(B), 24 May 2007 - Review posted by Bert:
than 4 years ago Woven Hand played at The Handelsbeurs in Ghent (B).
Then the band also consisted of 4 musicians. Tonight, drummer Ordy
Garrison and David Eugeen Edwards were the only ones left from that
former quartet. The Belgian guitar player Peter Van Laerhoven and the
old chum Pascal Humbert are the new ones.
One should stress
that Woven Hand has become a very powerful and honest rock band during
the last 2 years. 6 months ago they played at the AB in Brussels. The
ones present know Woven Hand is no longer interested in (although for
the moment) soft, sweet melodies during their live performances.
Contrary to concerts in the past the band rocked from the very first
minute, without making sacrifices to the quality. The band kept the
musicality of its songs upright. Tonight, in the beautiful, completely
renovated and almost sold out Handelsbeurs in the centre of Gent, they
hit the mark …
Without any doubt this was the strongest and loudest concert
they’ve ever played in Belgium so far!
concert started with some heavy live electric guitar tunes and the
words ‘the Lord gives it, yes. The Lord He gives
…!!’ came out of
David’s cracking microphone. A few seconds later drummer Ordy
heavenly thunder. Just like the 2 last European tours ‘Winter
was the opener. They who saw the band for the first time must have been
overwhelmed by the phenomenal explosive start. One could believe The
Lord truly had given it to the band! ‘How far was Heaven? ..
not far away!
Remarkable were the new arrangements. ‘The
Speaking Hands’, ‘Phyllis Ann’,
‘White Bird’ and ‘Your Russia’
played differently than before. It’s very nice to see and
hear the band
always wants to try something new and do better. Just before the
blaring version of ‘White Bird’ there was an a
capella version of the
divine song or maybe it’s a kind of self made prayer
‘Into The Piano’.
Finger was starded with some ‘Horse Head
Fiddle’ lyrics. For a moment
my thoughts were wandering off and I remembered 16 Horsepower
performing that lament of the Igil (a 2 string Tuvan instrument) during
their 2002 European tour.
The tune ‘one for Peter, two for Paul, 3
for Him who made us all’ from phylis ann/Swedish Purse was
like the many other binding texts during this largely improvised song.
Your russia was the usual final song.
After that David did Wayfaring Stranger and Straw Foot solo. Finally
the other musicians came on stage again to play Dirty Blue.
It was a rather short (75 minutes), but very good and intense concert.
The Speaking Hands
Into The Piano
Phyllis Ann/Swedish Purse
Wayfaring Stranger ( DEE solo )
Strawfoot ( DEE solo )