Well, the evening finally arrived – The Janskys launch gig for WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July 2013…. And what a memorable night it was.
As expected the evening got off to a wonderful start with a spellbinding set by Rhys Bethell accompanying himself on the Spanish guitar made for him by his partner Rosie’s father. A beautiful instrument beautifully played. The crowd were held captive to this young man’s unassuming delivery of incredibly intricate vocal and guitar melodies including Fey Jane with vocal accompaniment from Every Animal on Earth’s Laura Thompson and the tribute to his late step father Nigel West, Carnac.
Rhys Bethell (photo by Gerard F Morgan)
After a refuelling break and a chance to breathe outside of the sultry muggy conditions of the upstairs sweat box gig room the crowd reconvened for the main set by The Janskys.
On probably the hottest night of the year so far the set opened with the sounds of thunder and rain from the LP opener After The Flood as both the track and the live band swelled into life.
Having been largely absent from the live scene for the last couple of years with the exception of the occasional show here and there, this was a chance to see the band back firing on all cylinders kicking into hi octane versions of songs from the new LP including the lead track Tell Me, Head In The Sand and Better Day.
With the set dedicated to producer and friend Colin Bradley, it was then down to singer and acoustic guitarist Pat Donoghue to lead the band through the evening, feeding off the love in the room to engage the crowd with relaxed heartfelt words from the stage. The Janskys’ line up also featured Damian Sackett on vocals and electric guitar, Liam Rice on drums and Stu Owen on bass. The obvious absence of original bass player and founder member Nick Davies prompted Pat to say a few words addressing the fact that Nick had left the band while mentioning his important role on the new album and wishing him all the best for the future.
The Janskys onstage at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)
Mid-set saw a welcome guest appearance from Howard Holmes reprising his rousing harmonica part on Motion Sickness.
As well as playing newer non album tracks Sinking Ship and Collective Alchemy Pat & Damian also revisited The Janskys’ eponymous 2009 mini LP performing an acoustic version of I Can’t Hear Anything.
Another mellower offering was the atmospheric That Way, with additional waves of sound and percussion – taken direct from Colin Bradley’s wonderfully recorded production work and featuring LP drummer Jon Grove – augmenting the band’s live sound.
With no easy access backstage at the end of the set and the crowd being somewhat raucous, the band went straight into the encore starting with Howard rejoining them for a cover of Band Of Horses‘ Is There A Ghost before which Pat took the opportunity to introduce the band and thank the audience. The evening was rounded off with a suitably epic Brocco Bank.
The evening then continued in the relative cool of Shakespeares’ beer garden with banter into to the early hours.
The Janskys and Sawayaka Sheffield wish to thank everyone who made the evening so memorable. Special thanks goes to our partners, families and close friends without whose love and support we would have never reached this point.
Next stop Tramlines….
Talking of which, The Janskys will be playing a series of stripped back acoustic gigs across this Tramlines weekend.
Thursday 18th July 9pm, The Museum, Orchard Square
Saturday 20th July 2pm, The Old House, Devonshire Street
Sunday 21st July 3.45pm, Outside Stage at Henry’s car park
Looks very much like it’s going to be another scorcher this weekend so a perfect time to take a trip to Sheffield, soak up some rays and enjoy the wonderful live music on offer across the city. We hope to see some of you good people down there.
Also, just a reminder that if you’ve not yet procured your copy of WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS it’s available to buy from:
Our online shop http://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/
Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire Street S3 7SG www.rareandracy.co.uk
Record Collector, 233-235 Fulwood Road S10 3BA http://recordcollectorsheffield.co.uk/