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Rick Redbeard / Sarah Hayes

Ediburgh Electric Circus (Tuesday March 12th)

By • Mar 15th, 2013 • Category: gig reviews

This evening’s support act is Sarah Hayes of Admiral Fallow fame.Sarah Hayes
She plays a haunting set of folk songs covering, she informs us, the three key points of traditional music, ‘love, murder and talking animals’. She opens with an unaccompanied rendition of ‘The Brisk Young Sailor’, swiftly reducing the room to silence. She continues on the keyboard with ‘When Once I Came to Caledonia’, ‘The Handsome Cabin Boy’ and a cover of ‘The Cowshed’ by Fionn Regan amongst others. It’s a brave and beautiful performance. Look out for her forthcoming EP ‘Mainspring’.

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Rick Redbeard
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This is Rick Redbeard’s (Rick Anthony, singer from the Phantom Band) first solo show in support of his rather fine album ‘No Selfish Heart’. He begins with ‘Clocks’, his acoustic guitar accompanied by the drone of an electronic shruti box. He is joined by his sister Jo on backing vocals for several songs and on ‘Any Way I Can’ plays a ‘novelty slipper’, a miniature tambourine fitted to his shoe much like a jesters. It’s a set that includes several new compositions with between song banter producing much laughter from the audience.

Highlights include ‘Now We’re Dancing’ and a wonderful rendition of the old folk song ‘Kelvin Grove’. It’s an honest and heartfelt performance, the perfect antidote to a cold and wintry Edinburgh evening.
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