Bequiffed balladeer pulls out all the tricks
And like his hairstyle celebrates the flicks
Joe Stilgoe – a sharp-suited and even sharper-witted jazz musician “of sorts” (his self-deprecating words, not mine) – wrote the title track to my favourite singer Liane Carroll’s recent album Seaside which was named Best New CD at last year’s British Jazz Awards. It is a beautiful love song tinged with nostalgia about seizing the moment before it’s too late which contains the lyric “come kiss me quickly, we might not have long before all this is washed away”. Change the words “kiss me” to “see him” and you have my verdict on Stilgoe’s excellent gig-cum-show at Assembly Checkpoint in Edinburgh which runs until the 27th of August.