The legendary Dr John
DR JOHN @ Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sunday, May 14 ON Sunday, Cambridge s Heart of the World festival was brought to a rousing conclusion by New Orleans musician Dr John. He borrows from so many musical styles and traditions that pigeon-holing Dr John is f
DR JOHN @ Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sunday, May 14
ON Sunday, Cambridge's Heart of the World festival was brought to a rousing conclusion by New Orleans musician Dr John. He borrows from so many musical styles and traditions that pigeon-holing Dr John is futile. But if you insist on labelling him, then eclectic and legendary would be two fair descriptions.
Sounds of jazz, blues, funk, rock, a little soul and Abram Wilson's magnificent trumpet wove their way amongst the Corn Exchange beams. The singer also took time out for a rant against President Bush's inaction after Hurricane Katrina and its devastation of New Orleans. The mention of Bush in most concert halls around the world is an easy route to some supportive jeers, but there is nothing hollow about this man's protest. These musicians feel genuinely betrayed by their government.
Aside from the politics, his wonderful deep voice can sound a lot like a lively Van Morrison at times, but it was the upbeat piano that brought the audience to their feet, dancing in the aisles - no mean feat at Cambridge, where audiences are often more than content to sit and clap along to songs. But that's something the Doctor was never going to allow.
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