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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

CD Review: Snowpoet - Thought You Knew

Lauren Kinsella (vocals, backing vocals, lyrics);  Chris Hyson (electric bass, double bass, piano, synths, composer); Nicholas Costley-White (acoustic guitar); Matthew Robinson (guitar); Dave Hamlett (drums); Josh Arcoleo (saxophone); also Alice Zawadski (violin); Francesca Ter-Berg ( cello); Lloyd Haines (drums and percussion, tracks 1,2, 7)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This is Snowpoet’s second album, following their highly acclaimed debut album in 2016. The band is led by Lauren Kinsella (Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year 2016) and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson from the creative new London jazz scene. All the words and music are original except for the songs Dear Someone (Gillian Welch) and Snow (Emiliana Torrini) and 2 of the 10 tracks are instrumentals.

The singing is sweet, yet also strong and sensitive, and the musicianship, as stated in the information notes, reaches ‘supreme levels’. So why was I disappointed on listening to the CD? I’m sorry to say that I was somewhat bored by the songs as I found the lyrics confusing and sometimes inconsequential.  I’m uncertain of why the CD is called Thought You Knew, as it has no obvious connection with the songs, unless it’s a general comment about the songs which appear to be mostly love songs. Perhaps I need to listen again, but I doubt it, as most of the lyrics are printed on the CD insert, so I know what they are.  Perhaps I’m just not on the same wavelength as the writer.

Most of the CD is not what I’d call jazz but is closer to contemporary folk. The Therapist opens with a sweet voice over rippling guitar, with a background of synths.  Under The Trees is an instrumental which evokes the countryside with synths and light percussion. Love Again is more successful as a song, because ‘we can love again’ is constantly repeated to various backing instruments, more rhythmical and a bit jazzy. I quite liked Dear Someone, which is sung acappella with vocal harmony. Other song titles were: Water Baby; Snow; Pixel; It’s Already Better Than OK;  Another Step and the other instrumental is Two Of Cups, repeated riffs with some fine playing from the cello.  

The album is available as a CD, LP or digitally, and the release date was February 9. The band is touring from March 1, mostly in Ireland. The nearest place they come to Newcastle is Birmingham!

Ann Alex

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

this is awful writing

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