group called SAILOR is at once the most European and in
some ways the most English folk-based band on the pop
It is folk-based because it draws its inspiration from
the circus, the fairground, the French café-concert and
the earliest form of music hall and continental cabaret.
Consisting of three young Englishmen and a
singer-songwriter of Norwegian origin (Georg Kajanus, who
gains in confidence and style with every appearance),
SAILOR ended their largest European tour with an
exhilarating performance at the New Victoria Theatre.
Their appeal is as strong to the young as it is to much
older, more nostalgic audiences. This in itself is good,
as there is a curious kind of innocence at the core of
their act, even though the main music hall quality
derives from the uninnocent conventional
"magic" of seaports and seaport songs. The
innocence, in fact, is in the music; nostalgic without
being bland, tremendously evocative of a whole era.