Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Sat 12 Jan 2013
- Bruce White
- 23 January 2013
Gig showcases Dundee acoustic fivesome’s musicianship
Uniting five pillars of the Dundee music scene, rootsy acoustic collective Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher is a smart and fruitful exercise in individual songwriters and players combining strengths. With so many talents jostling for primacy as instruments and songs are traded, a more natural order needs to be found (and their solicitors-firm name improved upon). But this noisily-received sold-out show evidenced abundant personality and promise.
Rotating between an almost daft quantity of instruments – guitars, double-bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, piano (even the drummer whips out a trumpet at one stage) – the fivesome’s musicianship is in little doubt. Nor is their songwriting nous and eclecticism, though the sheer array of styles they work through makes them a slippery proposition.
Opener ‘(Might as Well) Trust in Me’ is a blues-rock stomper reminiscent of beardy Scottish peers Kassidy, ‘Little Brown Boy’ is Dylan-esque folk, while newer stuff – some of which had been recorded the week prior at the same rural Perthshire studio where their self-titled debut took shape – enters amped-up serious rock territory. Closer ‘Pigeon Song’ points to AMWWF’s brightest possible future – rousing, soulful, all voices singing very much off the same hymn sheet.