Wednesday, 17 November 2010

live and unamplified at the book club.

last sunday saw the second instalment of the live and unamplified night at the book club, showcasing both signed and unsigned acts in an acoustic and intimate setting. perfect for a relaxing sunday evening, all female group this is laura played folky blues. folky traveller felix holt followed with a melancholic take on his european wanderings.
things stepped up a gear with the seven strong a cappella city shanty band, who reinvent sea shanties with an urban twist. they sang original pieces and also fitted their stories of grog and hackney drunken riders to traditional shanties. raymond antrobus followed with a number of humorous and touching spoken word poems.
after this the stand out character of the night, benjin, played his set. he plays beautiful classical guitar, harp, and sings. however being (almost scarily) obsessed with ac milan, a number of his songs are either named after or about legendary footballers from the italian club. his songs are lifted directly from life: also recited were stories of eating ice cream and delivering post in north london. finally painfully shy label mates kerry leatham and peter lyons played a lovely set to close the evening, combining all manner of instruments (banjo, xylophone and synth to name a few) with heart-felt harmonies to create an atmosphere you can easily float off into.
the night returns to warm your winter evening on sunday 12th december.

[callum dickson]

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