Monday, May 11, 2009
Rock and Blues from Australia - Jeff Lang
Rose's West End Bar, Saturday 16th May at 9.00 pm
A guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jeff has built up a reputation for startlingly original performances, working without a set list, allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs.
"Seeing Jeff Lang was like being at church for three hours - a totally sacred event. He's the man as far as I'm concerned." John Butler
"Lang’s music is as fiercely original as it is moving ." Guitar Player Magazine
"Lang is really the godfather of an Australia-based back-to-basics blues movement that now encompasses the John Butler Trio, Ash Grunwald and Xavier Rudd." Bruce Elder Sydney Morning Herald
Here is a review of the gig and some photos, above, from Dave:
‘Murderous Folk’ On The Loose in Lismore
Jeff Lang unleashed his firebrand folk blues at the West End Bar Lismore on 16th May, one of 14 dates on a brief UK/Ireland tour.
Aussie Lang strapped on his acoustic guitar and opened the first set airing some brand new songs, which showed us he still the master of deafening silence, subtlety, tension & violence; before switching to lap steel for the majority of the gig. Ably accompanied by long time bass cohort Grant Cummerford, the crowd were regaled with tunes from his recent recording ‘Half Seas Over’; which is chock-a-block with gritty, gothic tales of greed, ghostlyness and smalltown skullduggery, also a song inspired by Mooncoin!
After the break the ARIA 2006 award winner continued to trawl into his extensive body of works (20 odd solo albums) and when, during finale ‘London’ they launched into an extended piece of fretwork floridity I half expected to see the landlady charge the stage with a fire extinguisher such was the intensity of the playing.
The standing ovation encouraged the acoustic dynamic duo to a couple of encores which sadly wrapped up their two hour set.
Support on the night was talented troubadour from Lismore Mark O’Reilly, who played five acoustic original songs with panache, one to watch for the future.