[Nagnagnag] kirk at 93 feet east
jean_marclawtonll at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 1 17:35:24 EST 2003
Nice turn out last night, especially with the weather being so bad.
'Pram' were on first in the main hall and very a nice brass and guitar based
sound they made too.
Kirk was on in the main bar, playing from the gantry. He's cut his hair
recently and now sports a mini ponytail alongside his customary army
camourflage jacket. And a very unshaven Richard it was too and in a relaxed
and happy mood.
He went on at just past midnight, but then he's always punctual and in true
jazz maestro style played with his back to us, which was quite apt as his
earliest offering was a be-bop jazz / big band number. He played a very
eclectic set, a lot like the recent XFM radio show but longer, two hours
long indeed. A very diverse mix of tunes, interplayed with the trademark
Kirkian swoops and swirls of sonic abuse and sledgehammer beats.
Lots of funk, 80's electro, Stax style R n'B, some delightful Northern Soul
tunes for us old Wigan Casino devotees (Purple Haze for one; NOT the Hendrix
version!) The Velvet Underground's 'Vicious' the original version of 'No
Escape' A Fire Engine's track and lots and lots of hip wiggling Cuban style
trumpet led grooves.
I was surprised by how much the audience was up for it really; cos he never
let the style stagnate and constantly chopped and changed, challenging
everyone's ears as well as their dancing styles.
Overall, it was like being in Richard's living room for a party with
Mr.Kirk, oblivious to his audience, spinning his fave tunes for his own
delight. A relaxed, downtempo and pleasureable evening, the type that
recharges the batteries without leaving you with a next morning hangover,
ringing ears and aching muscles.
Walked out to be confronted by a most pleasant gentle snow fall, which kind
of ended the evening off just nicely.
Greetings to Richard Sedley who was in residence at the bar, unlike Pat who
never turned up to drink her pint. Its probably still on the table now.
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