Artists: Lanterns On The Lake and The Andy Needham Band
Venue:The Parish, Huddersfield
Review by: James Bentley
THE doors of the Parish open again for another bargain Friday evening of entertainment, the beanbags lining the wall and candles on the tables promising a night of mellow music.
First up is Huddersfield student Adam Legg. He sits on a high stool with an acoustic guitar and a nervous smile.
Shades of Jose Gonzales and Martin Grech mesh together to create spellbinding melodies.
Hauntingly delicate vocals float bobbing atop his ambient picking.
The only problem is the length of his performance with a set that is far too short with just five songs. I could’ve easily watched him all night, a promising prospect if ever there was one.
Part two of the Huddersfield-based acoustic solo artists couldn’t be any more different.
Ben Marron strolls on stage wisecracking before launching into the loud chords of “Tick Tocking”. The songs are jolly and loud bringing smiles to faces around the room.
Ben seems at ease on the stage, talking at length between the songs about their meanings. Even a drunken harpy and a malfunctioning microphone stand, don’t detract from his set.
The songs are simply chords and a Kings Of Leon style generic voice but they are still pleasing. His set goes on 10 or 15 minutes too long but still it’s a solid if unspectacular set.
Geordie duo, The Andy Needham Band, have the final support slot but do little to differentiate themselves from the masses of folk indie dross around.
The keyboard adds a nice touch to a few of the tracks as does the harmonica but even that never elevates them over tolerable.
A disappointing performance from a man described as Dylan’s protege.
Headliners, Lanterns On The Lake gingerly walk on stage (a tight squeeze for 6 people and a drumset) to little reaction.
This changes quickly after a couple of songs, as singer and guitarist Hazel Wilde’s voice oozes softly over the soothing ambient soundscape of instruments.
Particularly of note is the violin and guitar played with a bow, which adds gravitas to an assured performance.
It’s the kind of music you want playing as you sink into a warm bath on a cold night, it wraps you with cotton wool, filling your head and heart with warmth. The only problem is with just two EP releases there is very little to play and within half an hour the band are finished, leaving you with a wistful melancholy and a desire for more, as the night is bought to a beautiful conclusion.