Rosie Doonan and Ben Murray

Live Review | The Salutation, Doncaster | Review by Allan Wilkinson

This appearance in Doncaster by Rosie and Ben closes the first year of Bob’s current series of gigs and was a good one to go out on.  The duo played at the Sprotbrough club back in February and they were so good, that a return visit was perhaps inevitable.  The duo played most of the material from their Mill Lane CD, “Need You Around”, “Seal Maiden”, “Gypsy Davy” and the sublime “Innishcarra”, as well as a few other covers, such as their own unique re-working of “Spencer the Rover”.  The encore was perhaps the highlight of the evening, a delicate reading of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”.  You might think a song like this would have worn thin by now and become somewhat out dated, but Rosie and Ben managed to breathe new life into the iconic song.  Bob Chiswick opened the night with a few of his songs and Jon Chapman did the support slot, giving probably the best solo performance to date, with a couple of brand new songs, which I’m keen on hearing again, together with one from his first album.  A fitting end to the season.