By Ian Haughey - 12th February 2012 9:34am
Last Thursday night at the Lord C, David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' was a 'moment, as we say, a version played live as part of the encore to Phil Maddocks' set at the Lord C.
More later, so let's set the scene.
Opening with a Richard Thompson number, Maddocks' set reflected the influences in his self-penned material, 'Bed rest and water', 'Polish the glass', 'And so the girl' to pick out a few from the first half set.
As we enjoyed a version of 'The Fisherman's Blues', a Waterboys track during the second half set, that Phil stamped his own vocally, Nick Bayes added a warm depth on acoustic bass.
The dynamics really edged the second half set with the evergreen Alisdair McKenzie joining the now duo on sax, alto clarinet and bass clarinet through the following numbers and into the encore.
From a list of self penned numbers, 'Tricky and pretty' and 'White Water' were highlights. Then, this is where the 'moment' came.
Following Phil's masterful version of Marvin Gaye's 'Ain't that peculiar', with Bayes on bass and McKenzie on bass clarinet, Phil moved into the 'Let's dance'. Bayes retired from the stage and Alisdair switched to sax and the magic began.
From the clean acoustic guitar to Maddocks' vocal, the scene was set — if the Bowie track was about to be owned at this moment, the sax nailed it.
This is what Live Music is about — this line up of musicians was a one-off, the choice of track, voted for by the audience, was far from usual for this style of acoustic set.
No-one, other than those there, will ever witness that moment again.
To avoid future missed 'moments', get yourself down to the Lord C this coming Thursday. Taylor and the Mason will definitely find the spot, and you will feel free, as free as it is to get in.
See you there
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