Thursday, 20 March 2014


Live Review

Newhampton Folk Club, Wolverhampton

Jim Causley really struggled

Cometh the hour, cometh the Dan.

Wolverhampton singer and guitarist Daniel Kirk saved the night for the Newhampton Folk Club, when Devon musician Jim Causley had to give in to a cold he thought he had shaken off.
The accordion player, from Whimple, tried his best to do his set but his voice just wasn't up to it and, apologising profusely, he had to call it a night after attempting a few songs.
It was a shame because underneath his viral attack there was a melodic voice which was well worth listening to.
Causley struggled with opener Polly Vaughan, then Old UncleWhiteway, a song about cider making, and even pushed his luck with an unaccompanied Honiton Lace but by the time he got to In The Sidings, which was lamenting the loss of railway lines during the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, he had to concede and called it a night.
Daniel Kirk saved the night
So support act Kirk, who had already being been warmly received by the audience in the upper room of the Newhampton Inn, Whitmore Reans, stepped into the breach and finished the night.
There were however, no complaints as Kirk is building a reputation on professionalism, talent and a damn fine voice.
With songs such as Alabama Pines, 3am, House Carpenter and Riding To New York he made sure everyone got their money's worth.
At this stage in his career he is mostly a support act but he is already above that and once he gets to writing more of his own material, because his repertoire seems to be the only thing limiting him at the moment, there will be no stopping this young and talented singer from the Black Country.

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