Monday, 6 June 2011

Terry Edwards - Live Firestation Arts Centre Windsor June 02nd 2011

Terry Edwards (left) on stage with Robyn Hitchcock - Photo by Steve Worrall
Just a quick mention of the excellent Terry Edwards' support slot at the recent Robyn Hitchcock gig in Windsor.  Generally regarded as a respected session musician and collaborator, he has performed and recorded with artists including Lydia Lunch, Gallon Drunk, Tindersticks and The Blockheads, Terry played a set consisting of tracks from last year's solo album, "Cliches". This is an intriguing album of cover versions inspired by Alex Chilton's similar project, with a nod to Chet Baker along the way. Here live, they are stripped to the very basics of Terry's sweet voice, sax and acoustic guitar.  It's difficult to think of a more eclectic set list of covers, ranging from The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Beatles, to James Brown and 30's musical staples such as "Lulu's Back In Town" and Ray Noble's beautiful "The Very Thought Of You". But the obvious affection Terry has for the songs manages to ensure that it isn't a cynical exercise, you get a real feeling of honesty and genuine joy at playing songs that mean something to him personally.

As well as his appearances with Robyn Hitchcock, Terry will play with Lydia Lunch and the Big Sexy Noise as part of Ray Davies' Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, London on June 18th.
"Clichés" (Sartorial Records).

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