Black Friday - Live @ The Inn On The Shore, Downderry, Cornwall (13/02/16)
OK, full disclosure here, I was really in attendance at this gig to help a good friend celebrate a significant birthday in my local but, by happy accident, this coincided with the chance to see one of the most highly respected bands currently working the circuit in Cornwall. Black Friday ply their trade in the realms of celtic folk but there is so, so much more to them than that. With all seven members squeezed in to one corner of the pub, the group set about winding up the atmosphere slowly, raising the temperature and creating an atmosphere. Original compositions mixed in amongst classics like 'Dirty Old Town' and 'Whiskey In The Jar' without missing a beat, showing the quality of the band's song writing ability.
It is, however, in the live arena that this collective excels and, even in a tiny space, they can't help but perform like the natural entertainers they are. From the lowest slung Banjo I've ever seen to some seriously fierce Mandolin work, Black Friday an absolute joy to watch if you can manage to take it all in. The folk ethos is up front for every to see but then you've got elements of Blues, Country, Rock'n'Roll and, when that wah-wah pedal kicks in, things get a little funky as well. I'll admit that alcohol and socialising deflected my full attention but I'll definitely be checking these guys out again. On first impressions, if you want a band to turn up, play fiercely uplifting music that will get the place jumping and have any audience eating out of the palm of their hands then Black Friday are the guys (and girl) for you, make no mistake.
More information: http://www.blackfridayband.co.uk/
19th February - Mark Of Friendship, Millbrook
20th February - London Inn, Padstow
4th March - Globe Inn, Lostwithiel
5th March - Kitty O'Hanlon's, Plymouth
10th March - Gaz's Club, London
11th March - Millennium House, Pensilva
17th March - Red Lion, Newquay
18th March - Finn McCouls, Falmouth
25th March - Rod & Line, Tideford