Dove and Boweevil Band and friends, for Fine City Blues at The Murderers, Norwich 5 November 2015
Luckily the pull of the music was really strong tonight otherwise I’d have struggled with the motivation for a cycle journey in the dark with heavy drizzle and occasional fireworks, and on the tail end of a cold but I’m so glad I made it in for this special night. The most enjoyable gig since Acid Mothers Temple.
Arriving soaked through I found somewhere to stand and attempt to dry off in the already full Murderers. It became apparent that Lauren was suffering from the flu and having trouble even speaking with Bo having to be her voice between songs, so was conserving her voice as much as possible, she sounded great in soundcheck though.
There seemed a glut of technical issues before the set but they were sorted out and once Steve introduced the band the rest of the night was problem free, in fact it was one of the most enjoyable gigs of the year with the music providing all the Fireworks required. Rallying the troops to support the vocal side of things and allow Lauren a few breaks we were blessed with several appearances from friends and brilliant singers Yve Mary B of Morganway, Little Red of Mojo Preachers, Laura Calver of The Voxettes. Plus of course we had the talented and tight band featuring Boweevil on guitar, Paul Weston on drums, and Paul Williams on bass, and Andy Cooper deputising on keys – all of them on great form.
The sound was actually really good once the earlier issues were resolved and the two sets seemed to fly by with so many highlights. Lauren and Laura sounded most sweet together and Laura also sang a few numbers whilst Lauren took a bit of time out but she was sat nearby beaming away. Yve and Little Red were superb too, Yve doing an incredible Ain’t No Sunshine, and Can’t Find My Way Home. I love Little Red’s bluesy vocals and delivery too, a pleasure to watch her singing with such obvious enjoyment. She looked so confident and full of vitality.
Bo was having a blast with the wah-wah pedal and the crowd were loving it. The place was packed and apparently there were a group of lads from Belfast who chanced upon the pub, and consequently the gig, who couldn’t believe what they were seeing in Norwich on a wet Thursday night. There were another 11 gigs taking place at the same time in the city that I knew of.
The encore was just as it should be, everyone onstage together with the crowd singing along to the gospel feel of Marching on Our Feet, I think this was just the medicine needed for Lauren.
This was such a fun night that I’ll remember very fondly, the atmosphere was special and there was a lovely togetherness, a coming together of musicians and music lovers. The circumstances dictated the arrangements for the night but it’s a large part of what made it special and it was one of, if not the most enjoyable Dove and Boweevil gigs I have experienced. Many thanks and congratulations to all involved, Dave Thomas, Steve Morphew, Lauren Dove, Mark Howes, Paul Williams, Paul Weston, Andy Cooper, Yve Mary B, Little Red, and Laura Calver.
Fine City Blues has become quite established has a good name for itself, taking place every Thursday night at The Murderers.