Review: The Poozies at The Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham

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Despite being together for 25 years, in various line-ups, The Poozies clearly still enjoy performing and tonight were larger than life.

The Ashcroft is a charming venue and the sell-out crowd obviously loved every minute. Each member brought their own unique style and voice to the concert: From Mary’s harp through to Mairearad’s accordian.

There is a new album out in May and we were treated to a fair selection of it including Southern Cross, wonderfully sung by Sally Barker; the amusing Small Things in the Cupboards and the powerful Three Chords And The Truth.

It wasn’t just the new album though. Many traditional songs were played and the very first album was revisited with their rousing version of XTC’s Love On A Farmboy’s Wages.

It’s not just the music at a Poozies concert – all four members contributed to the fun with lots of interesting anecdotes between songs. Eilidh Shaw was particularly funny when she told how she was guided to Fareham’s M&S store by some locals – the very long way round.

They played for more than two hours with a short interval – no support band needed. On top of that they all appeared at the end and stood happily signing CDs and chatting with the very happy fans. Wonderful music, played brilliantly and sung to perfection.