Robyn Hitchcock Live Stream from Tubby’s House on Mandolin 01/25/23
I’ve missed too many Robyn streams here at the end of the year/start of the new year, so it’s time to get with the Groovers again. Robyn (AND the marvelous Emma Swift) are now streaming on Mandolin, and do shows from Tubby’s House in London when they are not residing in Nashville, TN. This week’s show opened with an intro, an introduction of Tubby, (sitting on a stool next to Robyn), and announcing an all request show starting with 'Debbie Reynolds,’ followed by a beautiful, poppy ‘Ferries.’ Next was a stately version of ‘My Sins.’ Following a brief discussion with Emma, Reg played ‘Vibrating’ and ‘Globe of Frogs,’ both from the same record. Emma Swift appeared, replacing Tubby, and the duo thanked fans for contributing to the Fancy Feast Fund.
The duo launched into an intimate version of ‘Madonna Of The Wasps,' their voices, as always, complementing each other perfectly. After an extended convo, the duo picked up with a groovin’ ‘Ride.’ Next was another long convo, discussing rump, Ron Wood, Perry the Lobster, and more, then Emma left to check the online chat, while Reg played a fast ‘Sinister But She Was Happy.’ Next up, he played an instrumental ('Mr. Ringerson’s Picnic’) from his upcoming instrumental album Life After Infinity. This one had a bit of a ragtime feel.
Now it was time for Perry the Lobster to read the news from year zero, followed by ‘Holloway Johnny,’ an Irish sea shanty(!). Right into a beautiful ‘I Often Dream Of Trains,’ and the return of Emma Smith at the end brought some real frivolity. Reg got it together and the duo did a power-pop style version of ‘UpTo Our Nex.' Em took off and Robyn did a fantastic version of ‘Cathedral.’ Last song coming up, Emma appeared and they both said goodbye and thanks, then Robyn played ‘Element of Light,’ just killing it with his fingerpicking and singing on a fantastic song and “raga-ing out” in the middle and at the end, switching to an old, cheap Kay 50’s guitar and totally going full raga.
This was quite an expansive and thought-provoking show. As the new year comes in, Robyn appears to be getting even better and stronger. It is great to be along for this ride, watching him improving with his very talented muse, Emma Swift. I think we will see big things for this duo this year.