CW Stoneking review – wry revivalist makes party music for the present

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Moth Club, London
The droll Australian repurposes old trad jazz, blues, calypso and country sounds into fresh, absurdist entertainment

Revivalists of bygone music lend themselves to nostalgia, cabaret and twee fetishisation of the past. It’s a rare act who eludes this trap; CW Stoneking is one.

What Gillian Welch is to bluegrass and Black Lips are to 1960s garage rock, Stoneking is to black American popular music of the early 20th century: an artist of deep and varied knowledge and technique. Not bad going for a white man from Australia’s Northern Territory (albeit born to American parents).

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