Paddy Milner @ The Corn Exchange


Once every two or three years I go to see a band and they so seriously impress me that I wax lyrical for a few months afterwards.

Last night I saw the fabulous Paddy Milner and his big sounds. The concert was in memory of his mother who passed away not so long ago, and part of the charity concerts going on all weekend known as the Warm Festival.

Dorchester seems awash with things going on during the summer, so they all tend to blend in, but last night was definitely different. The corn exchange was filled to the brim with people wanting to see local boy done well, and they were definitely not disappointed.

If you don’t know much about Paddy Milner, then join the club. My musical friends have known about him for ages, but I have never taken the time to see him before, and boy was I missing out. Born in Edinburgh, Paddy’s family moved down to sunny Dorset when he was young. Despite learning classical music at first, he soon turned to Blues and Jazz where he showed a remarkable talent. After graduation he signed for Bronze records and eventually released the album Walking on Eggshells, which reached no.1 in France’s Jazz/Blues charts. His current album Based on a True Story, has a cracking version of the Violent Femmes song “Blister in the sun”.

His next album recorded in Paris is due for release in a couple of months.

If you are still not sure who he is, check out the recent Joss Stone album, Colour Me free, which has our Paddy tinkling the ivories alongside.

Although watching him now, I couldn’t figure out what surprised me the most, how good he and his fantastic band were, or the fact that his father used to teach me Economics! To be honest, when I spoke to some of the other musical guys, they told me they still can’t stop calling his father Mr Milner despite the fact they have known him for years and have all left school ages ago.

From the very first bars of “Rolling and Rolling”, you could tell you were in for something special. A fantastic mix of Jamie Cullum style Jazz, leading to a cacophony of good old Rhythm and Blues,  meant a smooth start with a fantastic New Orleans style finish, that got all the 200 strong crowd throwing their chairs back and dancing with abandon.

He was well supported too with Marcus Bofanti whacking out a fair few great tunes in his very deep almost guttural voice grinding through tracks like a young Cab Calloway.

Having satisfied the crowd for 90 minutes they climaxed the unbelievable show by coming down from the stage into the audience, whilst still playing their instruments, to have a big ol’ dance with their family, friends and fans.

I can honestly say I have never seen a gig in Dorchester so good.

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~ by eggplantinspace on August 21, 2010.

One Response to “Paddy Milner @ The Corn Exchange”

  1. Saw them last night as well, and the same as you I see them every few years. Paddy has so much talent and is supported by a fantastic band. Shame he didn’t play Big Pimpin’ tho! 😛

    *****
    FANTASTIC

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