December 3, 2015
The 100 Club
“We rocked a little bit too hard there!”
Anyone expecting a sedate solo artist was in for a shock as Fred Abbott took to the stage. Former Noah and The Whale multi-instrumentalist Fred was joined by four other accomplished musicians, blending a hint of Dire Straits with a splash of Southern rock. A driving beat and extended solos were the order of the day; so exuberant that Fred’s glasses flew off. They were returned to their rightful owner without missing a beat.
The number of musicians was also surprising when Danny and The Champions of the World arrived; this time because there were *only* six of them. True to form, another three were standing by to round out a rocking, soulful Americana performance by, and for, friends. The sold-out crowd were treated to the return of Robin Bennett, a former ‘Champ’ who is now on the rise in The Dreaming Spires. Another guest highlight was a delicately powerful performance by Siobhan Parr.
No matter the line-up, the talent and charm of this band endures; the way they engage with the audience and each other is a joy to see. Set highlights included (Never Stop Building) That Old Space Rocket, Stay True and an all-too short cut of Springsteen’s Thunder Road.
Check Flickr or more photos of the show.