Review: Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Bo Ningen

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It was a night of few words as folk artist Johnny Flynn and his band The Sussex Wit threw themselves into their set.

Omitting introductions until well after the 10th number, the set mixed songs from the group’s most recent album, Country Mile and from throughout their career.

It was the older, better known songs that were met with the loudest response, the first notes of The Box were almost drowned out with cheers and clapping.

Despite the lack of introductions, there was genuine interaction with the crowd, chants of ‘Tickle me, Johnny’ in reference to one of their best known songs – Tickle me Pink – were met with a cheeky response from the South African-born front man.

It was a pleasant surprise to find that the opening act, Cosmo Sheldrake also plays keyboards for The Sussex Wit. The talented one-man-act describes his style as ‘a collage of sound samples’, crediting one of his electro/trance mixes to the poet William Blake.

At the end of the night, neither the crowd nor the band was left disappointed.

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