Venue: The Parish
Review by: Katie Campling
ACOUSTIC nights are a great way to discover who has true talent, as musicians are stripped of electronic wizardry and must rely on their instrument and vocals alone.
But, such nights tend to have a reputation for being a bit pretentious.
There’s nothing wrong with being serious about the music – as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously on stage.
Thankfully, The Parish has brought us a new night which breaks this stereotypical mould.
The audience and all three acts were at the Kirkgate venue last Wednesday to do one thing – have a good time.
Opening the night was Huddersfield singer-songwriter Tim Malster, making his solo acoustic debut.
He did not disappoint, delivering a short, sharp set of original tracks, mixing well-structured songs with lyrics that were at times emotional, at others humorous.
Just one cover was performed – Violent Femmes Blister In The Sun – which was pulled off with panache. Second on stage were duo Flabble and The Bear – ‘Flabble’ being the female vocalist, with ‘The Bear’ on guitar duty.
They performed a set of well-known covers, including a re-working of No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley.
Headlining the event were Alex Quinn and The Man In The Street.
Huddersfield singer-songwriter Alex Quinn is the brains behind this acoustic outfit, which features him on guitar and vocals, plus a bassist, drummer and fiddler.
Followers of the local scene may know Alex from previous incarnations.
But with The Man In The Street, he has found his niche, winning over the Parish crowd with a passionate and polished set.
The band were a tightly honed unit, with all the instruments adding depth to the music.
Alex’s songs all have a message and you can tell they come from the heart, by the feeling he pours into his moving vocal performance.
The style has a touch of folk, which you might not expect to go down well in a predominantly rock venue.
But nobody cared – by the end of the gig, even hardened metal fans declared the performance excellent, proving it really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing it well.
Find out more at www.myspace.com/alexquinnmusic
The winner of the comedy tickets is Isobel Lockwood, of Newsome