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JigZag - Flying Live

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  JigZag - Flying Live - DVD
by Chris Spencer
To paraphrase Little Richard,
Liz Frencham must be the
busiest person in Australian
folk music.
At January’s Newstead folk
Festival, she appeared on one
song of David Hyams and Andrew
Copeman’s set playing the double
bass and was never sighted again.
Presumably she was in transit
between gigs..
Aside her solo recordings, one of
her main focuses is her involvement
with JigZag, now approaching 11
years together.
A trio, JigZag do not fi t the
classical mould of a folk band, in
the sense they do not play much
traditional songs or music.
Pop folk, might be a better
description.
This double dvd set contains one
dvd of a live performance, compiling
20 songs from their repertoire, and
a 40 minute documentary that
interviews the 3 members, as it
follows their early interest in music,
infl uences, previous alliances
and thoughts about the band,
and how they see the future of
JigZag.
For me with an interest in the
history of Australian pop music, I
found this disc captivating.
How 3 musicians from such
disparate backgrounds to fi nd
common ground in JigZag is
captivating – Greg Bryce from a
rock band, Liz Frencham from
country and bluegrass family bands,
and Carol Trengove emanating from
a classical music background.
Understanding Bryce’s
background helps explain why the
group has been bestowed the Best
live Act award by the Australian Folk
Alliance.
On this dvd, the trio give rousing
renditions of presumably their best
known work, particularly on the
‘Gypsy jam’ “Misirlou” and the
instrumental “Chainsaw”.
Tracks such as “In the Middle”,
“30 Seconds of Happiness”, “The
Stronger the Tree”, “Moon Song”,
“Jericho” known to me because of
Martin Pearson’s inclusion in his
performances and cd, “New Shine”
and “Sweet Basil”.
Each member takes lead vocals
on several songs each; There’s a set
of jigs/reels (“Barefoot Bride Set”);
“Over the Fence” features their 3
part harmonies as does the last
track, “Light by Light”.
“Man of Wood” a selection from
Moulin Rouge, is sung by Liz, one of
the couple of tracks not written by
the trio.
Highlights for me were “Jericho”
and Bryce singing a bluesy, rootsy
infl uenced “Everything”.
The fi lm is covered by 3 cameras,
and the sound recording of the live
performance is excellent.
The documentary also features
some archival footage of previous
live performances, photographs and
posters.
A slight criticism is that each of
these features cannot be viewed
individually: one has to view the
whole 40 minute fi lm.
For all fans of JigZag this is an
essential purchase.
For those of you who do not
own much of JigZag’s recorded
work, this would be an excellent
introduction.



This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 26 November, 2008.