Any twits who were scared of the cold missed something to warm the dirtiest of cockles. First strummy picky, then coolly arty, finishing with paddy wacky.
Maybe the weather or lots of students going off protesting resulted in a slow start to the evening, but that didn’t faze the cool of William Gray. Formally of the Smokestacks, and now playing his own songs with just his guitar, his experience dripped from every song. All excellently crafted bundles of his personality which slowly drew silence from the room and ever-growing applause. http://www.myspace.com/giantgraystacks
Then came Forty Million Mexicans (in such a small space as well). Well slap a duck and call it Boris, that girl can sing. Her operatic voice swooped and dived, those stood next to me audible gasped. But her vocal prowess was used sparingly, adding to the impact when she did let rip. No bass, just guitar, piano and drums still created a full sound. Original and engaging, they were lots better than I was expecting. Kinda indie folk, but such a simple description doesn’t really do them credit. Heres the link so you can decide, but so much better live you are obliged to hunt them down. http://www.myspace.com/fortymillionmexicans
It would be wrong not to mention the sound problems at the end, or the strange ending. Something stopped the clarinet, and the vocal just disappeared. Then they decided not to play their last song. Gig are supposed to start badly and get better, not the other way around.
From the Raggel Taggel Gypsy, with a bit of the Wonderstuff, some Levellers, Pogues and a shamrocks worth of trad Irish Fiddle tunes, Jacks Rake (not Jakes as some numpty put on the poster) had the place screaming for more by the time they had finished. They couldn’t suppress the smiles on their faces, and played the deserved encore. One of Sheffield’s favorites, with good reason. Loads of energy and crazy fiddles. http://www.myspace.com/jacksrake
Next Month FREE MINCE PIES, and the full on Pop Folk dance antics of those Happy Red Tractors, those lovely people of Jack and Gills Daughter, and The Acutes. A stella line up for Christmas, still free and you can hear them all before coming down, links below.