Review: Magda Piskorczyk and Slidin’ Slim – Live At Satyrblues

Posted on: Saturday, Dec 11, 2010

Magda Piskorczyk & Slidin’ Slim
“Live At Satyrblues”
(ArtGraff MPAGCD 002)

Magda is an excellent and slightly unusual deep-voiced female singer out of Poland, with some fine CDs to her credit – she also appeared in Liverpool a couple of years back; Slidin’ Slim is otherwise known as Anders Landelius, a Swedish singer and guitarist who again is an established talent. This CD finds these two musicians and a couple of members of Magda’s usual backing band playing together for the first time after a short rehearsal (25 minutes according to Slim, Magda says “10”). Not that you’d guess it from this accomplished set of acoustic based blues, with covers of songs from Bo Diddley, Eric Bibb, John Mooney, Mississippi Fred McDowell and others.

Although the focus is on acoustic music, Magda’s regular guitarist Aleksandra Siemieniuk plays electric and supplies several blistering solos, but still manages to keep things in context. The asides and the joshing between the two main artists help to  create a relaxed and appealing atmosphere, and Magda and Slim generally alternate the lead vocals – this is not a cutting contest but rather a meeting of two musicians who appreciate each others’ talents.

Magda is slowly becoming better known across Europe and a release like this will surely enhance her reputation.


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