Sitting on the bus en route to the Duck and Drake, we passed the Irish Centre. Huge posters advertised a Take That tribute, Beatles tribute, Michael Buble tribute, Limehouse Lizzy and A Foreigner’s Journey. The latest of these offering a Buy one, get one free seemingly. So sad that our one-time favourite venue, where we made annual pilgrimages for the likes of Wishbone Ash, Dr Feelgood and the Blues Band , is now reduced to being an outlet for these loathsome tribute acts (as is its little brother, The New Roscoe).
But only about a mile away is the Duck and Drake thankfully.
Tonight is Miss Quincy’s opener for a UK tour and is another coup for the venue. A 3-piece female outfit from Canada, difficult to categorise but who cares? They were absolutely excellent. The opening number ‘Dirty Sunday’, was marred by a dodgy mic, but it was sorted for the following ‘You don’t take nobody with you’. The sound is dominated by an effects-laden Epiphone, and we get a phenomenal piece of stand-up bass playing. Snappy drumming completes a mesmerising soundscape. ‘Going Down ‘ showed off their armoury to the full and ‘Roadside Recovery’ steals the bass line from Led Zeppelin’s ‘How many more times’. (Zeppelin can’t complain , they stole the whole song…allegedly!). The first set finished with ‘I want a little sugar in my bowl’ and we had to sadly make our way out to catch the last bus home.Real music fans should catch them while they can in the UK, satisfaction guaranteed. Plus a very ‘interesting’ line in merchandise.