Numero Group: By The Numbers


Spanish Jazz, Hendrix Style
April 5, 2010, 8:15 am
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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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Great job Dante but I’m pretty sure it was “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” or whatever it’s called. 30 seconds into it I told those around me it was the definitive version. I was right, even though Jimi didn’t break out the English accent he used on some of his originals.

Comment by Hesske

Also, the performance WAS recorded. I’ll keep you posted. email me at hesske@msun.edu

Comment by Hesske

(^_^) – wow.

Comment by icastico

If you, or anyone you know can give me any information about contacting David Welsh, that would be great! I would love to reissue “Blue Accent Lightning”. I’m in the process of doing official reissues of similarly amazing private presses right now: Kenneth Higney’s “Attic Demonstration” and Ron Warren Ganderton’s “Sound Ceremony”.

Nick/Feeding Tube Records

Comment by Nick Williams

oh, yeah. you can reach me at nick.feedingtube@gmail.com

thanks!

Comment by Nick Williams




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