Sunday 10th June 2012
Following close on the heels of the club's 1st Birthday night, and with a very short time in which to advertise and sell tickets, we were delighted when another excellent crowd turned out to see our June 10th guests - the very lovely David Gibb and Elly Lucas. There were quite a few new faces in the audience, including a contingent from Nottingham University's Folk Society - great to see you all. David and Elly were finalists in the 2011 BBC Young Folk Awards, and had released their first full CD - Old Chairs to Mend - only a few weeks earlier. David plays guitar and melodeon while the delicate Elly plays violin and viola. Both sing and have delightfully contrasting voices which sound great together.
Elly also has great skill as a photographer and designer and has produced some lovely publicity work for many local musicians including Cupola, Lucy Ward, Pilgrims' Way, and Lady Maisery.
David and Elly gave us two full-value sets featuring singing from both in almost equal measure. Their material is a mix of traditional and self-written songs, with beautiful laments taking their place between lighter comedy moments and audience participation pieces. Elly sang a lovely version of The Blacksmith, and a song of her own from the Mills & Chimneys project; while David had written a song dedicated to a 'Four-Poster Bath' he'd spotted in an antiques shop. There was a lovely chorus song - I'll Fly Away - and plenty more opportunities to join in with the 'Mingulay Boat Song' and 'All for the Grog', as well as their own jolly sing-along 'Jerusalem Cuckoo' with a specially selected member of the audience on Coconuts! Audience participation became a bit of a theme as the show reached its climax, with 'They were only playing Leapfrog' featuring 'all the actions'. For a well-deserved encore we got the opportunity to make animal noises with 'Going to the Zoo' !
It was all a pretty remarkable and confident performance from so young a pair, and the audience really warmed to them as they got into their stride. Another lovely night at the Poppy was topped off with an hour or so of songs and tunes from the hardy souls who stayed until chucking out time.