Coast to Coast with The Coast Road – Friday 27th January 2017

Coast to Coast …….

No, not a long walk or even a bike ride, but the name of a musical journey across the North of England that was enjoyed by those who ventured out to Lamplugh Village Hall one Friday evening recently.

Folk trio, Bex Mather, Dave Camlin and Paul Susans collectively known as ‘The Coast Road’, entertained us with a varied mix of songs connected by a northern, and specifically a Cumbrian, theme. There were traditional compositions but mostly the words and music were penned by members of the group and we heard ‘Canny old Cumberland’, ‘Ann of Hethersgill’, a song inspired by Bex’s grand-dad in Keswick and another by Dave’s favourite place that ‘no-one ever goes’. I can’t have been the only one to be surprised that Dave was a neighbour and that this particular favourite place was a five-minute walk from Lamplugh Church!

Bex and Dave played acoustic guitar and did most of the singing, often together in close harmony, while Paul backed them up on electric bass guitar. Performing two sets, with a refreshment break in between, ‘The Coast Road’ kept our attention for over two hours and, with a specially amended version of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This land is your land’ (from Carlisle – fornia to Walney Island) even had us singing along. Whether or not this was enhanced by the audience’s generous patronage of the bar, I’ll leave it to others to judge.

‘The Coast Road’ delivered an enjoyable and varied evening’s entertainment, which seemed to be over very quickly (always a good sign), and an excellent first live music event at the Hall in 2017.