UK Tour wrap-up

DRM in glasgowThe UK/Europe tour with Old Crow Medicine show is done, and everyone had a great time! We have posted some audience videos on the video page, as well as lots of great shows reviews, which you can read after the jump.

Do you have pictures or video from the tour? Feel free to post them in the comments section!

review of Glasgow show from the Herald Scotland
John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame joined the Dave Rawlings Machine as a special guest on their UK tour with Old Crow Medicine Show. Here’s an excerpt from a review from the Herald Scotland of the show at the ABC in Glasgow:

“Jones was a casually accomplished cog in a Rawlings Machine that played way above its opening act status. Essentially Rawlings’ long-time partnership with the sweetheart of the old-time murder ballad, Gillian Welch, reversed so that he’s out-front and she’s the harmonic embellishment, this is a machine with a heart as well as plenty of horse power. With three- sixths of Old Crow Medicine Show completing the line-up, the orchestrations of fiddle, mandolin, guitars, banjo and upright bass were rich and robust but beautifully tempered behind Rawling’s passionate singing and brilliantly inventive and expansive playing on his vintage Gibson guitar.”

Full review here.

5-Star Review from the Scotsman
“Dave Rawlings is best known for playing second banjo to his partner Gillian Welch but Dave Rawlings Machine is his opportunity to take charge and, in this support slot to his friends, associates and sometime bandmates Old Crow Medicine Show, it looked like he might run away with all the glory.

Welch was present and attempting to keep a low profile in the ensemble but there was no hiding the excitement of the crowd at her presence. And who was that unassuming older gentleman on mandolin? No less than John Paul Jones of Led-freakin’-Zeppelin, just getting on with business.”

Read the whole review here.

Backroads posted a great review of the OCMS/DRM London show at the Troxy. Here’s an excerpt:

“Is it possible to have too much talent on a stage at once? Do you risk duelling banjos amid the multiple mandolins? To be honest, the only thing the audience risked at this show was experience overload. After all, when Dave Rawlings Machine is the “opening” act and they’ve roped in Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, while Old Crow Medicine Show have invited along Mumford & Sons… It was quite a remarkable evening in East London.”

Read the whole review here.

from The Independent.

“The Stetson-wearing shadow of Dave Rawlings looms in the spotlight, making the art deco splendour of this East End hall dance with the ghosts of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Rawlings’s musical and life partner, Gillian Welch, members of Old Crow Medicine Show – his protégés and tonight’s headliners – and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones are beside him, in a special formation of his band
the Dave Rawlings Machine. Mumford & Sons will show up later, somewhat incongruously. Because this last of “indoor festival” Campfire Trails’ three nights here is the most coherent, offering a strong dose of old-time Americana.”

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“Special guests were promised for this final instalment of Campfire Trails, and that promise was certainly fulfilled from the very start. For the Dave Rawlings Machine opening set, the wonderful Gillian Welch made her first appearance on a London stage since 2003. The Rawlings-Welch partnership were also joined by members of Old Crow Medicine Show and, unassumingly at the far end of the stage, by the legendary John Paul Jones on mandolin.”
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“The closing night of the three-day Campfire Trails event at East London’s The Troxy was highly anticipated enough for hosting bluegrassers Old Crow Medicine Show and their frequent touring partners Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, and yet Friday, rounding off two prior evenings headlined by The Felice Brothers and Wild Beasts respectively; culminated in a ferocious display of musical talent and surprise special guests, making this one of the live performance highlights of the year – not to mention hugely surpassing most punters already sky high expectations.”
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1 Comment

  1. I am reading these reviews in January 2011, and the memory of the Glasgow and London gigs(I was at both), brings a lump to my throat and a tingle to my spine.

    I have been going to gigs since the early seventies and the Glasgow gig was without doubt the best gig I have been to. The London gig was not half bad either.

    A big, big thank you to all who took part in entertaining us both evenings, and to those who orginised them.

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