The Wight Bear, Southbourne


Tonight is the party celebrating the release of Jinder’s 11th studio album ‘The Silver Age’. We are in the very hospitable Wight Bear ale house in the trendy Southbourne Grove area, in a suburb of Bournemouth. It’s a really intimate affair, with the venue being not much bigger than most people’s lounges. Jinder confesses at the start that he is not on top form, as he has a chest infection and only yesterday was confined to bed. Rather than cancelling the gig, he has topped up on medication to prevent from disappointing this fair size crowd, some who have travelled quite a distance to be here.

With his partner Amy sitting alongside providing her constant support, Phil kicks off with his opening number “The Train To The Sky”. With just an acoustic guitar along with an array of effects including a loop pedal, the crowd are clearly mesmerised with the beautiful music he creates. Despite his ailments, his voice is still strong and easily fills this space with a commanding control. He is engaging and full of stories of the backgrounds of the songs, along with plenty of anecdotal stories of his long career as a musician. The set is mainly made up of songs from “The Silver Age”; including a beautiful version on “Piano Fire”, which features a substantial guitar solo and the delightful “A Days Grace” – a tune dedicated to Phil’s late grandfather, which features an epic Pink Floyd-style guitar piece and with the use of some technical magic the acoustic guitar is turned in an electric guitar.

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At just over two and a half hours the set also includes requests from the audience including ‘Ride On’, which is preceded by a great tale of a drunken night with Irish folk legend Christy Moore. The evening concludes with a track called “Rough Around The Edges” from Phil’s days in The Mercurymen, an upbeat reggae-influenced number from the point of view of an old worn-out pair of shoes. As it concludes the whole place erupts in applause for a local legend who continues to deliver and impress with his obvious skills as a singer/songwriter. If you too would like to sample this man’s music you can catch him at the Thomas Tripp in Christchurch on 4th March, No 10 Cafe Bar in Bridport on 8th March and also recently announced is a performance at the Larmer Tree Festival in July.


Set List
The Train to the Sky
The Woods are Full of Wardens
I Still Believe
Diving Board
Wilder Winds
Keep Me in Your Heart
Piano Fire
A Days Grace
West Country Love Song
Automobile Blues
Overthinkers Anonymous
Ride On
Rough Around the Edges

Read “The Silver Age” Album Review


Words & Pictures by David Chinery (Chinners).

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