Review: Rose's Pawn Shop & Support, Nottingham Irish Centre, by Peter Palmer
Do Re Mi isn't the most original of titles, but forget The Sound of Music. The song of that name which Rose's Pawn Shop delivered would have made Woody Guthrie – who inspired it – stop in his tracks.
The folk-rock band from Los Angeles did more than set the foot tapping. Their most rhythmic numbers had Irish dancers in the audience putting on an impromptu floor show.
The five made an early impression with Danger Behind The Wheel, from their recent album Dancing On The Gallows. Later they gave us the title song,
Singer-guitarist Paul Givant mixed raw vigour and sweet pathos. Alongside him, Tim Weed played a wicked fiddle. John Kraus wielded a sturdy banjo, Stephen Andrews a resonant double bass.
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And behind them, exhilarating Canadian percussionist Christian Hogan clamped the ensemble firmly together. Their listeners would have let them swing all night.
Youthful local acts lent valiant support. Minus their drummer, the two lads of In The North Wood were more folk sounding than rock.
The name of The Most Ugly Child was the only thing not to like about Daniel Wright's richly entertaining country band. They have a fresh-voiced girl singer in Stevie Leigh, and they looked altogether more relaxed than in a YouTube clip of their Guitar Bar gig last December.