The Sea Of Music
Last time out I finished with mention of La Mar de Músicas Festivale (The Sea of Music Festival) that’s been running all week here in Cartagena.
The week’s not quite over yet but for us the finale was last night; UB40 at the Parques Torres.
Parques Torres is up the hill behind the marina high above the city. It’s a stunning location. The photo below should give you some idea. It’s not UB40 on stage by the way.
Now if there are any die hard UB40 fans reading this I know I’m running a risk. Apparently there’s an ongoing acrimonious dispute between members of the founding Campbell clan. End result is that there are actually two UB40 bands touring right now.
Ali Campbell is playing with two other original members Astro (trumpet / percussion) and Mickey Virtue (keyboards).
Robin Campbell is playing with remaining original members Brian Travers (sax / horn arrangements), Earl Falconer (bass), Norman Hassan (percussion, trombone, vocals), Duncan Campbell (lead vocals) and James Brown (drums).
It’s the latter we saw last night. Some might say Ali’s band is the real UB40. Robin’s wins out on original member numbers though.
There’s a lot more to this story of course but frankly I’m not interested. It’s a shame but there you go. Typical of Brummies to end up fighting. All I will say is that the UB40 we saw last night were brilliant. Perfect musicianship, great interaction with the crowd, all the old favorites on the set list including ‘Red Red Wine’ (During which Gail most definitely got a wave from Duncan) and ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’. We loved it.
Here’s a bit of video shot on my old iPhone. The song is ‘Baby Tonight’ which they’d put back in the set list as a tribute to the late great Robert Palmer with whom they originally recorded it back in 1990.