Tim Rogers Review Saints and Sailors

Posted by: on Jul 11, 2015 | No Comments
Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the coolest local gigs that has happenedin recent times, was when Tim Rogers (Mr. You Am I) himself came to play at Saints and Sailors in Portarlington. Ok, it was only on Wednesday night, that the great man came to town to play an intimate acoustic set, but boy was it brilliant. Rolling into Saints, I was surprised to find that the venue was pretty packed and that was before even the first support had started. Opening the show was the delightful Sarah Carroll and her sons Fenn and George backing her on backing vocals, Bass and Acoustic guitars as well as Drums on the odd song.

Having had the opportunity to tour around America with Sarah and George last year, I have come to know how exceptional they are as musicians and together as (and as corny as this may to be say) a family band, they are brilliant. Ok, so it was the family band minus the exceptional talents of Chris Wilson, but still it was rocking and the crowd definitely got into what they were putting down. Playing a whole set of originals which saw the trio dip into each other’s back catalogues, it was refreshing to see what songs were on the setlist and hear new tracks that would form the basis for future albums/EPs.

Fenn Wilson

The Left handed George Wilson playing Sarah’s guitar upside was a token idea and something that the crowd weren’t expecting. ‘Quokka’ from him was a highlight of their set, as well as ‘Please May I Have This Dance?” which features on Fenn’s debut disc Tales Of The Black Dog. 

Next up on stage was local Blues legend, Alister Turrill who over the past couple of years has become of the most talked about blues players in the local region. Armed with just his lap steel guitar, tambourine, vocals as well as an acoustic thrown in for good measure, it was an impressive set of tunes. Having seen Turrill play many times over the past few years,

you may think that seeing another set would be a little boring. However, this was not the case. Dipping into new material, it was interesting to hear the song ‘Shivers’ as I had never heard that one before and if it’s any preview of what to expect on the new album, then it will be intimate and a bluesy affair. Other classic Turrill tracks such as ‘Change in My Pocket’ and ‘Warm November’ were thrown down and the crowd were very attentive and appreciative of the blues acoustic folk sound that Turrill has worked incredibly hard on over the past couple of years

Finally the time came that everyone was waiting for. Having sat out the back in the beer garden, a nearly guard of honour formed  for Mr Tim Rogers to walk through to make his way to the stage. Armed with acoustic guitar and his mate on electric, it was quite a moment to have Australian music royalty in the house. Opening with the You Am I classic ‘Berlin Chair’, Rogers played many solo acoustic tracks that were a little obscure and out of the ordinary. Having returned recently from a European tour, it was great to hear ‘Weeds’ off their album Dress Me Slowly and even getting Turrill up to duet on the track ‘Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile’. Thank you Tim Rogers for a cracker of a gig and we hope to see you Solo or with You Am I back down this way again very soon!



Check out this live clip of ‘You’ve Been So Good To Me So Far’ :








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