When my review copy of Blue-Eyed Hawk's Under the Moon dropped through the letter box I took one look and promptly despatched it off to one of our other reviewers deciding that this wasn't for me.
I was wrong!
Boy was I wrong!
Last night, hearing the band live, I regretted my impetuousness for this was indeed something special. In his review Hugh remarks on their cross genre approach which they certainly have. Eon, a genial, curling, golfing, bass playing chap frae Edinburgh sitting next to me, commented on the variety of music served up and it truly was very much a pot-pourri but not, I hasten to add, a mish mash!
All four players provided the material and I think we can even include Over the Rainbow - referred to here as Somewhere - as an original. Harold Arlen had little to do with this version apart from the additional sound effects as he turned over in his grave! Quite an amazing version.
Kinsella's intonation is spot on, her wordless phrases worthy of Norma Winstone or the early Cleo Laine. Living in the Fast Lane was frantic and lived up to the title. Jurd and Kinsella had some duo moments that were an absolute knock out, as was Corrie Dick's fiery drumming.
There was also delicate guitar chording from Roth as well as no holds barred thrashes.
Surprisingly, one of the most effective numbers was the finale - Valediction. A tender, emotional piece that tore at my inner soul.
Blue-Eyed Hawk appear at Splinter's October 5 session at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.