REVIEW // Canard Du Jour

Monday, 15th May 2017

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Canard du Jour
Canard du Jour

I got a tip off that a band called ‘Canard du Jour’ were playing the Station Pub in Kings Heath. The name is irresistible. ‘Canard du Jour’ refers to either a French phrase for a joke, or a Frank Zappa song.

There was a large crowd, validating the claim that this is South East Birmingham’s finest band, (made up of several Moseley residents).   We had songs about Howell the Welsh werewolf, snipers in a council flat, and the perils of finding love when you live on a canal boat…‘like a barge, I can’t turn my life around / time for me to live on solid ground’. I guess that song was written by band member Captain Phil Lea who is involved with barge/art programmes at the Ikon Gallery.

Phil Chapman was resplendent in a gold shirt and Robert Plant mane; his weapon of choice an electric Ukulele. Singer Ben Harpwood entertained with skill and charisma. His rendition of ‘Marina’ from ‘Stingray’ brought joy to my heart, and he didn’t shirk his duties on folk Americana, sea shanties and reggae.

It was an absolutely cracking set and I can’t wait for their next show. My only moan is the audience. Too many people turned up because it was “the place to be” and free on the door.  Live music is not soundtrack to dull conversations about holidays. In-between trips to the bar and the loo, give yourself to the music and support the musicians.

Reviewed: 31 Mar 2017

Phil Chapman