Yet another fine lunchtime performance today at Basement Discs in the person of Chris Wilson, with Shane O’Mara providing superb guitar backing to Chris’s vocals and harmonica.
Chris is yet another Melbourne singer/songwriter who has been around for many years. I first came across him when I was a patron of the Dan O’Connell Hotel in the 1980s and Chris was a resident player there.
His music is a blend of blues, roots and rock, and he has a truly remarkable voice – a powerful alto tenor that has heaps of soul. He is also a master of the harmonica and plays great bluesy blasts on it.
Today’s performance was exceptionally good and a bigger than normal crowd was there to witness it. I managed to get my usual good position for photographs. Chris was a joy to photograph, with his habit of unconsciously striking dramatic poses. These make for classic musician photos, something that is hard to come by with some artists.
As well as being a fine singer and musician Chris is also a great songwriter. Unfortunately I can’t provide an example, as his lyrics are not generally available on the Internet. You will have to take my word for it
The photo below is of Shane O’Mara - I like the red, black and cream effect with the orange-red steel guitar and the red rope in the background with the shadow cast on the cream wall. (click photos for larger versions)
The Basement Discs stage is bedecked with purple curtains draped in red cords and chrome baubles. It’s only very small, but a host of superb musicians have played there over the years, some quite famous like Donovan, Richard Thompson, Tony Joe White and Fairport Convention to name a few.
There is only one in-store show scheduled for June, but as it is old Melbourne rock band Spectrum, it should be pretty sensational as well.