Fret & Fiddle
Sally Minchin – violin & vocals
Andy Bole – guitar/banjo
Rich Hughes – piano
Simon Smith – bass
Graham Smith – drums
This session was one of our “top draw” evenings. A group of talented musicians with a refreshing presentation and a repertoire that catered for all musical tastes. It included popular standards delivered in their own style, mixed with hot club, unusual tunes and not often heard numbers. This was a lovely change to the norm and an evening of pure entertainment.
Their first number was I’ve Found A New Baby a popular standard in hot club style and followed by Tchavolo Swing and Pennies From Heaven with a piano intro and a vocal from Sally. Have You Met Miss Jones a song written by Richard Rodgers and published in 1937 was a tune written for the musical comedy I’d Rather Be Right and Sally leading with piano and bass performed this and was then joined with guitar and drums. Autumn Leaves a great version and tunes don’t get much better than that one was followed by Willow Weep For Me. An instrumental Sidney Bechet tune, written and recorded in 1952, of Petite Fleur was played in slow swing into fast latin with Dance Me To The End Of Love next – this was a song by Leonard Cohen written in 1984 as a love song and was inspired by the horrors of the Holocaust. Sally was very good at explaining the tunes they did and Wikipedia came into its own for sure. Next tune was How High The Moon which according to Paul McCartney was the first song the Beatles played together. This first set ended brilliantly with a fast version of Tiger Rag.
J’Attendrai a popular French song was an instrumental recorded in 1938 by Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli started the second set followed by a hot club number Stompin At Decca. Anything Goes and I’m Ready two great tunes were followed by the good old standard Sweet Georgia Brown. Next we were treated to an unusual tune called Chocolate Jesus which was written by Tom Waits and Sally explained it was about memories and thoughts of a journey to church and in this tune Andy played banjo. Invitation To Dance followed Minor Swing in hot club style – but no one danced! Crazy Rhythm next and then it was audience participation time with a vocal of Ridin The Rails and lots of train noises of Woo Woo. Well done all. Time had caught up with us and it was time for the final tune of the evening, which was a lovely version of Tico Tico.
Thank you again to Sally, Andy, Rich, Simon and Graham for a fabulous night and see you at the festival in August.