On Friday night I made my way to Redbourn Sports & Social Club to see The Claxbys plus The Smiths United a tribute band.
On arriving I was informed that the Claxbys would not be appearing on the show, but Connor Dunk the lead singer of the Claxbys would be starting the evening with a short acoustic solo set.
Conner sang a number of songs, Man in me, Outspoken, To be There and Don’t Matter to Me. His playlist was mainly original material plus songs from the Claxbys, Bob Dylan and the Verve. He did very well even without the band and received a good reception from the growing audience. Connor is a very talented young man.
The Smiths Utd came on stage about 9:15 by this time there was a fairly large audience, which a large part were definitely Smiths officicianadoes. From the minute Smiths Utd took to the stage people were on the dancefloor, singing along with the songs and requesting songs whilst on the dancefloor.
Huw Davies/Morissy, Barry Phillipson/Jonny Marr, Gid Frances/Andy Rourke and Andy Gibson/Mike Yoyce played the next hour and 40 minutes to take the audience back to the era of The Smiths.
Most of the well known songs were in the set, Hang the DJ, I’m Miserable Now and Ask. With each song Huw would have some sort of prop in his hand which identified with the song. Most notable was this band kept Smiths fans on the dancefloor and they certainly loved it. It could be said that having to do a three or four songs for the encore at the end of the evening and still be asked for more must mean that The Smiths Utd delivered what a demanding crowd requested.
Huw Davies had told me earlier in the evening that the band was started by Barry and Gid because they wanted a challenge, last night that challenge was met.
P.s if you took any photos of the night please send them in with your name and we will credit you.
Review by William Hazon