Review: Nimming Ned, Salutation Inn, by Peter Blackburn
The Salutation Inn might have seemed an odd location for an evening of folk with its reputation a home for rock music but one of Nottingham's most historic pubs provided the perfect setting an the album release gig by Nimming Ned, Folkwit records' latest signing.
Started by two Nottingham lads, Toby Hodgkinson and Chris Woods, the band have added to their previously lo-fi acoustic sound by bringing fiddle player and accordion maestro Jim Walker and Shell boy Leddington into the band, with tremendous results.
The album, Summon The Crows, is played out before the capacity crowd and the band show the musical deftness and subtlety to quickly switch between upbeat, dance-worthy numbers like Glass Half Full, and the wonderfully heartfelt folk ballad, Farewell. The applause are warm, and the fiddle playing in particular, is sublime.
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Their Nottingham roots play a part in their music, with songs referencing Robin Hood and even local beer, Elsie Mo. The latter is one of the highlights and Chris and Toby keep the audience participation in full flow as everyone sings back the chorus.
Without doubt the true highlight came as the evening came to a climax, with the uplifting and brilliant Crowman.
If you want the most beautifully polished, perfect outfit, then perhaps the Neds aren't for you. But they are if you want a live show where you can share in a band's exuberance and joy at playing wonderful folk music.