The Dylan Project
Take four of Britain’s most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you’ve got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Dave Pegg (bass) and Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) from Fairport Convention, Phil Bond (keys) and singer Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. Only London show.
There is so much to relish in the Dylan Project. For a start there’s the laconic and charismatic Steve Gibbons, sounding uncannily like Dylan while retaining his own inimitable vocal style. As well as Steve’s homage to Dylan himself, the Project’s musicians are equally fine interpreters of the virtuosity of The Band. There’s PJ Wright’s scintillating slide and haunting pedal steel; on the first studio album Simon Nicol adds compelling rhythm guitar and fine backing vocals; Dave Pegg bringing his beautifully subtle and powerful bass lines, and Gerry Conway holding the whole groove with a tour de force on drums and percussion. As a bonus on Dylan Project Live At Cropredy Festival (the second album) John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick’s keyboards commemorate the characteristic quality which Garth Hudson’s organ brought to Dylan’s mid-period, now provided live by Phil Bond’s piano, organ and accordion work.