A review DAMC’s most recent gig:
Dundee Acoustic Music Club continue to pleasantly surprise audiences. The long anticipated Dog House Roses concert in The Newport had an addition to the bill – band members Paul Tasker and Iona MacDonald added their current touring companions, the Joseph Parsons Trio, to the bill. A second surprise was that the Dog House Roses modestly placed themselves in the opening spot.
Returning to the tour circuit following a short sabbatical the Dog House Roses showed no sign of rust. Their combination of wonderful vocals from Iona underpinned by their guitar playing and harmonies honed by 10 years and 3 albums shone in a wonderful selection of material. Paul’s guitar playing was a delight, it would be no surprise if, when asked he, would acknowledge Bert Jansch and Richard Thomson as influences on his playing. Their varied set ended all too soon and I was left wondering about the wisdom of handing top billing to the Joseph Parsons duo.
The soundscape that was created by Joseph and Freddi Lubitz via his guitar and effects board conjured sounds that evoked Ry Cooder’s Chavez Ravine / Mambo Sinuendo Albums. Freddi’s clever use of octaver and looper hinted at his bass playing credentials and created the illusion of a trio being present. Joseph Parsons’ songwriting, voice and guitar playing provided a highly polished performance. The songs themselves varied, his post hurricane Katrina anthem exposed his deep soul and concerns for his native Louisiana that reduced at least one of the audience to tears. The rockier songs would sit well in any Springsteen set the duo created a huge sound with two acoustic guitars and harmonica. His introductions and tales of New Orleans, distant cousins and uncles helped frame the songs. Great vocals and guitar were coupled with a down to earth personality that could almost disguise his impressive ability and talent.
The final surprise was that any misgivings about the running order were unfounded. Either band could top the bill and I left knowing that if asked I would be unable to pick a favourite.
Angus Wares April 2016