It was a holiday for Australia last Wednesday to mark ANZAC day, but for the Kane, Welch & Kaplin quartet it was the last performance on their current tour, so they had to soldier on, for a few more hours at least.
The show was at New Capers, a relatively new venue on the corner of Power and Burwood roads. I had not been there before, but was pleasantly surprised by the laid-back atmosphere of the place. We all sat at tables on bentwood chairs, some, myself included, being more lucky than others, being right in front of the stage. That being so, I managed to get some reasonable photos of the boys. It was a sold out show, by the way, much to the surprise of the venue manager, who had previously not heard of them at all.
There was an astonishing array of musical instruments played by different members of the group. Kieran Kane alternated between banjo, mandolin, drum and guitar while Fats played fiddle, accordion and guitar in succession. Lucas Kane, Kieran's son contributed with tasteful subdued drums. Kevin stuck mostly to guitar.
The new songs sounded excellent, particularly Dark Boogie, a weird semi spoken story song, performed by Kevin. It reminded me of the song, Waiting for the Assassin on the Dead Reckoners 1997 disc Night of Reckoning.
It was pleasant also to hear the old songs as well, like Kieran's classic Town This Size and Four Questions, and Kevin's renditions of Queen of the Slipstream and Train to Birmingham.
The show lasted for about three hours, with a short break in the middle. The boys returned for an encore of two songs, ending with Kevin Welch's Till I'm Too Old to Die Young.
The full house audience at New Capers were treated to a remarkably fine evening of music. It was a great way to end ANZAC day, a day to commemorate the fallen in battle, but the superb entertainment provided by Kane, Welch and Kaplin was as life affirming as it comes.
Review and photos by Anne Sydenham 2007