Thursday, 27 May 2010

Vernon and Lee's great night out at Thomas Tosh

David Vernon (he's on the left) and Dick Lee (right) played a great gig last night (Wednesday 26th May) at Thomas Tosh in the Old Parish Hall, Thornhill, as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2010.

The accordion player and clarinettist promised to take the audience on a world tour of musical styles and they didn't disappoint.

They have a mass of experience and musical influences. From Jewish to French, Scottish Reels to Tango, with familiar tunes such as the theme from The Godfather thrown in for good measure.

The duo managed to make the old parish hall feel like there was a whole band playing rather than just two people. And they won the audience over completely.

They got us participating in the proper Scandinavian manner during their Norwegian set. "Just think that you are sitting in the pub and someone has just walked off with your pint. What would you say?"questioned Vernon. That got the right Nordic intensity of "Oy!" coming from the audience for one tune.

David Vernon hails from Dumfries. He says that the duo's aim is to get everyone leaving a gig with a smile on their face. That they did in spades. A great night for music and the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2010.

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