...off to a Flying Start since Sunday 15th August 2010

...off to a Flying Start since Sunday 15th August 2010

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ragtime Frank Plays Melbourne, Slopes Gallery(19/07/14), Public Bar(20/07/14)

 I'd been hankering to see this guy play since I purchased his "Live At St Georges" LP put out by Negative Guest List last year. I don't normally gravitate towards contempory guys playing old timey "blues holler" but this guy does it with a certain abandoned conviction that has me sold.    He has a new album out on Little Big Chief Records which you can read about here...
 Ragtime Frank played two shows in Melbourne last weekend of which I recorded both; the first one was at Slopes Gallery in the trendy slumming neighbourhood of Fitzroy. The show was some kind of art school thing of which I normally don't frequent as they usually seem populated by mediocre yet fragile young socialites trying to converse their way up the (f)art ladder...One of the "performances" involved a staggered group dance of constantly collapsing props with movements which made me laugh at how bad it was! The very cheap three dollar Hollander beers helped immensely and I'm sure there's a mountainous screed of shite that backs up this stuff with wordy hieroglyphs....Here is the short ten minute set that Frank did with only a harmonica, foot, and voice. A funny event, perhaps I'm too close-minded but I prefer to watch good old fashioned rock "n" roll and think about the clever stuff later!

 The second show was the following day at a giant fisherman's basket known as the Public Bar. Quite a restrained or tired audience(myself included) so on the recording I added some swanky delay effects to the audience applause to jazz things up a bit.....Frank played his electric guitar and did a staggering version of bad man "Stagger Lee" which jumped above the stage somewhere! Both shows had the feeling of transcendance with Frank going off into some kinda blues catharthis.....Here's the show.
 I didn't edit either show into separate tracks as I felt they both work best as extended pieces. I do hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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