Walked in to hear the last of Jazz Morley‘s set. Jazz has a wonderful voice which almost doesn’t need a PA system, the clarity of her vocals mean the lyrics can be enjoyed, coupled with keyboard chord harmonies.  Shame I  missed the first of the set.

Jazz was followed by Del Malone, doing a solo acoustic guitar set.  Del was formerly the front man of Parker, two of which are also with Streebeck. Del alluded to this in one of his songs, co-written with Kevin, Streebeck’s front man.  Del was able to showcase an impressive vocal range, while the guitar work wasn’t as tricksy impressive as some, it was a good foundation for his strongly sung lyrics.

Last band on the bill were The Harriots, in from London after the Oxjam fundraiser at The Portman, and following on from a recording session in Penn Hill.  These chaps impressed, not just becuase they had brought a small following with them. In particular the second song of the set, which name I didn’t catch, woke the whole place up – shame more people weren’t there, their stuff is very jumpy and insists to be danced to. 

One other thing – they seemed to be having the worst gig ever. The lead guitar broke a string in the first song, and fortunately they had brought a backup guitar  – which then broke a string in the second song.  To cap it all the rhythm guitarist also broke a string, causing some swapping around for one of the songs where it seemed that particular string was needed.

According to their videographer the instruments had been fine all weekend, what with the Oxjam gig and a long recording session, so could have just been the atmospherics of leaving them out in the cold then bringing them into the warm venue.

Overall, the unusual style of having the bass and ryhthm guitars mirroring each other worked really well for me, and while the front man might not be the most energetic for the style of music played, they just got on with the stuff and showed they could play, while overcoming obstacles.  Impressive stuff.

First act up (before I arrived) was Mr Nodge (website not known), apparently went down really well, and I heard he seemed to have enough material to have carried on all night if there hadn’t been another 3 acts following him. According to Solid Air‘s Conrad, he brought a sizeable crowd with him for his debut gig. One to look out for in the future.

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