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Aynsley goes to ‘Toon….. The Cluny, Newcastle.

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4th Dec.
What can you say; the 1st week-end of December and Aynsley at The Cluny is becoming as much a music tradition as the Lindisfarne Christmas gigs at City Hall back in the 70’s & 80’s. Certainly the atmosphere in the packed room (even on a Sunday!) is warm, friendly and this time with an air of keen antici…..pation. Last year, Aynsley & the band teased us with 2 new songs from a promised upcoming album: this year the album is out and there’s a bagful of new songs to be aired in ‘Toon.
Aynsley gets the crowd nicely warmed up with a instrumental Blues shuffle, based on a Bluesbreakers(?) before laying into Inside Out and then we get our first introduction to Eyes Wide Open in the form of Il Grande Mafioso. This song is a bit of a departure on the album, but stands out and stands well in the live format, enough reverb on the Fender that even Hank Marvin must be feeling it…. and from there onwards new was mixed with, well, slightly less new; a stroming All of Your Love, the sensitive Kalina vying with the likes of Early Morning Dew and the guitar v keyboard duel of Sugar, as well as Aynsley’s cover of Champagne & A Reefer. and mix in a couple of crackin’ bass solo’s from Steve Amadeo, then a coule more new numbers like Handful of Doubt & Stay.
Set closer was, as ever Purple Rain; if Aynsley ever had plans to drop it from the set, 2016 wasn’t the year, with Prince being one of the many notables we’ve lost in the year. Not quite getting away for an early finish one a “school-night”, the encore was a bouncing Possession.
Verdict on the new material; well, vintage stuff; it’s classic Aynsley but still fresh & interesting.
A good night to meet up with friends old & new, even Bluebell came out, good to see.

Kalina - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1LIkZFx4p0
Il Grande Mafioso (from St Helens) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDxQ8dZxoo4

     

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15th Dec, 2017

There’s no festive knitwear in sight nor a sleigh bell to be heard but Aynsley’s December visit to The Cluny is as much a part of my Christmas build-up as carollers roasting on an open fire. Not that means to imply any “Grinch” like comparisons as once these “four musketeers” let loose they spread a lot of joy and merriment.

As usual, we have the dynamic backline of Steve and Boneto in perfect synchronicity and giving great solo outbursts during Hyde. Aynsley, as ever, wielding the guitars as a master swordsman with foil, rapier & sabre, dextrous, supple and deadly. And then, a new face, a hirsute face, Lee, behind the keyboards, full and fruity - and that was just his shirt; giving riposte, remiss & passata-solo to Aynsley’s flurries, especially during Tore Down.

The vast majority of the show was balanced between Aynsley’s two most recent albums, from the opener All Your Love; Il Grande Mafioso; Other Part of Me; Home; Possession; the main exception being Purple Rain, trimmed to sit in the main set. Try as he may, I think Aynsley’s still of the mind to move on from this classic cover but sometimes you’ve got to yield to fan pressure.

As ever though, a great night of music and catching up with old friends; especially good to see Bluebell (Joy) for the first time in a while and of course, “our” Steph, who’s positively glowing.

     

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14th Dec 2018

Lift scrounged, ticket sorted, seems like ages since I’ve seen Aynsley at the Cluny, probably a year!

     
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tilerman - 12 December 2018 04:30 PM

14th Dec 2018

Lift scrounged, ticket sorted, seems like ages since I’ve seen Aynsley at the Cluny, probably a year!

Yeah; lol….. wonder what they’ve been up to in all that time….  ;p

     

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Dec 14th - Newcastle Cluny

Some people gauge the arrival of Christmas when cards and calendars appear in the shops, for others it’s when the Advent calendars appear - especially the chocolate ones….(hmm?). Other people hang on until Halloween or maybe as long even as Guy Fawkes Night before getting the trees and lights out - a good month before the High Streets. For me though, Christmas begins with Aynsley’s December Tour, especially when it swings through Newcastle towards it’s climax. Such a party atmosphere, meeting up with Forum regulars Tilerman & Bluebell as well as Newcastle crew like Michael Hurst and even Andrew & Keith Pipe from The Mentulls turned out (first time I think since they opened for Aynsley at the Cluny show back in 2015).

This year, as ever, Aynsley & the guys were on top form as they sparkled through their split set, starting with All Your Love and Inside Out and Aynsley hitting an especially funky groove during Hyde 2612. and in the 2nd half, really getting his Blues on during Tore Down.

There’s also a some special significance to this run of shows as after a 6 year stint I hear that Steve Amadeo is stepping down from Bass duties. No doubt he’ll be springing up somewhere down the road, lending someone his silken skills and expertise but his corner of the stage won’t be easy to fill for the ALB. We wish you well Steve and look forward to catching up with you down the road, soon.

PS: Aynsley,  for the sake of continuity I can put you on to two Italian bassists…..

     

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