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The power and the glory of Nearly Dan


Nearly Dan Bring back the Boston Rag Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh

Here’s Nearly Dan at The Voodoo Rooms on 12 April.

I saw them for the first time on the corresponding Friday last year and was blown away.  Thinking that it may have been a fluke, I had to go again and this time they were even better.

It’s a great night out, seeing and hearing the smartest music of America’s finest session musicians reinterpreted by the cast of Corrie from the eighties.  Which is said with the greatest love and respect, because I love Steely Dan and I  used to quite like Corrie.

Best of all, Nearly Dan clearly have a ball playing this music (and who wouldn’t?)  Steve Hayes on vocals and guitar mooted the idea of coming back to Edinburgh next year and playing two nights, with two different sets; they could definitely do this, given how different this year’s set was from last year’s.

I’ll be there.  Nearly Dan do Walter and Donald’s music a great service and get a largely appreciative, responsive audience, although there were some truly frightening examples of dad-dancing and drunk-auntie-at-the-wedding-when-“Brown Sugar”-comes-on-dancing happening…

But the music’s great; accurate without being slavish and played with love.

A word of praise for The Voodoo Rooms as well, which is turning into a great venue.  The bar can get a bit crowded, but just when you think you’re in for a long wait, another couple of bar staff tend to appear from the back; which is how it’s supposed to happen, really.

Nearly Dan’s rather fine website can be found here.