By Andy Fawthrop
Sunday afternoons in Devizes can often be a bit of a dead slot as far as musical entertainment is concerned, so hats off to The Three Crowns in Maryport Street for introducing some great laid-back live music sessions. Following several successful sessions in their very pleasant courtyard over the Summer, the music has now moved inside to the bar as the temperatures start to drop.
But there was no lack of warmth yesterday when Joe Hicks took to the mike. We dropped in for a couple of pints to catch his sets and were not disappointed. Delivering a seamless mixture of self-penned songs with a wide range of covers, Joe has a winning personal style. His infectious engagement with a supportive and vocal audience made for a great afternoon’s entertainment. Having only briefly caught part of his sets previously, it was great to just relax with a drink and give the guy a proper listen. Accompanied by some laid-back and sympathetic drumming, Joe’s guitar work was first class. He’s got a great voice too, which he used to great effect.
We loved his ability to vary his approach, texturing his vocals to suit the song. Whilst some singer/ songwriters come across as a little single-dimensional after a few songs, this was not a trap Mr. Hicks fell into.
Great atmosphere – really enjoyed the gig and made us want to go see him again.
If you’ve not been to The Three Crowns, and you’ve not heard Joe Hicks before, then both come highly recommended.