most 1st & 5th Tues., and most 2nd & 4th Weds., each month
at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, SOUTHAMPTON SO14 6SF
Occasionally, elsewhere in the city
5 Feb 2019
Since FOCSLE Music resurfaced with the new team, this was BRIAN HOOPER’s first full gig on ‘home turf’, launching its new first & fifth Tuesday ‘strand’. Brian has been instrumental – and vocal [geddit???] – in keeping FOCSLE Music* going for some 45 years of its long existence.
Musically, he encompasses a vast range, singing solo, and (mainly) accompanying himself on guitar, with mandolin, ukulele, mandola and bouzouki as possible alternatives [he rarely brings all five: while a polished showman, he’s not showy]. His tastes, while rooted in Trad. and folk-revival soil, are hugely eclectic and, in the last 15 years, his set-lists have boasted an impressive range of his own varied, sophisticated self-written material, to boot. This purple patch covers much small-p political observation; convincing contemporary re-visitings to traditional songs; surreal (and other) humour; historical reconstruction, etc.
…but back to Brian’s gig: a master of getting audiences to participate (both by joining in – he includes plenty of chorus songs – and with his engaging presentation, which rewards some concentration for his humorous asides), he delivers his music with an infectious joie de vivre and bonhomie (and can do a pretty authentic French accent, if he wanted to pronounce those terms!)
Support provided by John Knowler, making a welcome return after a long absence, and FOCSLE Music stalwart Rosie Marshall.
* in its former guise as The Fo’c’sle Folk Club
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