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Review: The Jaywalkers @ Lichfield Guildhall

Well-regarded bluegrass trio the Jaywalkers returned to play their award-winning brand of music when they played at Lichfield Guildhall.

The Jaywalkers

The Jaywalkers

The trio of mandolinist/guitarist Michael Givernin, Jay Bradbury on fiddle, guitars and vocals, and double bassist Lucy Williams, played an action packed set of instrumentals, songs and their own arrangements of well known songs. With one foot in the blues and folk tradition, paired with musical inventiveness they blended musical technique with accessible tunes to provide a concert of attractive music.

Their music ranged from opener The Big Scotia, to the freewheeling instrumental The Road to Columbus. The darker side of Bluegrass and appalachian music was revealed in the narrative song Caleb Miller.

Michael Givernin was allowed to show his flawless Mandolin technique during the aptly titled Brilliant, while the traditional song Wayfaring Stranger was a showcase for the trio’s three-part harmony vocal sound.

The second half of the concert contained as much variety, ranging from the bluesy swagger of Jealous to a swinging version of Cumberland Gap, and the two minor chord sound scapes of The Moonshiner and Jack Go Sell The Fiddle about a family hitting hard financial times.

They played a newer song from the bluegrass canon, with Chris Thile’s Sleep With One Eye Open providing some foot-tapping light relief.

Set closer Dark Eyes was a brooding, Russian sounding piece, allowing for a detailed and flawlessly executed Mandolin part and some fine support from the rest of the trio.

An encore of the well-known Sitting On Top Of The World provided a fine ending to this concert.

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