all his guises. The album recorded at Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in the style of Mississippi Porch approach, where they sat in a semi-circle around old ribbon microphones, played and sang with the old tape machine switched on the old tape machine – Picnic Sessions is the result it is as we played and felt the music it is a natural sound reflecting the mood of the moment.

There is a mix of new, old and something blue and to the 16 tracks Bluesdoodles was delighted to hear live two from an early album Standing In The MorningHow Come You’re Still Here and Beulah Land where you can imagine sitting on a carriage with a pair of horses in hand the dust being kicked up and the sun high in the sky he paints in music and words a musical country embroidery. Love the creativity as Ian goes off piste and we have the sounds of Topol and Fiddler On The Roof, Eastern European beat and swirling of dancers around the fire then seamlessly returning to the original country tempo and beat. Then two favourites from his solo shows and recorded on Man and GuitarGallo Del Cielo and Hard Times (Come Again No More) showing the power of these two tracks and how you never hear them done quite the same way twice.

The rest of the album is new tracks including little hidden insights conversation shows how the tracks are being developed on the hoof as heard on Keen and Peachy which has a haunting sound and the first time ever hear car seat and ceviche in the same sentence.

Wasted Freedom is simple guitar and Siegal combo full of poetry of love lost and regrets that cannot be put right it is a compelling song that for me is a Siegal blues delight. There is fun on the album as well with Talkin’ Overseas Pirate Blues, with a spoken intro that is harking back to the style of talking blues and Now Its A Party with the mandolin the perfect accompaniment to create a tune that hints at dancing

This album is not all about Ian Siegal’s guitar and voice it is the musicianship of Cody Dickinson, Alvin Youngbloodheart Luther Dickinson and Jimbo Mathus. The collection of instruments played adds a quality that would never have been found if this was a studio album. It is the fact that they grabbed the nearest instrument and joined in that makes this album an unpolished gem that shines because the mastery is encompassed in the music and freedom of expression and not by magic tricks of the mixing desk and post-production wizardry.

This is not a blues album for the purist but it is a must purchase for everyone who loves free flowing live music that is a meshing of styles and tempos creating a cohesive sound that is Ian Siegal and his Merry Musicians around that virtual campfire.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN + + doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

Band

Ian Siegal – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Luther Dickinson – Guitar, Mandolin, Mandocello, Bass, Vocals
Alvin Youngblood Hart – Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals
Jimbo Mathus – Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
Cody Dickinson – Whoogie Board

Tour Dates – November 2014