by Bill Forman
I don’t think it would be going out on a limb to say that there can’t be more than a handful of people in this whole state who’ve heard or even heard of Lindisfarne, a British folk-rock band that had hits in the ’70s with catchy sing-alongs like “Meet Me on the Corner” and "Lady Eleanor." So it was odd to hear Colorado Springs singer-songwriter Nick Davey singing the band’s “Fog on the Tyne” recently at Rico’s Café & Wine Bar, and then to hear “Meet Me on the Corner” this morning at the downtown Pikes Perk.
OK, not exactly an Anvil-scale revival, but it turns out that Lindisfarne is in fact being played on five different XM Satellite Radio stations, which is how most coffee shops get their background music these days. (Except for Poor Richard’s, which relies on a yellowing first-generation iPod.) And Davey, of course, spent centuries in the U.K. before emigrating to Colorado Springs. So it all makes sense, kind of.
Regardless, you can catch Davey this Saturday night when he returns to Rico’s with Cool for Cats (his duo with Jeremy Facknitz, which takes its name from a Squeeze song, but you knew that) or at his solo gig the following Friday (happy Hanukkah!) at the same venue.
You could even shock the hell out of him by joining in on the first chorus. It goes: “The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine / The fog on the Tyne is all mine / The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine / The fog on the Tyne is all mine.” Print this out now so you don’t forget.