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Thurs 3rd March 2022 @ The Globe

Peter Bruntnell + support (John Wilkins)

At the relatively new, small venue The Globe (which is great for acoustic shows) , we had Jumpin Hot Club’s first gig of the year with the ever reliable & very talented Peter Bruntnell  supported able’y by local songster John Wilkins . Mel & Sid were at the door to welcome us back & it really didn’t seem 5 mins since we had regular J’Hot gigs. Peter played tracks from a host of his many albums including his latest , “Journey In The Sun”. The excellent title track was inspired by politicians, who may have grandiose plans of using public money to travel to another star .  Lockdown certainly influenced some tracks tonight, mainly from his latest album,  while other influence’s ranged from religious cults  “Broken Way ” and the charming line ” I’m going to change my name and start again ” to a tune from his all time great Lp Normal For Bridgewater.  “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” is a tip top Americana song inspired by the idea of freezing dead bodies , to be thawed in the future !!! Apparently this happens in Phoenix and its claim to fame is that it has the head of Walt Disney already there .Yes, not many singer songwriter’s can match our Peter. He’s not afraid to venture into prog rock territory either with his electric mandolin and even to use samples , such a creative electric musician.

In support we had Wearside’s finest John Wilkins playing a 30 min set , including tracks from a works in progress that  ” King of the Past ” and “Smoking Mirror ,” were the stand outs. John wears his blues ragtime influences well with a touch of Americana too and for me “Bygones of Pasty Town ” hit the perfect spot with the lovely line ”  I was a useful contender, past his sell by date “. It had humour with sharp lyrics & he was a great support to a brilliant night of music .

Juan Fitzgerald -pics/review