A change is as good as a rest they say. And the proof of that will be seen at The Roaring Donkey’s Wednesday music sessions from now on. The tired old hack who used to book the acts has handed over the session to stalwart of the local acoustic scene, Jamie R Hawkins, which will mean a fresh set of ears and eyes looking at the potential bookings. But also in an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kind of way some of the regular bookings from the previous incumbent’s little black book will still be found doing the rounds here. So, the best of both worlds, old and new, means that there is no better time to get behind this vital, original, mid-week session than as of right now.
Leon Daye, who plays tonight has appeared here a number of times already and his re-booking obviously says a lot about what he brings to the musical table. Navigating a path that meanders through territories crossed by the likes of Del Amitri, Squeeze and especially on mellower tracks such as The Perfect Girl even James Taylor, Leon proves himself to be an astute writer of songs that are uncomplicated, observant, musically succinct and above all memorable.
That doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend an evening does it?