We had a great time playing at the ‘Second Time Around Club’ in Beeston last week – it was a sell out and the crowd really enjoyed themselves. The club produced a newsletter with a review of the night, Newsletter March 16, and Eric Kwiatkowski, who was in the audience took the trouble to write this to the organisers (thanks Eric!):
A bit belatedly, but I'm writing to say how much I enjoyed 'The Slowdown Boys' last Friday. This group really has it nailed! Starting off with the rhythm section of guitar, bass, and occasionally mandolin, the sound was just right - many a British group don't get the rhythm sound right, and it makes for a somewhat amateurish result. Not so in this case - the rhythm work was a pleasure to hear. Great guitar runs from John, yet he didn't get in the way of Alex's bass playing - they complemented each other perfectly. Dave's got the old-time fiddle style perfected, and Julian's banjo playing was always tasteful, with the melody always clearly present during his solos. The harmony singing was particularly strong, and with different group members taking over the lead and harmony roles at various times interest for the audience was always kept high. As a 'flat picker', I naturally homed in on John's work, and I thoroughly enjoyed his tasteful back-up and solo work - very rooted in the Doc Watson sound, and you can't go wrong with that - please book them again as soon as possible!