REVIEW: Roving Crows - Garboldisham Village Hall

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The tentacles of the Corn Hall on Tour stretched as far as Garboldisham last Saturday, with the Village Hall playing host to the Roving Crows.

The line-up has changed since they played in Diss last summer, but the music is as eclectic as ever.

Playing alongside founder members Paul O’Neill and Caitlain Barret was new percussionist Tim Downes-Hall, his heavy use of the congas a perfect complement to the fretless bass of Loz Shaw.

The absence of Wilson-Copp’s horn took some getting used to, but newer songs like Burn Me Naked, exploited this new, leaner sound.

Add a judicious choice of covers – if I wondered what the Penguin Café Orchestra would sound like with a fretless bass and congas, I wonder no more – and we had all the ingredients for a night of fine rock/folk/funk fusion.

Garboldisham Village Hall is a little gem of a venue. As the winter nights draw in, the Corn Hall absence will be increasingly felt – it’s no small compensation that the On Tour project is attracting new music and audiences, to venues in surrounding villages.

DAVID VASS