Sunday evening 23 November and the Chetnole Inn was packed – not with diners for a change but an audience keen to hear The Old Boston Tea Party with long time Hermitage resident Jeremy Cozens on mandolin, experienced song writer Charlie Boston on (most) lead vocals and guitar, Pete Orgill on fiddle and highly accomplished versatile bassist David Hatfield.
The excitement was palpable as the band kicked off on the dot of 7.30 and continued for most of the evening. Jeremy explained how nervous he was as he has rarely played a gig so near to home, but he need not have worried, the Wriggle Valley was fully behind him. Using American bluegrass as a nexus they moved through a variety of musical styles of songs, instrumentals, jigs and reels that left the audience exhilarated and delighted.
Charlie is a songwriter of much creativity and invention and we were treated to a number of his own songs among the more traditional country and western songs that could be expected. The set finished with a setting of Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing on My Mind” which was faithful to the original yet had the “Olde Boston Tea Party” touch. Dextrous work around the fret board from Jeremy and Pete was frequently applauded and the Chetnole crowd was much appreciative of the individual skills in the band and the vocal harmonies that often underscore.
Michael and Jim Aldhouse
Wiggle Valley Magazine (no.272) February 2015