India Electric Co review

India Electric Co – a review

Plymtree ‘Café Theatre’ July 24th

There was never really any doubt that these guys would get a good audience and a good reception. Joe and Cole reminded me of the very early days of Show of Hands, with the witty banter of Steve Knightley and the superb musicianship of the more shy Phil Beer. Like Show of Hands, the IECo is a local combo. In this case Cole comes originally from Awliscombe and Joe from Plymtree. Both now live in London.

It was great to see a sell-out audience, but especially good to see some new faces at this latest Plymtree Performing Arts evening. By some strange coincidence there were some foreign visitors in the village, and there were folk from Gambia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Spain at the concert. Like the rest of us they were knocked out by the musical arrangements and lovely self-penned songs. Cole has an engaging relationship with his audience, and Joe plays exquisite violin as well as accordion and guitar. I think his multi instrumental skills are perfect for the breadth of sound for a two-piece band. It worked for Show of Hands. But I couldn’t help thinking that many of the songs could do with a percussionist and maybe another instrumentalist. There were delays between songs as the duo changed instruments, and at times this detracted from the flow of music.

Joe and Cole are shortly off to tour in Germany with Midge Ure, he of Ultravox fame. They play a warm-up set, and then join Midge on stage to support him and his own music. This has to be an indicator that India Electric Co are going places – and you saw them here in Plymtree!

Special mention to Di Edwards and the Plymtree Performing Arts Team for making the interval such a good experience with Ploughman’s and Cakes. It’s all part of a great evening.