Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Black Swans, David Welsh, Jimi Paulix, Ron House, Silbreeze
This past weekend Josh Bearman and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the first, and very possibly last, live concert by the enigmatic singer-songwriter formerly known as David Welsh. The day started out pretty apocalyptic, with a some very fierce winds and an ever changing and ominous sky. Traveling south on 71 from Minerva Park we narrowly missed a couch sitting in the middle of the outside lane. After a quick stop at Used Kids and a few dubious Corona Lights at our guy Jerry DeCicca’s apartment, we moved over to the abode of the ever gracious Ron House, who hosted this once in a lifetime event. Upon Mr. Welsh’s arrival, the sky cleared and the sun made its first appearance of the day, providing a nearly perfect light for us to absorb the delicate emotions put forth by the singing guitarist.
Now professionally known as Jimi Paulix, Mr. Welsh played what could only be called the most fragile of sets, including a few numbers from his sole long player Blue Lightning Accent which was issued in 1979 on the custom Blue Ash imprint. With a large songbook in front of him, Welsh also did a couple of new songs and a pretty righteous cover of “Norwegian Wood.” Just as his songs wafted into the late afternoon breeze, so too did the entire performance, as no one had the foresight to record what will surely be the last live appearance of Jimi Paulix.
After the show I sat between House and Welsh as we watched Butler advance to the NCAA national championship game and David offered his opinion regarding the best angles needed to grab offensive rebounds. It was a most surreal afternoon, witnessed by a tiny, intimate audience that counted Siltbreeze honcho Tom Lax, members of the Black Swans, and Steve Hesske as members. This ranks up there with the Ed Askew/Charlie Nothing/Michael Chapman show as one of the better live music events I’ve ever been witness to. Long live Jimi Paulix!
– Dante Carfagna
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