Review: Cemlyn Jones at the Black Horse by Les Gillam 9/10
FOLLOWING the critically acclaimed debut CD All These Dreams which was my favourite release of 2011, Jim Cemlyn Jones embarked on a mini-tour to "try out" some of the new material for his eagerly anticipated follow up album.
Flanked by Piers McBride on guitar and Dave Oliver (Mr Magnifico) on percussion and drums, there was an informal "un-plugged" feel to the evening which complemented the rural surroundings.
Kicking off with Love The Feeling which has a real Santana flavour to it, followed by Skateboard Park it soon became apparent that Jim is influenced by everyone and everything he comes into contact with and this is further illustrated in the gorgeous Nevada Sky. Plenty of new songs were thrown into the mix like Here I Stand which could easily be an anthem for the Commonwealth Games if the right people got to hear it, Swings And Roundabouts and Just Drifting, which was a cracking song.
Back to the album and the beautifully romantic Suddenly had the room spellbound, while the wonderfully upbeat Blind Leading The Blind had the place jumping.
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Lord Kitchener came in for some stick in the poignant These Green Fields, which referred to the Battle of the Somme where 20,000 men were killed on July 1, 1916. Not at all like the McCartney Pipes Of Peace effort, These Green Fields is a genuinely thought-provoking and moving song with a real message.
Cemlyn Jones' songs all seem to have that certain something whereby each one has a memorable lyric or phrase, none more so than Finlay DJ which has the great line "she stops the traffic but makes my world go round". This really was a smashing gig, with lots of charm, plenty of fun, great music and talented performers.