Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Return of Washboard

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Return of Washboard

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Byline: By Alan Nichol

Percussionists, integral though they are to most bands, are normally consigned to the periphery when it comes to publicity or acclaim.

It is, therefore, pretty rare to see a member of that fraternity playing a lead role within the group structure.

Well, a Parisian washboard virtuoso ( yes, it does sound like a contradiction in terms ( turns up at a Tyneside gig next week to prove the species is no fabled creature!

The player concerned is Gerard Bagot of the French quartet Paris Washboard and the combo are guests at the Saville Exchange, North Shields a week tonight.

Washboards were a feature of some skiffle groups in the 50s but have long had a place in the Cajun bands of Louisiana, where they have evolved into scaled-down metal bibs to allow greater dexterity and mobility.

Alongside Bagot, who plays the more familiar model, will be pianist and ex-Sidney Bechet sideman, Christian Azzi, clarinettist Alain Marquet and trombonist (and sometime classical music conductor), Daniel Barda.

The band were formed in 1987 and are reputed to be one of the best jazz units in Europe.

This show is a one-off UK appearance, so you may need to book accordingly.

Tickets are pounds 10/pounds 9 from Whitley Bay Playhouse on (0191) 252 3505.

THE Jumpin' Hot Club certainly appears to have a penchant for talented, young female trios from Canada.

Recent visits by the Be Good Tanyas and Po' Girl are followed by another highly-rated threesome when the Wailin' Jennys breeze in later this month.

The Winnipeg-based trio should not be confused in any way with the country stalwart Waylon Jennings, although I, for one, had visions of a country tribute band when I first heard their chosen name!

The ladies in question ( Cara Luft, Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody ( are actually solo artists performing mostly original material but decided to join forces after a show in Winnipeg.

Nicky already had a solo CD, Weather Vane, picking up kudos from a variety of admiring pundits which included the revered folk journal, Sing Out! …

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