Arrived down at the White Bear , Rickmansworth to met the ever smiley Lizzie Evans PR Guru ,who has invited me down to photograph Skinny Lister (Daniel, Lorna, Max, Sam and Dan) who are travelling the Grand Union Canal writing , recording and performing impromptu gigs in canal side pubs .
After a quick pint and natter (the band are recording so we have to wait) we wonder over to the narrow boat and set up for a quick photo shoot ,I soon discover Skinny Lister are a young energetic band who are obviously enjoying their epic journey ,my kind of photoshoot no posing up just get instruments out and play,sing and dance whilst I snap away all very chilled . Mother nature helps out by supplying the most vivid full rainbow I have seen in years .
The Photoshoot lasts about an hour before we all make our way along the towpath and back to the pub where the landlord has laid on free food for us all and the locals (who dash to the food before we are out of our seats obviously a good sign) Chilli chips roast potatoes and bread is eagerly consumed before the travelling troupe take to the floor and start their show.
No amps , monitors,cables or sound-checks in sight not even a set list the band are straight into their impromptu style gig of sea shanty, uplifting folk music and soon have several locals joining Lorna jigging and clapping along , takes me back nearly 40 years to St Marks Junior School , Black Daps and country dancing on a friday afternoon how can you not enjoy this? Even I Mr I can’t dance (did Mr Colin’s write that tune about me?) find myself foot-tapping and camera shaking a very rare sight indeed.
Skinny Lister’s music is highly infectious and to nick a phrase from their website “equal parts traditional folk and ramshackle pop, rip roaring and rum totingly excitement” would be best way to sum them up a sure-fire festival crowd pleaser who can only go from strength to strength (presuming they do not crash their narrow boat (again)) and I look forward to catching them again soon (Wednesday)
If you have a few hours to kill Wednesday evening head down to the Camden Lock Tavern where after a short intro and poem from Howard Marks the band will be performing another fun-filled show (oh yes , free rum and a cd in a hand made case ) You will find me at the front enjoying the show and trying to keep still long enough to take a few pics
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