Why the legendary Joe should be on the National Health
FILING in to see the legend Joe Brown at the weekend was less Saturday night, more Sunday morning. No security personnel required – a sea of pepper and salt heads dipped to offer each other toffees and tissues.
Just like old times – unlike the set. The stage is filled with a total of eight guitars – nine if you count the bass. There are two drum kits, one a cardboard skiffle kit played with brushes. The double bass is the weight behind six ukuleles and a couple of mandolins. Joe strolls on looking at least 20 years younger than his fanbase: "I like to call this our front-room set," he says. "In the second half, I come on in a gold lamé suit and play the hits."
Whether they play Big Rock Candy Mountain, That's What Love Will Do or 'Enery The Eighth I Am, the atmosphere is compelling.
Joe Brown is truly the musician's musician. Non-starry in the way he frequently takes a back seat to accompany his son – "You were a lovely baby, Pete" – drummer Phil Capaldi, or fellow guitarst Ben Lee, he combines technical brilliance with immaculate delivery.
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"I like the ukulele – they should be put on the National Health," he says. On the strength of this performance, so should he.