Remember fun? Of course you do: it never went away, and that’s why you can wander into a great bar like Cobblestone Joe’s and stumble across a bunch of talented motherfuckers like Jukebox Gypsy.
I don’t know what to call them. An acid-folk, skiffle-driven Dutch-Irish-Newcastle close-harmony fusion combo fronted by the young Jack Nicholson reincarnated as a Geordie. Lindisfarne meets meets Easy Rider, complete with tiny bald patch for added authenticity.
I don’t know what these guys are, but I can tell you, they do fun with a capital N.
They’re tight as fuck, I remarked to the Coolest Man in Ireland, who happened to be standing beside me, and no mean bass player himself.
Tight? he replied. Only beaten by a point. He says that kind of thing. He’s a bass player.
Tight isn’t the word for it. These guys hit every bang right on the button. Their harmonies are closer than a priest chasing an altar-boy but less sweaty, and they have the power to make a place jump. Make no mistake, my friends. This could be the wedding band of the 21st century as long as they only play at the weddings of demented, drug-addled drunkards but that’s fine. No shortage of clients there.
They do their own stuff. They do covers. They even put up with ill-mannered drunks talking loudly while they play beautiful quiet songs, thus proving what a bunch of decent lads they are. It surprised me, I must confess, given the presence of two Geordies in the band. I think it’s fair to say that the people of north-eastern England are not noted for putting up with shit. The Dutch guy, maybe not so much. While the Geordies are beating the shit out of talking audience members, he’ll be starting a commune, while the Irish guy will run a symposium on the holistic, vegan management of dreadlocks.
I couldn’t record any of their gig tonight since I didn’t have a real camera with me, so I’ll have to rely on other people’s videos.
Here’s a clip from a gig at the Long Dog in Kilkee. Have a listen.
Let me repeat: these guys are great fun, with a capital U. Next time you see a poster for them, just go. You won’t regret it.
And here’s another one. From Cavan.