Phil Burdett has always been a wonderful performer to watch in such intimate settings accompanying only himself and tonight was no difference. Plenty of song from an album not appearing until next year, a few picks from his now extensive back catalogue and one from his current album. Phil seems to revel in this backhand self-promotion and his set was concise, fresh and a treat. Here’s ‘Valentino Mainline’ to provide video evidence of the whole thing.
After a short break Songdog squeeze themselves (at one point all six of them) into the performance area and do their thing. Starting with the first song from their first album, 2001’s ‘The Way Of The World’s sublime “Isabel” and presenting a set coursed through their whole catalogue, the band were in absolute fine fettle. Highlight for me, “Fairytale”, the band joined by manager Corrinne Frazzoni on joint lead vocal, as seen here.
And so after a dozen or so songs from Songdog the gig drew to close. Time for a mingle and a chat and a few photo opportunities. A great idea, the ‘Queensland house gig’ series (there’ve been about six of these now) is a wonderful idea, put on in a welcoming, warm and friendly way by wonderful hosts Ray and Ali Canham. Hat’s off to the two of you, and to Phil Burdett and Songdog. Here they are again with “Bumpy Road” from 2013’s ‘Last Orders at Harry’s Bar’