|The Beggar Girls|
Adam Holmes was a name I hadn't heard before, but his star appears to be in the ascendant, and one can see why. Personable and comfortable on stage, melodic without being overly challenging, and with a top notch band, one can understand why he was a nominee at the Radio 2 National Folk Awards. Possibly an Edinburgh version of Paulo Nuttini?
For some weird reason, even though the Storm played well, all the band felt a tad flat afterwards, but no-one could quite explain why. Once could point to the lack of a good monitor sound on-stage, but that's par for the course at pretty much any gig, and by all accounts it sounded good out front. It's possibly a case of post-launch comedown, the next few gigs probably won't be able to match that for audience interest/reaction.
Secret CD's has to be one of the best regular music nights in town, for an extremely reasonable £3. Hat's off to ol' Hairy Legs (James Igoe to you) for bothering his arse and actually doing it.
I also went to a folk session at The Canon's Gait last night, ably overseen by Frank Burkitt. I'd also gone last Saturday too, as a way of practising more percussion ahead of Wednesday's gig. I came to the conclusion that I like folk-tinged things, but I'm not especially keen on straight folk music. I feel the same way about country music, and, to a lesser extent, about jazz music. Blues music is the exception to this, I don't mind listening to pretty much any Blues, like Howlin' Wolf. Shake it like a willow tree!