Back in Early October My Friend Ian (MFI) scored a gig at the Clifton Hill Hotel, he was performing as a duo with Ed Bates. BUT this isn’t about him (soon, soon my dark pet) this is about Liz Frencham & Pete Fidler.
All I can say is Wow, I remember hearing Liz play in Jigzag up at The National festival a couple of years back and noting at the time, what a cool bassist she was. Peter Fiddler? I honestly can’t remember hearing before (and you watch – all these people will pop up and tell me all the gigs he was at and bands he played in) – I can tell you I wont be forgetting him in a hurry.
As a duo they put on a wonderful bracket, had a lot of fun (so did I), managed to showcase just how good they were (without looking like it)
I have picked out two tracks that I have had on my MP3 player since the gig.
First up is a song by Liz called All The Way Home, it’s a ripper
This one made me sit up and take notice, this was where they had settled down and were comfortable with the stage, the sound and the audience. When Liz and Pete hit the chorus I just knew that this was going to be a good night.
They followed that with one of Pete’s instrumentals called “Bell Street Blues“, I left his intro to the track on the recording.
Liz mentioned that they are two members of a trio called “Jimmy The Fish” and according to her recent tweets, they have just finished a recording – seriously looking forward to that.
If you get a chance to see Liz or Pete play in any combination don’t pass it up. Especially Liz – good bass players are rare, interesting ones are very rare.
Boring Tech Stuff:
The Zoom H4n recorded in Stereo @ 44.1kHz/16 bit. It was sitting in a pocket on my messenger bag and just pointed at the performers. We were about 3.5m back from the stage. The room is a long skinny room with the PA at each end of the long wall.
The audio recording was edited in Sound Forge and all I did was cut out below 30Hz.