Saturday, August 16, 2014

SHOW REVIEW: AMERICAN ANDREW DUHON BRINGS HIS BRAND OF ROOTS & BLUES SONGS TO THE COSTA BLANCA

It's Friday 9th August 2014 and it's 20:30 on a beautiful August evening. The sun is departing for the day and the Orba Valley is dressed and ready for an evening of superb music.

Review by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

The outside area at the El Cid Restaurant & Bar is the perfect setting for visiting American performer Andrew Duhon to showcase his unique blend of southern soul that combines blues, upbeat rocking, swampy folk music.

However, unfortunately, Andrew was set to entertain us in one of the indoor function rooms. Being entertained "alfresco" was a great opportunity missed but it did not detract from a superb evening of music.


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Local guitarist Stewart Collier started the evening off with a mixed bag of tunes including a couple of his own compositions. An accomplished guitarist made more interesting with his use of a "looper" – a gadget that records short bits of music or voice and makes a backing track for the whole song. This device has been put to great effect on Ed Sheeran’s "Sing & Don’t".

Collier's set-list included a very good (if slightly over-long) version of the Eagles  "Hotel California" and a great cover of Oasis's "Champagne Supernova"

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Then came the Andrew Duhon's set which was amazing! He has unique voice and a gentle guitar style. He entertained us with a good selection of songs from both his albums - "Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You" and his latest "The Moorings". He also included some great old blues covers of Snooks Eaglin; Leadbelly & Allen Toussaint.

The blues mood continued when Stewart Collier joined Andrew on stage and Andrew slackened his strings "open tuned" his guitar, fitted a slide on his finger and ripped through Elmore James' classic and sexy "Dust My Broom" and a brilliant version of the American folk song "St James Infirmary" whcih was made famous by Louis Armstrong and later by Blind Willie McTell.

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Andrew finished solo with two songs, the last being his own bluesy "Sidestep Your Grave" from "The Moorings" album.

Now, it is Wednesday 13th August at La Sucreria, Javea Old Town and Andrew Duhon’s only other Costa Blanca gig. It was a Beautiful setting in the Plaza Iglesias in Javea. It was a warm, balmy evening after so many "sticky hot" days. The food was very good but the restaurant itself was not ideal for a gig like this. The outside tables were packed but only the two inside tables could see the action.

The sound however was just as good as ever and once again local entertainer Stewart Collier started the evening off and Andrew finished it in style. There were some slight variations on the El Cid set list and it was 23:30 when we left and walked the narrow streets, still full of diners, back to our car.

Another great evening with an exceptional talent. Roll on next year !!

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