We had a super evening at our first indoor concert since January 2020. Not only that, but it was the first folk club performance in that time for both our guests - the talented and very lovely musicians Ben Robertson and Phoebe Rees.
For Covid safety reasons, we deliberately kept the audience small, and that meant we enjoyed a very pleasant and intimate evening of delightful music. Ben and Phoebe performed mostly solo (Phoebe played most of the first half, and Ben most of the second) but they came together for the last ten minutes of each half to play some of the music they have developed - mostly over internet links from their respective homes - during the ‘mandatory gift of time’ (as Peter Knight called it) that we’ve just been through. They are very talented musicians in their own right but these duo tunes and songs were particularly exciting. Let’s hope they can further develop this collaboration - it worked very well!
There was a good variety in Ben and Phoebe’s choices of songs and tunes. Phoebe included Si Kahn’s ‘Mississippi Summer’ and Chumbawamba’s ‘El Fusilado’ in a set displaying her international musical influences. Ben hit the spot with Chris Wood’s moving ‘Come Down Jehovah’, and Sandy Denny’s ‘Fotheringay’. Their finale, Dougie MacLean’s ‘High Flying Seagull’ really showed off their potential as a duo.
A big thank you goes out to Ally and Juliet, and to Marc Block, who performed a ‘song from the floor’It was good to be back - we had a lovely time, and I think, from the smiles on their faces, Phoebe and Ben did too!