Wednesday, 28 April 2010

510 CHRIS COLBOURN AND HILKEN MANCINI, TT The Bear's Place, Cambridge, MA USA, Wednesday 20 June 2001

An early start for the first Boston trip that Rachel and I make as an "official" couple! We leave Swindon at 6 am for a direct flight, getting into Boston's Logan Airport at 1.30 US time. We head over to EdV's (our kind host for this trip), then a quick shopping trip before the first gig of the holiday - straight in tonight at TTs!

However, by this evening, we're both shattered from the early start, flight, time difference etc. But hey, it's Chris! So we force ourselves into action for this thankfully early one. Chris and Hilken take the stage at 9.30 and run through a clutch of new songs, plus a couple of covers; one Rolling Stones song which I don't recognise, and a Dylan number which I believe was "Saved". Chris and Hilken's musical relationship has clearly developed since she "guested" with him last time, and it's quite an effective dynamic now, with Hilken mainly taking lead vocal chores, apart from a couple of numbers which are obviously Chris' own work, sharing the same song structures and dynamics as some of his Buffalo Tom numbers.

We speak to Chris briefly on the way out; we're even more knackered now so we don't have the energy to stick around for headliner Ben Lee. Shame, really, but the sack calls!

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