Reviews 2019

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Clive Gregson

Les Jones 7 June 2019

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It is always a pleasure to have Clive at the club, this being his seventh time since 2002.

The evening started with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for Paul Bedingfield who was (Redacted) years old on that day.

Nothing to Prove began the support slots with three songs; Wonder What I’m Going To Do; Cradley Heath Is Home To Me and Folk Festival Virgin. Here I must express a little concern, that despite having written the last song and sung it more times than I care to mention, Derry had some – no more than some - a lot of trouble remembering the first line of the first verse. There was some compensation however, in that we got too hear the chorus which starts the song at least three times. Velvet Green ever the professionals didn’t forget anything – which is only to be expected. One of Paul’s latest songs One More Summer, a nod to the recent D-Day commemorations, was followed by a lovely Nell Bryden song Goodbye.

There is a real pleasure in writing these reviews if for no other reason than I have to recall the evening to do it. I also have to admit to liking good guitarists. Clive fully qualifies and some. More than this though, he writes amazing songs and sings them so well. An amazingly powerful voice which meant him standing back from the microphone.

The first half went very quickly it was so good – 9 songs all new – which are intended for his next cd. He apologised for “practicing them” on us. Believe me it was a privilege. Watch out in particular for Brand New Me; The Darwin Shuffle Living The Dream and what I felt was a Bert Janschesque song, All Of You.

The break was brought to a halt as usual by two self-written songs from Bryn; Dead man Ride and the old favourite Silver and Gold.

Nine more songs from Clive in the second half, Another Summer of Love; As Evening Shadows Fall; The Bird Falls From The Twig; The Rhythm of Life to name but a few. These was much applause at the end and an encore. He gave us the choice of a John Martyn song or a Stephen Stills song. We chose to have both.

There was a certain disappointment that as far as I can see all the songs played on the night were new or newish and we didn’t get chance to hear any of his good old favourites. Still it must be said that to play a whole evening without playing from his back catalogue shows what a prolific writer he is.

Clive has said that he will stop touring at the end of 2020 which is a great shame but I can confirm as a scoop here and now that he has been booked to return to the club before he finishes.