We were back at Green Note on Thursday 15 October 2015 to see these three acts, particularly Bouche that we had seen in The Den at Cambridge Folk Festival earlier in the year:
Samantha Whates is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice, orginally from Montrose but now based in London. Her solo projects include the ‘Dark Nights Make for Brighter Days’ album. Samantha has also worked and recorded with Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code), MG Boulter (Lucky Strikes), Fiona Bevan, Chris Coco and Gwyneth Herbert amongst many others.
Bouche is the music of songwriter, double bass player and singer Rebekah Robertson, accompanied by trumpet /flugelhorn and electric guitar, and occasionally violin and viola. The songs are a kind of “blue-jazz hymnal”; the honesty and rawness of the blues, with melodic salutes to early jazz and a sense of pathos and drama that nods in the direction of 18th /19th century hymns and British folk.
Light levels were particularly low with Rebekah on a stage extension outside of the main pool of light!
Whiskey Moon Face
Whiskey Moon Face are an alternative folk trio based around double bass, accordion and clarinet, with vocals and lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. Recently returned from a tour of Russia.
Kris played quite a few of the songs from her new album ‘Blood Test’ and also some older numbers. She seemed to be having a great time, making fun of Hayward about not being able to read her writing, so not knowing what song was coming next. The venue was full and the audience most appreciative.
So, last night, 14 April 2015, we went to see Jo Lawry at Green Note in Camden. She’s just completed a tour promoting her new album ‘Taking Pictures’, in between appearing as a featured vocalist with Sting and Paul Simon on their current world tour headlining at major venues.
Another great evening – Jo has an amazing voice and the songs from the new album were really excellent. I particualarly liked the title track and ‘I said No’, along with her diet with husband Will Vinson on Saxaphone.
Of particular note was Jamey Haddad’s subtle and unconventional percussion, involving sawn-off brooms and thighs.
This was a complete contrast to the tiny gig we went to at Green Note last week. First Aid Kit, whom none of our friends seem to have heard of, filled the relaunched Eventim Apollo, which has a capacity of around 5,000. One of the highlights was ‘Ghost Town’ performed without microphones in this massive venue! Another was a cover of Jack White’s ‘Love Interruption’.
Here are a couple of long telephoto shots from our seats towards the rear of the circle:
We had a great night out on 3 December 2014 with The Moulettes headlining at the West End Centre in Aldershot. They are variously described as an English alt-folk or indie folk band, incorporating orchestral and progressive elements into their music’s original, dynamic and other-worldly sound.
They played at Cambridge Folk Festival in 2014, which is where I first heard them. I’m now a proud owner of their current album ‘Constellations’ and also The Bear’s Revenge from 2011-2012.
Here are a few Videos from YouTube as an introduction to their music: