The Destroyers

So it’s the “The Summer Gypsy Ball” and first on Urban Voodoo Machine

Urban Voodoo Machine

They lived up to their “bourbon soaked gypsy blues bop ‘n’ stroll” moniker during their performance initially but really came alive during the on stage antics later on in the performance.

Urban Voodoo Machine

Most notable was a dynamic double drumming display by the green bearded Booshesque lead drummer and his sidekick. Other delights of their ensemble included the intermittent appearance of a sort of 1920s ‘gong girl’ dressed in a minuscule eastern inspired costume along with Valentinoesque headdress. Her image reminiscent of an old black and white movie still.

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Next on The Destroyers cut some bizarre black silhouettes entering one by one from stage left.

The Destroyers

Possibly the most striking of the troupe a tall bearded gentleman dressed in top hat, Russian style dress hitched up to one side with legs painted blue. The rest of the band arrived instruments held aloft, on closer inspection faces daubed in paint, and an interesting array of suited and hatted costume.

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The Destroyers started as they meant to go on in raucous fashion with some old tunes from their second album ‘Out of Babel’ and some newer tracks not heard before. During the performance there were many memorable moments including a solo by a very able and talented lute player which lulled the crowd into silence. And a pleasing solo by the statuesque gent in the top had – a violinist by trade and a very good one at that. He drew the crowd in like a virtuoso gargoyle crouching there right at the edge of the stage beckoning the mass.

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The set reached a rousing finale with everyone up and dancing, and the band joined back on stage by Urban… for a type of musical face off with the musicians eventually merging with the crowd and then away into the night.

The Destroyers

The end of the evening ended in true gypsy fashion with everyone up and dancing. Right at the end the music being played out by one of Jibbering records DJ’s who entertained the dancing stalwarts into the wee small hours.

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Words by Sara Reynolds.
Photos by Wayne Fox, email me.

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