Nati Dreddd is one of those artists who gained a following during lockdown by live streaming songs and performances on a popular app. You know the one.
Many others that had their moment in the spotlight back then have since faded back into obscurity. Nati on the other hand has built on that following.
Her music is a mixture of pop and folk. Maybe more pop with a knowing acknowledgment towards folk, with a few choice covers and folks songs mixed with her own material.
If you ever wonder about a band’s influences, you don’t need to wonder with her. The answer in right there in the set list.
There was a lot of audience interaction at this gig. Like a choose your own adventure at times. The crowd getting to vote for what song comes next with Nati offering an A or B choice and telling us “I’m like a human jukebox – but please don’t throw fifty pences at me”.
Also there were a lot of younger members of this crowd. Far too young to remember previous recorded versions of any of these songs. This might be how they learn songs from the Great Scottish Songbook.
Loads of fun, good at getting the crowd going, full of banter. Nati is a really good performer. I was surprised by how good she was actually.
Support for this gig was Kirsten Adamson. This gig may have been a one off in terms of the line up as they had no drums. Maybe this was down to timing and stage set ups.
Instead usual drummer Scot Forsyth was on acoustic guitar/harmonica at the left of the stage with Richard Anderson on double bass, Kirsten on guitar and lead vocals and John McKenzie on eclectic guitar and mandolin. They all sang backing vocals and did harmonies.
Musically they’re very much an Americana band. Maybe I’d describe them as Alt Country or Alt Indie Country. They’re very catchy tunes too.
Kirsten is the daughter of the late Stuart Adamson of Big Country and the Skids. During lockdown she told us that she covered some of her Dad’s songs as people requested it.
Then she wrote a song about that process called ‘My Father’s Songs’ which they went on to play before playing ‘In A Big Country’ towards the end of the set. Complete with crowd sing-alongs .
It was a really joyous and poignant moment that really summed up the whole set.