Lizz Francis reviews a Tubman gig

David Francis AKA Ukulele Dave kicked off the Doozer McDooze gig at the Tubman, Cambridge Rd on Saturday night (Nov 12th). He performed solo, starting with original material about themes of love, family and age. then quickened the pace with some left wing political songs that hit the spot for the audience. Everybody sang along and joined in the chorus of Dump The Bosses Off Your Back.

Next up was the cacophony and hilarity of 3 piece band Hobo Jones and the Junk Yard Dogs. Hobo Jones (washboard), Wino Tyrone, (guitar) and Miser Bill on box double bass, have played Glastonbury for 8 years. They sang old favourites like Fulsom Prison Blues and Should I Stay or Should I Go, interspersed with some rude and daring banter. They included the audience by handing out metal pots and pans and encouraging everybody to bang and tap along. It was hilarious and very loud too.

Finally the main act came on- Doozer McDooze! He began with I’m Searching for the Answers. Vibrant, energetic and brash, he sang songs from his current album Not Going Back To That. Some of his songs are anthemic, others jolly and ironic. The song we can all sing along to is I Don’t Wanna Go Home. There was dancing and clapping and the encores never stopped.

Fans turned up from as far away as Aylesbury and Essex. Even the lovely Gail Something Else was there to support the bands, – who all regularly play at her Something Else Festivals! What an evening! The refurbed Tubman, with its new beers, naked brickwork and black paint tiles was a packed venue that night.