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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:52 pm    Post subject: Bristol (With Review) Reply with quote

Anyone else see him there? It was a fantastic gig, great to see the man with anelectric guitar again, playing some awesome solos.

Francis Dunnery/The Kayas
Bristol Fleece & Firkin 25th October 2007

It's becoming a regular thing, seeing Dunnery at The Fleece, a venue that suits his acoustic ramblings down to the ground. The thing is, this time he's brought a full band for the first time in years, and the level of anticipation is high. In a move that is becoming increasingly popular amongst bands, he is revisiting his original solo album “Welcome To The Wild Country”, promising to play it in full. Sounds pretty cool.

Fisrt, however, we are invited to take a gander at The Kayas, a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds from Oswestry that warm up the crowd with some decidedly modern and loud music. Their opener is a fast punky song that must leave some old prog fans wondering if they turned up on the wrong night. The rest of their set settles into a pretty good mixture of The Arctic Monkeys and The Kaiser Chiefs, with several songs that mark them down as a promising prospect, especially “Smoking Ban”, a newie not on their debut album. Sure, they need a bit of work on their stage presentation, and the set was about 10 minutes too long, but The Kayas are worth watching.

By the time Francis Dunnery and his unnamed band take the stage there's a bigger crowd than I've previously seen for him. He opens with the solid rock of “Welcome To The Wild Country”, a song originally intended for It Bites that remains one of his most infectious hard rock tracks. The extended mid section allows Dunnery to widdle away to his hearts content, setting the tome for the evening. He says hello to the crowd, and as usual his easy going nature makes everything seem that bit more relaxed. Throughout the performance it is obvious that he revels in playing with a band, seeming to enjoy himself that bit more than when it's just him and an acoustic guitar. He delights in the freedom to fart about with his guitar, regularly trading licks with the keyboard player in some incredible displays. All eleven tracks from the album are trotted out, most notably the excellent “Heartache Reborn”, complete with it's original tacky lyric 'As long as I can play some rock and roll, YEAH!'. The band are all totally comfortable, with only backing vocalist Dorie Jackson looking a bit lost sometimes as the thundering music drowns her out. It Bites fans are catered for with a slowed down but effective version of “Underneath Your Pillow” and a full on “Midnight”, but due to time constraints we don't get to her the new song “Feels Like Summertime”. I told you The Kayas went on too long...
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