#540: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Although now departed from the project, it was Tony Kelsey of The Move and Made In Brum fame who first introduced me last year to Birmingham based folk band Red Shoes as they prepared for the release of their second studio album "All The Good Friends" - which also featured appearances by Bev Bevan [The Move/ELO] and Bill Hunt [ELO/Wizzard] amongst other notable guests. Their follow-up to "Ring Around The Land" duly arrived in November 2012 to much critical acclaim. And so it was that whilst the band were headlining a fund raiser for the very worthwhile charity Cancer Support @ The White House in Dudley on a [rare] sunny Sunday in May, that I made the short journey from ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] HQ to both meet up with the quartet and also hear them perform their six song set to close out a very successful event.
Red Shoes in 2013 are: Mark Evans, Carolyn Evans, Bert Priest and Nigel King. The quartet delivered a wonderful exposition of rootsy folk music yesterday comprising the songs "The Well"; "If This Is Life"; "Celtic Moon"; "The Last Dance"; "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness" and "Swansong" with the finale being a full stage of participating musicians playing and singing their way through the Fairport Convention classic "Meet On The Ledge". My first impression of their live performance is that they are very comfortable with each other and at home in an acoustic setting with minimal amplification. It was indeed an enjoyable mini-gig and a nice taster of their full live set which I hope to witness in the near future.
Check out my review of "All The Good Friends" for ELOBF and their official web site for further details of the band and their tour schedule thus:
REVIEW: ALL THE GOOD FRIENDS [Red Shoes]
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "All The Good Friends" by Red Shoes to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, The Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-May-2013