KANE AND KEVIN WELCH
THE BASEMENT DISCS - 3 MARCH 2004
CLIFTON HILL HOTEL - 4 MARCH 2004
Kane and Kevin Welch started off their 2004 Australian tour with a bang.
Kane & Kevin Welch
at Basement Discs - 3 March 2004
sound system at the Basement Discs took a dislike to Kevin Welch's
Gibson guitar and emitted a loud blast of static that made everyone
in the room jump, and forced the boys to stop mid-song.
the troupers that they are they decided to forgo amplification and
continue in acoustic mode. After a quick transfer of chairs off
the stage and into a space amidst the crowd, they launched into
the interrupted piece again, the title song from their new album
"You Can't Save Everybody".
performed songs from the new CD which was released first in Australia
to coincide with the tour.
& Kevin Live at The Clifton Hill Hotel - 4 March 2004
In the Clifton
Hill Hotel, Emerald Room the same problems were evident, though less dramatic.
An ominous crackling was issuing from the speakers while the guys were
tuning up causing Kevin to remark that they "would get back to that
sensitive little number in a few minutes".
guitar was obviously the culprit again, so Kieran started off the
night with his song "Somewhere in the Middle", and as
Kevin was still struggling with his avowedly cursed guitar, Kieran
gave us a banjo instrumental "Cecil's Lament". The tune,
as Kieran explained, was a consolation prize for his daughter, as
he had originally bought the banjo for her and appropriated it for
finally got his guitar under control Kevin treated the crowd to
the Ron Davies song "Dark Eyed Gal" a tribute to Davies
who died during Kevin's last tour in Australia in October/November
performance went smoothly for the next few songs, the partners swapping
numbers while accompanying each other, Kieran singing "In a
Town This Size" and Kevin doing "Something 'Bout You".
Kieran Kane with banjo
request was granted when Kieran performed "Four Questions" much
to crowd's satisfaction, closely followed by Kevin's song "While
I was Loving You".
the title track to his 2002 Album "Shadows on the Ground", before
trouble struck once more.
wrestled with the baleful guitar, Kieran was reduced to telling jokes,
the one about the frog and another about potatoes.
Myself" was Kevin's next contribution with Kieran accompanying on
two more songs, "Hillbilly Blue" (Kieran) and "Jersey Devil"
(Kevin) before claiming a break to sort out the various problems with
sound and guitar.
before the break, Kieran and Kevin, played late into the night, performing
another 14 songs, plus 2 encores, before calling it quits. (see
the song list below). These included a "weird story" song
from Kevin, "Witness", OPS (other persons songs) Jesse Winchester's
"Love is Fair " (Kieran), Train to Birmingham by John Hiatt
(Kevin) and Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" (Kieran).
they played for a very generous three hours.
GUITAR behaved itself, Kevin claiming that he had given it a stern
"Come To Jesus" talking to during the break.
show was most entertaining, Kieran and Kevin, both being in fine
form. Kieran, who experienced no problems with any of his instruments,
varied between mandolin, banjo and guitar, playing them all most
skilfully though Kevin stuck doggedly to the problematic guitar,
a J200 Gibson. He had earlier explained that this guitar was not
his preferred instrument, that being his 185 which he is reluctant
to travel with owing to a propensity on the part of Airlines to
atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, with good rapport between artists
and audience. A few noisy customers were effectively silenced (or
drowned out) by the quality of the entertainment.
Welch with THE GUITAR
As it has
been some years since we have seen the two Dead Reckoners performing together
in Australia, it was wonderful to re-experience that special magic that
seems to happen at their concerts.
though they are individually, in tandem the pleasure is enhanced.
and Kevin Welch will be returning to Melbourne later this month for more
shows. Check out the Gig Guide for when
and Photos by Anne Sydenham 2004
in the Middle - KK
2. Cecil's Lament (instrumental) - KK
3. Dark Eyed Gal - KW
4. In a Town this Size - KK
5. Something 'Bout You - KW
6. Four Questions - KK
7. While I Was Loving You - KW
8. Shadows on the Ground - KK
9. Killing Myself - KW
10. Hillbilly Blue - KK
11. Jersey Devil - KW
Me - KK
2. Anna Lise Please - KW
3. Just Like That - KK
4. Flycatcher Jack and The Whippoorwill's Song - KW
5. Honeymoon Wine - KK
6. Everybody's Working for the Man Again.... - KW
7. Eight More Miles - KK
8. Witness - KW
9. Love Is Fair - KK
10. Train to Birmingham - KW
11. Ramblin' Man - KK
12. Till I'm Too Old To Die Young - KW
13. You Can't Save Everybody - KK
14. Kicking Back In Amsterdam - KW
1. When We're
Gone, Long Gone - KK
2. Life Down Here On Earth - KW
Frog Joke (as near
as I can remember)
An old man
is walking in the woods one day and he comes across a talking frog.
addresses the man saying that a kiss will turn it into a beautiful princess.
The old man
thinks about this for a while, then says, "At my age I'd prefer a
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