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THE QUIREBOYS
HALFPENNY LIVE

Released December 2010

 

 

The Quireboys love of Ron n’ Rod’s The Faces was never more evident than on 2010’s fantastic gypsy flavoured acoustic album “Halfpenny Live”, and it went down so well that their career – already on a rebound thanks to their best-since-their-debut last studio album “Homewreckers and Heartbreakers” – was boosted again with the demand for a series of shows in the style of “Halfpenny…”.

 

So off they went around the British Isles, supplementing their line-up with Chris Carney on Dobro, mandolin and banjo, Rob Bond with his pedal steel and fiddler Chris Haigh, taking their acoustic gypsy rock to the masses – and “Halfpenny Live” chronicles those shows.

 

Limited to 1000 numbered copies and available only from the band’s website http://www.quireboys.com/, you’d better get in quick to grab a copy. (Mine arrived this week numbered 943 of 1000, but as of today the website is till showing some available!)

 

“Halfpenny Live” features most of the “Halfpenny Dancer” tracks, plus a few more from their back catalogue, and every song sounds fantastic done in this style. Highlights include the ever mournful ‘I Don’t Love You Any More’ – a song which has been begging a more heartfelt treatment since it’s original 1990 release on “A Little Bit Of What You Fancy” – ‘One For The Road’, ‘Roses and Rings’ and ‘I Love This Dirty Town’.

 

A great document of a great band reaching outside their comfort zone to great effect.

 

Shane Pinnegar