Welch Kaplin - Corner Hotel Richmond - 4 March 2009
On what must
be their tenth or eleventh tour, Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch, now comfortably
accompanied by master musician Fats Kaplin and Kieran's son Lucas Kane,
have not lost any of the sparkle that so impressed those of us (me included)
who saw them on their first tour way back in 1999 at the late lamented
Age has certainly
not wearied them nor has custom staled the iteration of their masterful
act as witnessed at the Corner on Wednesday 4th March.
It was a
night of superb music and blessedly bereft of a support act, so the quartet
were the sole act. They began with Kieran Kane's funky Monkey Jump
then sweetened up the audience with the optimistic To the Harvest Look
Ahead and the wistful I Wish I Had That Mandolin, both performed
by Kevin Welch.
dedicated the next song, I Can't Wait to the aftermath of
the American Election, stating that he used to sing it with a different
emphasis beforehand. He introduced his next song with the wry remark
that it was a hopeful song wrapped in a kind of grey cloud of depression.
That song was Ain't Gonna Do It.
the highlight of the first set was Kevin's performance of the song
Marysville which he wrote after learning of the devastation
caused by the Black Saturday bush fires. It was greeted warmly by
the audience. The song is included on the forthcoming St Vincent
de Paul bushfire relief CD After The Fire
On a different
note the Fats Kaplin oddity Monkey In A Dog Cart brought the performance
back to a lighter mood.
set ended with a fabulous rendition of Mr Bones, Fats Kaplin providing
a Middle Eastern beat on a mandolin played as if it was an oud.
From Mexico opened the second set and continued through nine more
songs, some old like Something About You (a request from the audience)
and Town This Size, but most songs were drawn from the three Kane Welch
Kaplin albums. Kevin promised - tongue in cheek - that the next time they
tour they will do a show exclusively dedicated to requests - accompanied
by lyric sheets.
to say the musicianship in all cases was fantastically good, satisfyingly
rich and big in sound. Lucas Kane provided tasteful drumming, that
never intruded on the sound ambience but was essential to it at
the same time.
matter how many times one goes to a Kane Welch Kaplin show, one
always emerges from it in a pleasant state of mind, thoroughly satisfied
with the quality of the performance. They are all great troupers
and entertainers. May they continue to return to these shores for
many years to come.
1. Monkey Jump
2. To The Harvest Look Ahead
3. I Wish I Had That Mandolin
4. I Can't Wait
5. Ain't Gonna Do It
8. Monkey On A Dog Cart (Fats Kaplin)
9. New song (Kieran)
10. Mr Bones
1. Postcard From Mexico
2. Don't Try To Fight It
3. Something About You
4. Jersey Devil
5. Anybody's Game ? (new song from Kieran)
6. Maloney Road (Fats Kaplin)
7. Dark Boogie #7
8. Town This Size
9. Long Cold Train (John Hadley cover)
10. Shadows On The Ground
1. Train To Birmingham (John Hiatt cover)
2. 8 More Miles
photos by Anne Sydenham