The Duchess, York
12 June 2009
Even though Ezio cross many musical boundaries with their adrenaline infused acoustic rock, the duo still maintain they are just a 'folk music band from Cambridge'. Together since 1990, singer songwriter Ezio Lunedei and guitarist Mark 'Booga' Fowell, have steadily built up a strong fan base both as a duo or together with a larger band consisting of Lidia Cascarino on bass, 'The Reverend' Lee Russell on a variety of instruments including steel guitar and percussion and finally Alex Reeves on drums. Tonight at the Duchess, it was just the two original members who came along to play some new songs as well as the obligatory handful of crowd pleasers.
Ezio have a loyal following who appear to know every lyric to every song. On songs like Deeper, it sometimes becomes easier for Ezio to just stop singing and let the crowd take over.
They appeared to have no set list to speak of when they took to the stage, relying instead on fans suggesting songs, not by shouting them out, but by texting messages using the mobile phone number blue-tacked to the pillars around the venue. Occasionally during the set, Ezio would reach for his mobile phone and check new messages. 'Steal Away? ... could do; Cinderella please? ... maybe; Deeper? ...'
There's a remarkable synergy that goes on between these two musicians, with each knowing instinctively his part in the musical relationship. The two guitarists cooperate advantageously, with neither stealing the limelight for one single second. Booga's extraordinary dexterity on both electric and acoustic guitars provides the colour to Ezio's rhythmic base. Familiar songs such as Steal Away and Saxon Street provided the audience with the reward they came for, whilst some of the newer songs provided the audience with what they may be singing along to very soon.
For the encore, Ezio gave the audience the choice of three possibilities. 'You can have a vote here, democracy at work, you can have 59 Yards, to which a female voice called out from the back of the room... 'I like that one'; The Further We Stretch ... or Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles it's up to you...'
Read the full review, including an interview with the band on Allan's Northern Sky blog.