REVIEW: ColvinQuarmby at Farnsfield Village Centre

FOLK-ROCKERS ColvinQuarmby showed themselves to be supreme optimists at their gig on 10th November, with their version of One More Week – a plea for summer to go on just a little longer.

The song is typical of their music, rocky and upbeat, and it was delivered with the musical expertise that has become the band’s hallmark.

They are a Midlands based five-piece, with the usual guitar line-up, plus the superb violin of Marion Fleetwood and the equally brilliant guitar of Allen Masden.

The band is led by Gerry Colvin, whose manic little-boy antics bring both humour and pathos to the performance. This was amply demonstrated by their soulful versions of The Men In The Grey Flannel Suits, an offering on the subject of the City of London, and House Of The Setting Sun, a scathing critique of the Government’s care in the community policy.

They were promoting their latest album, CQV, and they set their audience alight with their anti-war song After Journey’s End.

It wasn’t mawkish, fiercely analytical, or too clever, simply the tale of a soldier summarily shot for cowardice in the first world war and a plea for the phrase ‘never again’ to mean something; ideal for the evening before Remembrance Sunday.

ColvinQuarmby are firm festival favourites, at the top of the UK folk and acoustic scene, and they were playing the gig as the last one of the year from Farnsfield Acoustic, a non-profit making organisation set up to bring high quality performers to Sherwood Forest.

Farnsfield’s next show will be an appearance by St Agnes’ Fountain at Thoresby Riding Stables. The bad news is – it sold out weeks ago.

Review by Frank Chester