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Mundy Turner

The Salutation, Doncaster
Monday 16 January 2006

The Sal got off to a cracking start with Mundy Turner tonight, eventhough we are still suffering from the cultural desert that is Doncaster. I can completely understand why the majority of the towns population of 286,865 people living in 121,000 households in an area covering 58,000 hectares would prefer to stay at home watching Big Brother because I know these people. What I can't understand is why all the people I know 'on the scene' stay away in droves. Most of the audience were from Wakefield and one young fan even caught the train up from Birmingham.

Mundy Turner are one of my favourite live duos, not only for the great songs but for their infectious personalities. I defy anyone not to instantly warm to Cath Mundy, not even someone from Doncaster. Okay, I'll stop being hard on my home town now before I start believing it. Of course Donny people come out to be entertained, The Dome has 1.5 million visitors per year - although I suspect half of those people come from out of town - doh! I can't help it, I'm a cynic. 

Cath and Jay ploughed through their set like rampant antipodean groundhogs, delivering the goods in chronological order. They played most of the best songs from their three studio albums plus some from Jay's solo days and a couple of new ones as yet unreleased. Sarajevo Waltz, High Life, Walking The William Jolly, Separation Street, The Transportation of Sarah, The Quivering and Crooked House were all there, all performed with an assured confidence rarely seen these days. The highlights for me though - and because I'm pretty democratic when it comes to these two, I choose one from the pen of each writer - were Cath's beautiful Wilderland, which still sends a tingle, and Jay's gorgeous Naked, a song that he actually dedicated to moi! How nice was that? totally unexpected. It's all because of an email that I famously sent to them back in 2001 when I was lost and their music helped. They say they still have the email printed and framed on their kitchen wall - to give inspiration when they feel they are flagging, apparently.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky