Reviews 2008

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Pete Brown 11 January 2008
Stoolpigeon - what a night! Shades of Cosmotheka plus Jake Thackray. You had to keep your ear on the lyrics to keep up. Bob Gessey on guitar and vocals and John Charnock on bass and occasional vocals are a class act. 

We’d seen them before in a cameo spot but couldn’t have imagined the powerful driving comedy they kept up all night. The beauty was that it is all original material, some of it so new that Bob had to refer to his prompting sheet now and then.

Their evening started with the Dentist Song, chorus ‘We’re not going to hurt each other are we?” If I tell you that their act is based on music hall songs and humorous seaside postcards with not too much left to interpretation you will understand that the innuendoes were pretty easy! We were treated to most of the songs from their CD ‘Postcards on the Edge!’ 

My special favourites are ‘Able Seaman Moody’ who falls in love with an ostrich on a desert island and ‘Getting in touch with my feminine side’, about a man who ends up with the house, the car and everything else.

Other songs that need special mention are ‘The Brumigen Spaceman’, ‘How do you get a laugh out of mathematics’, ‘the Cumberland Sausage’ and not forgetting the catchy ‘Dingle, dangle flu’. 

Suddenly they were on their last song, (was it that time already?) ‘Granddad died with a smile on his face’. They couldn’t close the coffin lid. But luckily we got an encore complete with audience participation, we ended up milking cows! To appreciate their talent you will have to see them. I’m sure they will be back.