Upstairs at Camden’s Enterprise is a small affair.
The stage sits barely two feet off the ground and with fifty or so beer swilling punters it’s beginning to get a little cramped towards the back. When Skinny Lister enter the scene, five strong and sporting a double bass as big as a bath tub, you know that you may be in for a little more than bargained for.
Having spent the best part of 15 years touring the country, as well as America’s West Coast, it seems that finally Scottish singer/songwriter Pete MacLeod may have harnessed the attention that has been long overdue.
But when you’re officially crowed 2011’s Hardest Working Band in Britain by PRS things then begin to make sense.
The Skinny Lister sound, one that encapsulates the old traditions of Ireland complete with rickety fiddles and jaunty accordions, is one that could potentially turn any British summer into a barn-stomping, sundown jig filled with the romanticisms of twirling your sweetheart around with a belly full of good cider.
Nowadays, when a young London quartet tumble onto the scene twiddling guitars and a low slung bass, the idea of going home to stick Groundhog Day into the DVD player doesn’t sound like such an absurd idea.
But when said young London quartet are billed as a ‘blues’ act, that’s when eyebrows start to raise.
Scoundrels may be a familiar name but let me assure you, they’re not Steve Martin and Michael Caine galloping around the French Riviera in white suits and Panama hats. You think you know the Scoundrels?
Trust us, you don’t.
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