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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, August 08, 2002
    Beware bad joke
     
    The joy of summer! A free Wednesday evening - and so, to Liverpool University with an old friend to see the Indigo Girls in concert. I don't know their music well - haven't really listened to them in the decade since I saw them supporting 10,000 Maniacs at the Royal Albert Hall - but I knew that it was full-on country with a radical lyrical edge, and that was enough to attract me back to them.

    The Indigo Girls are big advocates for the gay lobby and the audience reflected that; in one song they critique the church for its 'unloving' attitude to that community, but after it they spoke more positively about changing attitudes. I guessed they'd been impressed by the the 'open and affirming' North American churches, but doubted they'd say the same if they were doing their lobbying in the UK. Not yet anyway.

    I've seen some memorable gigs in that theatre - Stiff Little Fingers, Throwing Muses, the phenomenal Fall. This didn't compare. But it was a good night nevertheless. Notices outside told us that at 11.00 there'd be a band on called 'CURFEW'. But they never showed; instead, the lights went up, so we came home, ears buzzing.