Cramlington Folk Club – Gig Review 2006
Diesel Therapy @ Cramlington Folk Club 16/5/2006
… I can only describe the guests as ‘The A Team’: Jim ‘Hannibal’ Hornsby on guitar and Dobro, Danny ‘The Face’ Holmes on guitar, Sean ‘Howlin’ MadMurdoch’ Taylor on bass and Eric ‘B.A. Baracus’ Green on drums. You may know them better as Diesel Therapy. If you don’t I’d recommend you get to know them ASAP.
Appropriately enough they started their first set with the instrumental ‘Starting Tonight’ followed by ‘Listen To The Wind’ a great song with a country swing tempo. Next up was ‘Freight Train and The Talkin Blues’ followed by a western swing tune ‘Losing My Rag’. After the song ‘Don’t Wake Me’, which had a wonderful Mark Knopfler feel, Jim changed to the square neck Dobro and we were treated to ‘Crossing Loch Derg’, a tune with a beautiful traditional feel. The tempo was raised again with the fantastic bluegrass song ‘Dixie Hoedown’ (YeeHa!) and ‘The Ballad Of Billy McGregor’. The first set ended with a magical rendition of Merle Travis’
‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’ (which is where most guitarists like me will only ever be seen playing like that)…
Diesel Therapy opened their second set with the Slade Cleaves song “My Drinking Days Are Over” which got the audience singing. Then a real treat – Doc Watson’s ‘Beaumont Rag’ with fantastic guitar harmonies. Then one of their own compositions, ‘Helping Hand’ including – horror of horrors – a mistake! I’m sure Danny Holmes played an F# instead of a G in one of the guitar licks. It seems that nobody’s perfect. The dobro came out again for a beautiful rendition of ‘Waters of Tyne’ and the fine instrumental ‘Cast In Stone’. Then it was back to twin acoustics for the fantastic ‘Keeping It Real’ and a blistering finale – ‘The Huckleberry Hornpipe’. An encore was inevitable and we were treated to a new composition ‘Way To Go’.
What is there to say? Some people have talent in spades, these guys are aces. A great choice of songs and tunes, consummate guitar playing featuring, at times, blistering guitar harmonies, an understated rhythm section keeping it all going. These guys are at the top of their game; perfectionists playing to perfection. I think the real Colonel Hannibal Smith would agree; another plan has come together.