GIG REVIEW – Folk Night Live 2

On Friday 12th June Cafe INDIEpendent held the second Folk Night Live Event hosted by local folk band Ramble Gamble.

11639386_10155700033125704_413914546_oBefore the bands took to the stage there was a demonstration of Taiko drumming from 3 members of the Humber Taiko society. They brought three big drums to the party and one absolutely massive one that required two people to play.  Emma, Lisa and Amy showed off their rhythmical skills and did all sorts of flourishes and oriental dance steps as they played. The moves added something special to the performance.  Personally I was reminded of old samurai film soundtracks and watching Shogun as a little kid. Impressive and authentic, a unique and striking introduction to the night.
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11638963_10155700033155704_1693545837_oThe opening band were Isembard’s Wheel a group of modern folk musicians from Sheffield fronted by the eponymous Alexander Isembard along with Toby Morris , Lucy Brookfield,  Steve McCarthy  and Rebekah Foard.  I had a listen to some of their recordings and they sounded a lot more mellow with less instrumentation than their live set which seemed more lively, which made sense for an audience. But both ways of listening are worth checking out, theres plenty to pick out and plenty to dance to. I think they’re playing a couple of venues during Tramlines if your heading to that. Cliffs (which they said they wrote in 15 minutes. Couldn’t tell. The ones written quick are always the best haha) and the Field Singer stood out for me. And talking of dancing, Isembard himself got down on the floor and accompanied the band with a rousing tap dance, which was a nice original touch.
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11638442_10155700033190704_1237642875_oWell Ramble Gamble. What can I say that I haven’t said someplace before. They’re good. Scunny’s best 5- piece straight-up folk band maybe? Maybe. The best beards certainly. They get better every time I see them. The songs get tighter and more intricate, their on stage presence gets larger so its not just great songs but entertainment. They added a gypsy themed romp called Sally & Nikolai, to the classics Beneath The Water, Tennessee Jack and the rest. And finished up among the welcoming crowd, instruments and all, for a sing along of Bring Me My Whisky, as they continue on their ceaseless quest to get that free drink. They probably deserved one for organising such a fine show though.

11539883_10155700033170704_1540014960_oThe final band of the evening were Holy Moly And The Crackers hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Made up of Conrad Bird,
Ruth Patterson,
Rosie Bristow,
Peter Hogan, Jamie Shields, and Tommy Evans. A really talented ensemble playing upbeat folk with a trumpet and a violin and accordion thrown in, with guitar and bass and some impeccable drumming as well. The look of travelling troubadours about them and the sort of sound you might imagine you would reel and rock to under gaslight, by the Seine, or in a smoky taproom in St Petersburg hiding from the rain. Brash and a soothing, smooth and startling, fun and fearsome and beautiful, well worth a dance and a vodka. I did note down my stand out songs but you know that cider was 8.2% and I can’t read my handwriting from this point in the evening. I think it says “pure and simple” and I think that refers to their Shepherd Song, rather than a Hear’say cover. I’m sure they played the awesome Devil And The Danube. Also if you click on their website link below it should start playing Comfort In Lies to you, a great little song.
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All in all a cracking night of folk with some fine folks. I would happily go watch any of the acts again. Well done to The Ramblers and Cafe Indie for another success, and thanks to Victoria Gray Photography for the article photos.

Review courtesy of Nick A

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