Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet live 2.6.6.
At St James Church Piccadilly London.
With Bex Marshall.
It’s always a thrill to go to gigs somewhere as
special as a Wren church that both William Blake
and William Burroughs spent time in and this
show certainly lived up to the surroundings.
I had said hi to Bex Marshalls Husband Barry
Everitt on the way in as he was promoting this
show and took my pew about 4 rows from the front
and with a good view of the church and the
stage. Bex came on and wowed us all with some
very deft blues guitar and singing in a not too
weather beaten Janis Joplin style voice, she was
way better than the last time I saw her play and
both her playing and singing are now really
strong and she has a cool song about her husband
Barry along with a good few about friends who
have died or got into trouble etc. I think I
need to find her album now.
Then on came Alejandro Escovedo with his string
Quintet that had a two cellos two acoustic
guitars and Violin line up for a very cool set
of his songs and some well-chosen covers that
only made me want to actually have a few of his
records. Still he gave us some good songs about
El Paso and Mexico and also about his mother and
father, but the real highlight of the night was
a brilliant version of I wanna Be your Dog with
a twin cello solo that was incredible, and so
cool to hear that song in a church.
For the encores Alejandro gave us one song
completely acoustic with the band all standing
in the central Aisle and allowing the churches
acoustics to do the rest it was wondrous only to
be topped by an incredible closing version of
Mott the Hoople’s I Wish I Was Your Mother to
end a wonderful show in an incredible venue.
I would have bought Alejandro’s new John Cale
produced album only they sold out before I got
to the stall. Still I will have to search it
out… Now if we could only get him back with
his electric band as well as the Quintet.
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