I first saw Babajack at Bromsgrove Folk Club and what an impact they made!
Their music brings together tribal rhythms, slide guitar, harmonica, and excellent vocals by the whole band. At the Woodman we were treated to more of the same and with encouragement by them some additional percussion from the audience. The entire night was pure indulgence with everyone enjoying themselves.
Among the gems they played were; ‘Standing on the Corner‘, Joshua Tree’, Blind Willie Johnson’s – ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Fault’, ‘What you gonna do when your Daddy’s gone’. And that was just the first half.
After the interval it was back to the wonderful rhythms, more brilliant slide and harmonica work by Trev, backed with exacting violin by Sue and the superb 5 string bass playing of Ezer. The whole set vocalized by Bec who was all action with the African drum and footboard. It’s difficult to single out my favourite song – they were all good. The Allotment; ‘looking down a deep dark hole there’s something crawling across my soul’. With lyrics like that you get really involved in the music.
All too soon it was the last number but not before an encore of Leadbelly’s, ‘Black Betty Bambalam’. As Ian said in his closing remarks ‘They will be back!’