Woodford Folk Festival – December 30th 2010 – Live Review [P2]

Review: Kenada Quinlan

[Photo Credit: Silvana Macarone]
  Following the licensed streets, the once closed Amphitheatre is showing tonight and as the clock strikes 8pm, Evil Eddie is on schedule. Interaction with the 10 row deep bouncing spectators is initiated with the first instalment of ‘Somebody Say Evil’. “That was a little self-indulgent but thank you!” smiles the lead man and ex-Buttefingers vocalist/songwriter Eddie Jacobson. Taking a back seat yet pivotal to the performance, Jacobson enjoys the company of his fellow comrade Toddy Spitfire as the two slickly pinball lyrics from one song to the next.

Charging through ‘Aint Love Grand’ and the addictive ‘Voices In My Head’, the vision becomes clear as the studio sounds are brought to life via a strong family of well equipped and known Brisbane musicians.With the crowd multiplying by the second, the festivities continue and the only exit from this show is to refresh yourself with the energy that has been freely given to you.

La Viola Vixen takes centre stage tonight in a fifteen minute trip back to turn of the century burlesque. In spectacular peacock attire, the grand feathers and showgirl make-up artistry are striking. Showing a little more than pure class, La Viola captivates the audience and eloquently entertains.

From -20 degrees Celsius to the amphitheatre in the aftermath of a scorching day, Norwegians Katzenjammer bring their live show to the accumulating masses. Costumes, custom instruments and an impressive splicing of rockabilly punk and anthemic 80s choruses drive the public to their feet. With mammoth tracks including ‘A Bar In Amsterdam’, these stunning, dramatic artists mercilessly enthral-using every second to their advantage. Disappointingly leaving as quickly as they descended, the Nordic vixens make way for The Whitetop Mountaineers. The duo of Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham are embarrassingly misplaced between bands. The soft up-tempo old time fiddle and bluegrass feel take the established energy to a more subdued level. Highly regarded in their native Virginia, on this stage, at this time their musical direction falls short and screams for a more suitable setting.

Blue King Brown with a larger entourage than previously heard, they bring back the celebrations in true form. Flying their own flag of values, small but mighty vocalist Natalie Paapaa and her brothers and sisters in arms, once again push the boundaries of politics and music. Speaking in support of freeing Tibet while generating a strong following in sound, these urban roots warriors show no signs of slowing down as they claim the densely crowded amphitheatre as their own.

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[Photo Credit: Silvana Macarone]