Review: Skinny Lister at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham

This took me back. A dark room in the upstairs of a pub, a merch stand on a trestle table, and no barriers.

When you haven’t been to an intimate gig for a while you forget how great they are.

I miss sweat dripping from the walls, disco dirt covered trainers; and bouncing around and hugging complete strangers.

On Friday night at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham that’s exactly what we got.

Support act AJJ got everyone right in the mood for the main act – folk punks, Skinny Lister.

After some reasonably priced pints (not over a fiver would you believe), we were ready and the band emerged though crowd.

The crowd was a pretty mixed bag. Hipsters, rockers, old and young – but that’s the beauty of Skinny Lister.

It really is music anyone can enjoy and sing along too – even if you are blotto.

New songs such as ‘Wanted’, ‘Geordie Lad’ and ‘Hamburg Drunk’, got as equally good a receptions as the older classics such as ‘Rollin Over’, ‘Seventeen Summers’ and ‘Cathy’.

There was swaying, bouncing and jigging.

Sea shanty ‘John Kanaka’ got the biggest sing-a-long of the night, while the crowd and band alike rocked out to ‘Trouble on Oxford Street’ and ‘Forty Pound Wedding’.

These guys are well worth a watch if you can – easily the best gig of 2017 so far.