My quizzing friend Mike is the leader of a folk trio called Dogwood Rose. The other members are Judy and Kiri. They had a gig last night in the function room of my local pub so Shirley and I went along to see them. In the past few years I have watched them perform several times.
Their repertoire has emerged from an area of folk music that Mike likes to call "Americana". For example, they do a version of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" and that's probably my favourite number from their playlist. However, I couldn't find a good video version of it on the internet so instead I have chosen to share their version of "Emmylou" by a Swedish band called First Aid Kit. Last year Dogwood Rose were performing it at a cafe in Nether Edge - one of Sheffield's leafy suburbs.
Mike is an accomplished guitarist, arranger and singer and I admire him for his continuing passion for the music he loves. It takes guts and resilience to stick with it through the years. Believing in the music when there's so much unpleasantness in human society. In the band's last number last night, not one but two of his guitar strings broke but he soldiered on cheerfully, supported by Kiri and Judy's beautiful vocal harmonies and Kiri's awesome fiddle playing.
Everyone who was in attendance enjoyed the two part concert tremendously and afterwards it was nice to chat with Mike over a pint as he "wound down" before going home. Bravo Dogwood Rose! Bravo!