HISTORY is littered with supergroup failures - attempts at putting together a bunch of talented musicians which don’t produce the wonderful outcome you’d expect.
But when it does work, something spellbinding can happen and we got our own taste of that at Stratford Folk Club’s latest concert night when The Jigantics topped the bill and played a remarkable set.
With a line-up which can generate the kind of rock family tree that used to be turned into a tv show, The Jigantics have fused the disparate talents of its members to leap between styles almost at will - but always with a touch of class. And just as they varied the styles, so they switched between instruments and vocals with no let-up in the impact.
A large part of the set was taken up by the tracks from debut album Daisy Roots, which is a fine statement of their genre-hopping approach. There’s foot-tapping feelgood, then totally convincing tearjerkers, both on record and played live.
So there’s the infectiously upbeat Bad Liver and a Broken Heart, which sounds like Shania Twain and a bunch of line dancers gone bad, the very different but equally catchy Swimming Song and the quite hypnotic non-album Curve of My Back, telling the story of a mandolin and surely a ‘shoe-in’ for the next album.
The musicianship was as good as you’d expect and the vocals consistently excellent, none more so than Mark Cole’s lead on The Save and the standout moment of the show, our very own Marion Fleetwood’s take on The Valley.
A big shout too for support band We Died at Sea, from Leeds but with a couple of ex-Stratford College students in their ranks. A delightfully retro 1920s and 1930s set mixing up jazz, ragtime and more.
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