With a voice that was as thickly sweet as boat varnish and guitars that were as expressive as a Bombay Talkie, the two-man Papa George & Micky Moody show rode into Staines last night.
To our little ol’ club along the Staines Riverside .
Their show was filled with quality from start to finish. Full of extraordinary possibilities. Eloquent guitar work, chocolate vocals, theatrical performances (as agile as you can imagine) — with moods lightened by warm humour and genuine affection shown for (and by) the public.
We had numbers like “Bring It On Home” (a song written by American bassist-songwriter Willie Dixon) with articulate picking and brief but memorable forays into riff-work.
And the treatment of the multi-layered and extraordinarily poignant blues ballad “Please Send Me Someone to Love” was exceptional.
With wonderful interaction between guitars. And rhythms that were always precise and excellently controlled.
A show highlight was Little Feat’s “Sailin’ Shoes” with its lazy pace, languid guitars and a tropical heat that pervaded every nuance.
Another ‘tropical’ number was the poetic “Moonshadow On Coconut Grove” one of the songs written by Papa George himself (it’s available on his Live At The Ram Jam album Featuring Alan Glen.)
This romantic number described his feeling of kinship with the ever-young ‘Blue Hawaii’ Elvis.
This was yet another beautiful evening at the Staines Riverside Club. With both players in great shape. (It’s nice to see Papa George enjoying himself again.) An incredible night.