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Monday, October 06, 2014

Blue-Eyed Hawk @ the Bridge Hotel. October 5

Lauren Kinsella (voice/keys), Alex Roth (guitar, effects, voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet, synth, voice), Corrie Dick (drums, percussion, voice).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Third appearance by Blue-Eyed Hawk within these hallowed pages, second showing in Newcastle by Kinsella this week and a first rate performance at last night's Splinter session at the Bridge Hotel.
Hugh Cochrane gave a fair assessment of their début CD Under the Moon, I was present at the CD launch at Kings Place last month and, even as I type, Steve H may have words winging their way to me re Lauren's gig at Kings Hall on Thursday (the girl certainly moves amongst the crowned heads!).
The gig at Kings Place scored on the grounds that each member of the quartet stepped up to the mic and gave the audience a snippet or two about the pieces they individually wrote.
Very little of that last night. However, hearing and seeing the band within the confines of the pub as opposed to row ZZ in the Sage-like hall down at Kings Place was a totally different ball game! At KP I was at an enjoyable concert, here I was in the centre of a musical maelstrom  - Living in the Fast Lane (final number before number 27 bus lured me away - thank God the driver hadn't heard it!) was just that and Somewhere (Over the Rainbow) gave a different take to the tale of the Wizard of Oz.. In this version Dorothy is blown to buggery and it is the Wicked Witch of the West who runs off with the Tin Man.
Kinsella is indeed a sorceress capable of bewitching the listener with her flawless pitching and the vocal/trumpet passages are sheer magic. Jurd, laid back, played trumpet and keys (sometimes simultaneously) quite restrained albeit not without the occasional flourish that tells you that behind the Milesian exterior there is a Dizzy fighting to be free! Roth and Dick contributed to the proceedings admirably, the former, not content with merely (merely!) playing guitar, also concocted sound potions using an ebow (I think) and fiddling with foot pedals whilst Dick varied his attack using sticks (sometimes 2 in each hand) and mallets as well as changing cymbals more times than most people change their socks in a week!
It was different.
It was an experience.
It was excellent.
Lance.

2 comments :

Dave Sayer said...

I was at last nights gig and maelstrom is the most apt description. It was exciting, provocative stuff. I listened to the album on the way home and decided that this is what they need on the next Eddie Stobart Trucking CD.
Cheers
Dave

Ken Drew (on F/b) said...

Spot-on review Lance. Spellbinding and raucous all in the same performance! Great stuff, and a real treat to see them in Newcastle.

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