A month ago I went to The Brudenell Social Club to see Simone Felice’s new band, The Duke & The King, and very good they were too (see Bob’s review here). Tonight I’m going to the same venue to see how his brothers are getting on without him.
Simone’s departure has put an increased burden on Ian Felice as a singer. As it happens I like his voice, fairly described as Dylanesque, so this is not a problem for me. To lighten the load a little James Felice sings a couple of leads and Greg Farley and Christmas Clapton, less successfully, take one each.
They’re touring to promote their latest album, Yonder Is The Clock, which I think is their strongest yet. The set list draws selectively from this and Katie Dear and Run Chicken Run go down particularly well. And they don’t ignore their earlier material either with lots of songs from The Felice Brothers, featuring particularly rousing versions of Frankie’s Gun, Whiskey In My Whiskey, Greatest Show on Earth and Love Me Tenderly.
The audience sing along enthusiatically for most of the set and for a band that I’ve never heard on the radio that is amazing.
So clearly the Brothers are coping well! A good night out with some great music by a band who clearly love what they’re doing.