A night of Holy Joy @ The Buffalo Bar

November 22nd, 2009

“They’re in the basement!…”

Country Dirt  had what I’d recall as our 1st London gig – ie proper audience of chinstrokers’ anonymous.  Great set, great night out – dark & rainy as it was.  Gavin Martin shined his countenance upon us, and we were truly blessed on a night of Holy Joy underground at The Buffalo Bar.

“What a night with excellent live music from Jamie Jamieson (12 Dirty Bullets)  doing an acoustic set and Country Dirt fronted by the sensational Marianne Hyatt (I am biased but thats what other people said too!).”


He also had us jumpin round the joint, with diy shakers, to his fab punk-n-soul revival set, and again I had to be edumucated bout my home state all the way across the pond and how many years later?  By way of walk-on music to Country Dirt’s performance, Gavin introduced the crowd to a track by a li’l ol band from San Antonio, Texas called the Sir Douglas Quintet, with a tune entitled “She’s About a Mover”.  Never heard of em before last night, now I just gotta have mo.  Fellow DJ Dele Fadele spun out some amazing Moroccan grooves, Slavonic line dance choons, hell even Siouxie Sioux was on the menu – I mean whaddaya got, Mr?  Our hosts Johny & Inga from the mighty Band of Holy Joy gave us a set of  beautiful obscurity in nearly every genre – love it when I can’t figure out why the music moves me, quite literally – where I don’t recognise a song but it immediately resonates and I gotta throw shapes?  However, I could pick out a few sophisticated classics when they played “Je T’aime” and Nina Simone’s “I Think it’s Gonna Rain Today”.  Just …. swooney!

But that was just the launch.  It’ll be on a monthly loop.  Y’all come back now ya here?

The Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper St  N1 (1st thang you see exitin Highbury & Islington tube, right beneath  Famous Cock)

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