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David Broad and Band at the Piston Pelican in Paris

May 14, 2011

That headline sounds like a tongue twister. But I can assure you that the way David Broad plays guitar, it’s a finger-twister. This man from Leeds, England, is one of the best finger pickers I’ve seen live, and he fits firmly in the tradition of Davey Graham.

Unfortunately he will be returning to England at the end of the month after several months in Paris. Last night, though, I had a last chance to see him again and a first chance to see him in a full band situation, with a bass player, drummer and violinist. He tore the Piston Pelican bar apart.

By the end of the evening it was about people dancing around the limited floor space, and calling for an encore. A completely fabulous show and a very cool bar I had never heard of before.

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