Review: Joe Brown Weston Playhouse 10/10
JOE began by introducing his band of Phil Capaldi (drums) Mike Nicholls (bass) Ben Lee (guitar) and his son Pete Brown, who not only produced Joe's latest Ukulele album, but also plays guitar and mandolin on the tour.
Informally, with Joe furthest back, generously allowing the others their time in the spotlight, the band played their way through a mixture of old and new songs, with some way-out Ukulele stuff thrown in.
The Cook/Greenaway hit You've Got Your Troubles was an early highlight, featuring Pete on the steel guitar, and the first half carried on with songs like Mr Blue Sky, Return To Sender and Lay Down Sally.
There's a lovely song on the album called Tickle My Heart, which Joe wrote with Bristolian Roger Cook. Thankfully, Joe chose to play it and it was gorgeous.
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A cracking song from Hawaii called Hula Girl had everyone smiling and the first half ended with one of Joe's hits from the Sixties, That's What Love Will Do.
Part two had the band up on their feet, in a more traditional rock group setting. More of Joe's hits followed, like I'm 'Enry The Eighth I Am, Sea Of Heartbreak and Picture Of You, which everyone had come to hear.
George Harrison's Any Road was an emotional addition to the set (George was best man at Joe's wedding) and Motorhead's Ace Of Spades played on the ukulele in a rockabilly style was brilliant.
Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and soon it was time to go, but not before You Ain't Too Old To Rock & Roll, written by Joe and Pete.
There just had to be an encore and it could only be the wonderful old song I'll See You In My Dreams, which Joe sung as the closing number at the Royal Albert Hall memorial concert for George Harrison.
There was hardly a dry eye in the house. Thanks Joe!