Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers @ Tut’s 13-06-09

June 23, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, June 13 * * * *

In the space of a year or so Woodenbox, aka Ali Downer and his band A Fistful of Fivers, have come a long way. Playing supporting roles in Glasgow’s smaller venues has not only helped the sextet hone their live skills, it’s also won them an ever-expanding following. Tonight they appeared at Tut’s to celebrate the launch of second single Hang The Noose.
It’s always hard to predict what kind of turnout an event such as this will attract, but by the time the band eventually arrived on stage the room was nearly full.
Downer may have been surprised by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, but for those of us who’ve seen the band develop over the last twelve months, the show of appreciation didn’t come as a shock.
Clearly enjoying themselves throughout, the Glasgow outfit’s experimental mix of folk, country and bluegrass proved most uplifting on debut single Twisted Mile. With its Balkan-ised trumpet hook and joyous melody the crowd was soon dancing along.
However it was the more sombre My Mule which provided the band with their stand-out moment, the song’s nod to Elliott Smith and frenetic finale making for a compelling three minutes.


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